02 Mar Jonathan Cartu Support: Tobagonian chef cooks for Ludacris
Arthur Patrick chef’s career started at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. Today, the 29-year-old Tobagonian chef is a favorite among several celebrities internationally.
He said, “I decided to go to the US and attend Johnson and Wales University. I realized that if I stayed here as a chef I would be stunting my growth,” he said.
Since then, Patrick has worked with singers such as Neyo, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton and was also the personal chef for Elvis Dumervil of the Baltimore Ravens.
But there are not the only celebrities he has worked with, more recently this Tobago talent prepared meals for Ludacris, (Christopher Bridges), as he visited T&T for Carnival.
He was recommended for the job by a family friend who lives in the states. “They wanted a more personalized experience for him,” he continued.
Ludacris is on a Ketogenic diet which is a very low-carb, high-fat diet but even with that meal plan, the local chef added some T&T flavor.
“I always try to implement our local flavors and ingredients into my menus, and he loved sweet potatoes so I did things with sweet potatoes, avocado, plantain,” he continued.
Patrick prepared three meals for the act the fool rapper daily and even though he didn’t partake in our doubles or oil down the Fast and Furious actor did cheat his diet on carnival Saturday.
“About 12 midnight he messaged me and told me that Sunday is my cheat day and he wanted something different, so I had to think outside the box to produce a menu for him that day,“ Patrick continued.
The 29-year-old chef said Ludacris loved T&T’s food and how friendly our people are but had some questions about our party culture. He said the rapper was impressed by our stamina.
“How do y’all party for so long, celebrate for so long?” he asked.
“Ludacris said that’s crazy,” he continued.
And while cooking for celebrities is a big accomplishment for any chef, Patrick has another dream he wants to accomplish. He has plans of opening his own restaurant.
“I am currently in the act of doing that, so hopefully before the year is out,” he said.
He did not disclose the location for the restaurant. He will, however, continue being a personal chef and offer his culinary knowledge to upcoming chefs.