A Kent man is sharing his ardour for meals with the group by a brand new meal preparation service.
Brendan Daniels-Smith, the 25-year-old proprietor of D-S Meals Prep Co., graduated from Kent’s Theodore Roosevelt Excessive College in 2013. After attending some faculty, he started work on the former Bar 145 in Kent’s Acorn Alley as a cook dinner.
He mentioned he by no means noticed himself pursuing meals as a profession. His first profession selection was to grow to be a particular schooling trainer. Even when he utilized to Bar 145, it was to work safety. Nonetheless, after being employed to work within the bar’s kitchen, he started to see the artistry that went into meals. Now, in his sixth 12 months as a chef, Daniels-Smith has dedicated extra absolutely than ever to his culinary profession.
Working within the bar’s kitchen helped Daniels-Smith recognize how inventive a chef might be with their meals. Since his job at Bar 145, he has labored underneath a myriad of cooks, together with those that specialise in vegan meals. Regardless of not attending culinary faculty, he has had loads of expertise cooking for these with every kind of diets.
“I cater to just about all walks of life,” Daniels-Smith mentioned.
D-S Meals Prep Co. opened for enterprise in November 2020 after Daniels-Smith was laid off from his job as a cook dinner at Kent State College. Although used to seasonal layoffs that ebbed and flowed with the educational 12 months, he realized the hiatus that fall was going to be longer than anticipated. He was drawn to the concept of beginning a meals preparation enterprise due to elevated curiosity in meals providers throughout the pandemic.
Across the time the second wave of COVID-19 started, Daniels-Smith mentioned he acknowledged that the chance of the virus would restrict some individuals’s skills to do easy duties like grocery buying. D-S Meals Prep supplies away for individuals to nonetheless have entry to healthful, house cooked meals with out buying.
Daniels-Smith’s menus sometimes change weekly. Nonetheless, he mentioned he can create menus for purchasers inside a couple of days of them offering an inventory of their dietary wants or restrictions. He is aware of how one can make meals for these with vegan, pescatarian and gluten free diets and extra.
One in all his common prospects orders meals for her dad and mom who want a low-sodium weight-reduction plan, Daniels-Smith mentioned. He takes care to keep away from pink meats and dishes which might be excessive in salt. Up to now, they’ve loved entrees like turkey meatloaf and rooster meatballs with rigatoni.
“I wish to take very conventional issues however add a little twist on the place you continue to acknowledge what they’re, however to the place they’re nonetheless their very own new identification,” he mentioned.
Although he considers southern-style soul meals to be most acquainted to him, Daniels-Smith mentioned that working underneath a myriad of cooks has made him versatile. Other than tasting scrumptious, the meals served by D-S Meals Prep additionally appears to be like fairly. Dishes are seasoned nicely and plated in a approach that pops of coloration stand out.
Daniels-Smith is making use of for the suitable licenses to maneuver his enterprise right into a bodily location by the summer season. D-S Meals Prep is at present thought of a personal chef service.
He has additionally accomplished the ServSafe Ohio Meals Handler On-line Course and abides by the rules taught there.
From a younger age, Daniels-Smith was additionally taught to be caring and acutely aware of others, he mentioned. As a method to give again to his group, in December he used a portion of his gross sales to buy bathroom paper for a neighborhood homeless shelter. Not solely does he worth well being and happiness in his prospects, but in addition his group.
Although he not too long ago resumed his job with KSU, he’ll proceed to take care of D-S Meals Prep. All year long, Daniels-Smith additionally coaches soccer, flag soccer and basketball by the Kent Parks and Recreation Division.
Daniels-Smith mentioned he is wanting ahead to what this 12 months has to carry.
“I am hoping that is my 12 months to push us into some generational wealth.”
Extra details about D-S Meals Prep Co could be discovered by visiting www.dsfoodprep.wixsite.com/d-sfoodco. Meals could be made giant sufficient to feed 4 to 6 individuals or sufficiently small to be individually sized, Daniels-Smith mentioned. D-S Meals Prep Co. can be on Fb.
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