CHEF ANTHONY THOMAS - RECIPES: Creamy Crab-Stuffed Shells & Seafood Stuffed Baked Potatoes
January 24, 2015
Name: Chef Anthony Thomas
City: Washington, D.C.
Specialty: Italian Cuisine
Name of Company: Chef Anthony Events
Soul Society 101: What is it that you love about cooking?
Chef Anthony: Creativity comes out of me each and every time I enter the kitchen. Creating dishes that are flavorful, tasty and presented well on a plate are my three main goals when preparing my meals. I love cooking new foods I've never cooked and using ingredients that I often don't use in order to add a unique spin on my dishes.
Soul Society 101: What is it like being a chef in DC? Is there a cool cooking community?
Chef Anthony: There are many chefs in DC that all have their own signature style of cooking and always being able to have my own style that sets me apart from those other chefs, gives me and my cooking character.
Soul Society 101: Who influenced you to start cooking?
Chef Anthony: I didn't grow up in a household of chefs but I did grow up around a family of parents who enjoyed cooking home cooked meals daily. I went to college and studied Sociology yet determined in my junior year my passion was much greater for culinary arts. I pursued my passion from there by studying literature of all cultures. I found a great interest in Italian cuisine and daily studied the foods, the culture and recipes.
Soul Society 101: What advice would you give new chef trying to start their own business?
Chef Anthony: Find your passion, find your craft and perfect it as best possible. Always strive to do better today than yesterday. Trial and error creates winners and failing does not define failure, quitting defines pure failure.
Soul Society 101: What dishes have you yet to cook but want to try soon?
Chef Anthonfy: There are numerous dishes I have yet to try but I want to find a place where I can purchase Alligator near me. The taste is a delectable and I've craved it since I first had it in 2001.