Every Maverick needs a Goose (Top Gun fans, are you feelin’ me?). At Plentyfull, that wingman is Sous Chef, Ivan. A reliable and effective right hand man is just as important as the leader. The sous chef is crucial. He ensures the team falls in line, clear of their duties and operates in unison like one well orchestrated symphony. Ivan’s military training has definitely helped in leading our culinary army onward and upwards.
1. Who is Ivan?
Ivan is part of the plentyfull opening team. A guy who started cooking when he was 13 years old.
2. How did you get into culinary?
My grandmother was the one who inspired me to start on this journey. She always told me that even though we were poor we couldn’t go hungry so we must learn to cook to survive. I feel that food is a way to gather people around to share the love.
3. Who is your mentor and why?
My mentor is Chef Victor, our current head chef at Plentyfull. He has been my mentor for 6 years. He is the type of mentor that is willing to teach and guide someone from the basics all the way to the more advanced skills.
4. What about culinary life brings you joy?
Creating nothing into something people can enjoy.
5. What is your dream?
My dream is to open up a restaurant that is not restricted by cuisine. In this day and age, we are all global citizens.
6.What does restoration mean to you?
Seeing happy, warm faces at Plentyfull enjoying our food.
7. Tell us 5 thing we don’t know about you.
I started as a server, then bartender and finally a chef.
l used to be car mechanic.
I used to be a rebel.
I love fishing.
I love learning about other cultures and countries.
8. If you weren’t doing culinary you would be…?
A knife maker / fisherman / diver.
9. What is the biggest challenge and most rewarding part of your job?
My biggest challenge is leading the team towards greater heights. I hope that by sharing my experiences, skills and knowledge, I can teach them to be more independent and organized.