What Makes a Great Chef? Kyndra McCrary is the Perfect Example – BtG 021

What Makes a Great Chef? Kyndra McCrary is the Perfect Example – BtG 021

On the Show Today

Kyndra McCrary

Ooh La La Catering
Owner and Chef

What You Will Learn

  • Had to make friends as a new high school freshman to be able to hang at their homes until their parents were able to come pick her up
  • Went to Masters College which was a majority white Christian college instead of an HBCU which was a big culture shock
  • Decided to take on the role of helping build cross-cultural understanding at college
  • Worked in sales while figuring out what career path would be
  • Went to culinary school because she liked cooking and the creativity of being a chef
  • Every instructor recognized how great she was in the kitchen, letting her know she had a future
  • Worked for free at Beverly Hills hotel and the Sunset Tower in Beverly Hills to gain real-life experience while also in school
    • Milked the experience to learn the tricks of the trade
  • Right after that, she started her business
  • Started off working at a yacht club and faced serious adversity from discrimination and sabotage and developed a thick skin
  • Catered to many celebrity clients including Larenz Tate, Chris Brown, Debbie Allen
    • Worked on set on TV shows and movies
    • Caters weddings, large parties, and small dinner parties
    • Big organizations like the company that manages the events at the Santa Monica pier
    • Cooked for a frat house at the Univ of Southern Cal for a number of years
    • Cooked at a sober living house to teach kids to live on their own
  • Discounting too often early in the game could get you stuck having to always discount
  • You can have variety at home if you just google ideas and experiment some
  • Being young, Black and a woman presents many barriers that quality work overcomes

Kyndra was working in sales and cooking for the pleasure of it when she saw how much fun a friend in culinary school was having. She changed careers and went to Le Cordon Bleu to learn the business. After learning in the trenches working for free at the Beverly Hills hotel, she started her own business. She’s now been running a successful catering company for nearly 10 years. Her clients include celebrities like Larenz Tate, Chris Brown, Bill Handel and Debbie Allen as well as big companies, couples getting married and people who want small parties.

Listen and learn how she’s persevered in the business and what it takes to build a business for yourself.

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TQ Senkungu

I'm a husband, father of 3 boys, Christian, and man who learned from my parents early on that there is so much we can do to help others. My experience from the USAF Academy, serving in the military, working in my own business, as well as corporate, has taught me a ton about leadership and developing others and Breaking the Glass is a legacy project to pull all of those experiences together and give back.

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On the Show Today

Kyndra McCrary

Ooh La La Catering
Owner and Chef

Links and Resources

  • The Masters College
  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Molecular Gastronomy
  • Whiskey Cake