Chef Derek Brandon Walker has accomplished much in his career, including being named a champion of Food Network's popular "Chopped" series. He studied with May Parich and Carol Cotner at the New School of Cooking and has worked alongside some of the very best culinary minds including Ludo Lefebvre, Jackie Keller, Jenny Cook, Noah Rosen, Wayne Elias, Sherry Yard, and Chris Blobaum, just to name a few.
Chef Walker's self proclaimed best job, however, is his position as Executive Chef at the St. Joseph Center, where he manages the Culinary Training Program and Bread and Roses Cafe. Through this work, Chef Walker helps hundreds of people a day, serving nutritious and well prepared food to the homeless and giving opportunity to those in challenging situations such as unemployment.
In an interview with the LA Times regarding his work, Walker states"It always puts things into perspective ... and there's always some victory, no matter how small, when one of our clients has been able to overcome one of their challenges. It motivates me, and it makes me feel great. I always tell my fancy chef friends: 'Sorry, but I've got the best job in the world.'"
You can read the entire LA Time article here.