Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Aarika Ortiz, Founder of Chef Aarika, located in Denver, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My company is a multi-purpose company offering in-home private cooking, classes, and catered events. I specialize in teaching international cuisine in both a fun and professional setting. My customers are both children and adults looking to advance their cooking skills at all levels.
Tell us about yourself
I am a former casino games dealer, and in 2014, I made the decision to compete in Master Chef, the tv show. Though I did not end up winning the show, I was able to validate my abilities as a chef and change in career. Nine years later, I am just as excited as I was the day I began. My passion continues to grow, and I am constantly inspired by my students and food.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment would be finding my path and niche in the Denver community as both a chef and an instructor. I hope to always continue learning and sharing my knowledge with the community as well.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Balance. When you love what you do, you never work a day of your life, so they say. However, the struggle to take a break or getaway becomes very secondary.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
I would advise them to find a field they truly feel love or passion towards. Anyone can start a business, but the only thing that will get you through the tough days is that love/passion.
Where can people find you and your business?
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