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BIO: CHEF WENFORD PATRICK SIMPSON

Raised in an impoverished family in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson began cooking as a young child out of necessity. Known as “Chef Patrick”, he recalls his favorite childhood memories being cooking for his younger sister when he was only ten years of age. Simpson nurtured his passion for cooking and has gone on to create a successful career as a corporate and celebrity chef serving high-profile clients including Adam Lambert from American Idol, Bill and Hillary Clinton, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Michelle and Barack Obama,... READ MORE

BIO: CHEF WENFORD PATRICK SIMPSON

Raised in an impoverished family in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson began cooking as a young child out of necessity. Known as “Chef Patrick”, he recalls his favorite childhood memories being cooking for his younger sister when he was only ten years of age. Simpson nurtured his passion for cooking and has gone on to create a successful career as a corporate and celebrity chef serving high-profile clients including Adam Lambert from American Idol, Bill and Hillary Clinton, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Michelle and Barack Obama, Cicely Tyson, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, and Missy Elliott. To date Chef Simpson has cooked for over 300 celebrities.

Chef Patrick’s professional career started as a high school inter at Club Caribbean Hotel, where he was offered a job immediately after graduation. Since then, he has gone on to work at several resorts across the island of Jamaica, including the luxury resort chain Sandals. At 17 years old, Chef Patrick took his talents to the seas, working as a sous chef for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Disney Cruise lines. After an 11-year career on the seas, Chef Patrick became the executive chef of Negril Village, an upscale Caribbean restaurant and popular hotspot located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. These experiences have allowed him to perfect the Caribbean-American style of cooking that Chef Patrick is known for.

After a myriad of tenures throughout New York City, including serving as Corporate Executive Chef for the B.B. King Blue Club & Grill, Chef Simpson now delights customers with his flavorful food at Sony Hall and the Highline Ballroom in NYC and their sister property The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Living out his motto – “team work makes the dream work” – Chef Patrick oversees a staff of over 50 people. Simpson is also the host of Tempo Network’s cooking show Cookup with Chef Patrick, featuring regular celebrity guests. He also has another cooking show on CIN network Optimum on FiOS.. (inna di the kitchen) and also come into the food Network 2019 In addition, Chef Patrick is the corporate chef for AtServ Club, a luxury concierge service assisting high-level clientele. In 2018, Chef Patrick became brand ambassador for Walkerwoods Caribbean foods.

Simpson is now establishing the Simpson Culinary Institute and is on a mission to give back to his hometown of Ocho Rios, paving a way for those inspired to follow a similar career path in the culinary arts. Simpson is also the brand ambassador to the Hope program in Jamaica for youth development and works closely with the prime minister of Jamaica.
Chef Simpson has been recognized by top media outlets such as FOX 5 New York and FOX 5 DC, Good Morning DC, CBS, PIX11 New York, NY1, The Culinary Edge, and Good News Jamaica and has also been featured in multiple magazines.
Chef Patrick pushes the boundaries in the kitchen, creating a truly unique dining experience born out of the fusion of Caribbean spices and Southern cooking. Each dish Simpson creates is a work of art, not only with respect to flavor palate but gorgeous plating. Known for his mild-mannered and easy demeanor in the kitchen, Chef Simpson is known for drawing out the best in everyone he encounters.

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