Many people believe that to find success in the food industry, you need to start working in kitchens by the age of 18. At ICE, we’ve helped students from the ages of 17 to 70 discover their road to culinary success. Among those graduates is Culinary Arts alum Paras Shah, the executive chef at Kat & Theo in New York City’s Flatiron District. Already noted by such publications as Eater, The Infatuation and Grub Street, Kat & Theo is slated to be one of the most exciting new restaurants of 2016.
Before he was racking up mentions in the press, Paras was a restless 29-year-old, unhappy in his sales job and craving a change. When he saw one of his colleagues let go from the company, it sparked the motivation he needed to make his move. “I thought if there’s a chance for me to be laid off in this career I don’t even like, why not proactively pursue a career I would love? Which, for me, the dream was always to own a restaurant.”
Read on to learn how Paras made his dream career a reality.