Today we’d like to introduce you to Robbie B.
Hi Robbie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
The sentiment, “I don’t look like what I’ve been through” is one that describes my story. I grew up on the Eastside of Detroit. My father passed away from cancer when I was 11 years old and my mother was emotionally unavailable for even her own children. I spent my childhood in survival mode for the most part. I was kicked out at 16 and moved with my grandmother who then was given guardianship over me. I graduated from Pershing High school in Detroit in 2007 and went on to attend Baker College in Muskegon. If I knew then what I know now, I would have taken the time to figure out what I actually wanted to do with my life. I went to school majoring in nursing… I hated it. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I changed my major 2 more times before a bad fight with a roommate caused me to be kicked out of school. Going back home was actually a relief. I took the next few months doing some soul searching. Funny that the thing I had done my whole life had never popped in my mind as an option for a career. COOKING! I started attending the Art Institute of Michigan in Novi. I later packed up and moved to Las Vegas on my own to finish my degree. I graduated from The Art Institute of Las Vegas with a degree in Culinary Arts.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We all have struggles in life, how we handle those struggles can either make or break us. Growing up I had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. Myself and my older sister had the responsibility of taking care of a household which included our younger brother and sister. This didn’t leave much room to be a kid. Looking back, I believe this is what helped me to carry on the mindset of a leader. I always had to figure things out on my own. I isolated myself from others because I was never given emotional support from anyone around me. This is what actually taught me what not to do as a parent. I make it a priority to be understanding, caring, and respecting of my child. I constantly challenge myself to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually but allow myself grace during times when I may fall short.
We’ve been impressed with Redcoat Cuisine By: Chef Robbie, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner of Redcoat Cuisine LLC which provides catering services. I like to say that I am building this brand on love and passion. I pride myself on dabbling in a little bit of everything from catering, cake decorating to making edibles. (THC-infused treats) What I love most about what I do is the opportunity to be creative and exercise my own ideas. Maybe it’s the Aquarius in me but I am constantly thinking of ways to create, express, and take on new things. Anytime my clients allow for creative control, I am sure to execute well. I also teach cooking classes at Sur La Table where I teach ages as young as 7 years old to adults. I honestly love bringing people together with food. I know, it sounds corny but the energy that surrounds people when they have a good meal in front of them is unmatched. It’s that natural spirit of being a nurturer that keeps me going. I’m most proud of the fact that I am always looking for ways to grow in my field. There’s no such thing as knowing too much so I want to absorb it all. My brand is ever-growing and evolving because I am. Carrying Love, Light, and Sun.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What makes me happy is being able to intentionally bring joy to others. I specify intentionally because intentions are what shows a person’s true character. Knowing my child is comfortable, happy, and thriving makes me happy.