Darnell Ferguson, founder and owner of Super Chef’s Restaurant, knew early on what he loved and wanted to do. He realized his passion for cooking when he attended vocational school. His inspiration for starting his own restaurant? Watching celebrity chef, Emeril, on TV. that moment he decided he wanted to own his own restaurant.
Darnell started the right way, He went to Kentucky’s Sullivan University to study culinary arts . He was one of only two black students who were selected out of thousands to be a part of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing, China.
Turning a misguided course
Having a difficult time providing for himself as a chef, Darnell began selling drugs in the streets to make money. His time selling drugs resulted in getting arrested 8 times and losing everything, including his home. After his last incarceration he took a good look at himself and realized he had become the person he never wanted to be. He managed to find work at various local restaurants after being released from jail but his temper got him fired and Darnell ended up unemployed for a year.
From the bottom, up
Darnell began attending church when he realized that he needed to make some positive changes in his life. At this moment his temper is under control, Darnell asked his friend if he could lease a space in his restaurant. His goal was to create a pop-up where he could serve breakfast. In a few months, other restaurant owners approached him to do the very same thing at their restaurants. He was finally back on track!
In 2015, Darnell partnered with his friend, Ryan Bryson, to open their very own restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, call SuperChef’s Breakfast & More. Unfortunately, that location was burned down. Since then, he has opened three more restaurants — two in the Columbus, Ohio area and a new one in Louisville, Kentucky.
Once a so-called “street thug” without a home, Ferguson is now a successful entrepreneur.
For more details about SuperChef’s Breakfast & Mores restaurant, visit www.mysuperchefs.com
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