We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Wedderburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Throughout my professional cooking career and entrepenuership, the most important lesson I’ve learned is to trust the process. Anything that holds longevity doesn’t happen overnight. Embracing the process while I’m in it keeps me humble and focused.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I think what sets me apart is the fact of being an all around creative. I look at food like music. Depending on what you ingest is how it may makes you feel. As far as cooking, I feel like it’s the process of creating music. What’s your favorite song and how does it make you feel? That’s how I strive to have my food represent. I deliver the service that I want to recieve. Quality, personable, professional, and all around passionate. I’m proud of myself for putting my best foot forward by creating my brand, Chef Slim’s Kitchen. I look at my business like a cross country road trip. I know it’s going to take a while to get there, but I stay focused, stay in my lane, and keep it pushing. My brand is a reprensentation of my story. I went from cooking for my family and close friends, to booking parties and private dinners. The love and passion is all the same. The kitchen is my studio, I’m always cooking up!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Luckily for me, the majority of my friends are sort-of homebodies LOL. That and I’m the chef of the group, I’m expected to know where the good food and drinks are! So boom, first day when I pick my folks up from the airport we’re stopping at JJ’s Fish & Chicken. I get the wings and tilapia with that blue raspberry frozen lemonade! You have to get the frozen lemonades! I live about 35 minutes north of the city, so I look for the spots in the areas between or around that area. Best thing about living around the city is enjoying different cultures cuisines. Some great places we’d go during the week in the Marietta/Kennesaw area are RC’s Southern Cooking (Marietta), Julia’s Taqueria (Marietta), Papi’s (Kennesaw), Baby Tommy’s Pizza (Marietta), The Rotisserie Shop (Kennesaw), and Mr Wonton (Marietta). During the weekend, breakfast would be Silver Skillet or Flying Biscuit, depending how we’re feeling! Friday lunch, we’d stop at Little 5 Points, walk around the area to come back around to get a slice at Little 5 Pizza. Hit up Ponce City Market for some snacks some more drinks. My favorite spot to eat at Ponce has to be El Super Pan! Get a couple cubanos with yuca fries, maybe an empanada if they’re available! Then we’re going to Biltong Bar to get a couple cocktails crafted by my buddy Carlos, one of the best chefs/bartenders in the city. After all the indulgence, we would rent a couple scooters and ride the beltline. With there being so many “foodie areas” around the city, I can only choose one because of two of my favorite restaurants are there lol. Friday night we’re going to Bartaco for some great tacos and drinks. Ask about the mystery taco! Afterwards, we’d go do some late night bowling at The Painted Duck. Saturday lunch we going to the Wing Bar, some of the best wings in the city in my opinion! Then we’ll ride around the city, do some tour guiding and people watching lol. Saturday night we’re going to Char, which has to be my favorite restaurant throughout the city. Great food, great music, the all around vibe to me. Afterwards we would go to Sublime Donuts for some good sweets to-go and hit up Starlight Drive-In.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could name a list of individuals that I’m appreciative of until this day. but my shoutout goes to everyone that has been a part of my journey. These people whom were also an influence to my life know how I feel because I’ve told them personally. So if you’re reading this and you’re one of those people I’m addressing, thank you. I love you and I’m forever grateful.