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Rising Stars: Meet Corwin Cowart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corwin Cowart.

Hi Corwin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started out as an executive chef of a couple of country clubs and a wine bar, and after working for other companies for so long, I decided it was time to start working towards my own business. In 2010, I started working small catering jobs on the side and I was eventually given an ultimatum by the company I was working for. Essentially, I had to decide to quit my side catering jobs or quit their job, and in the end, I chose my side catering jobs. From that point on, I started Corwin’s Personal Chef and Catering Services and the company has been growing ever since.

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?
I’ve definitely had some ups and downs like any business starting off, but for the most part, it’s been smooth sailing. Ever since the company became large enough to need its own kitchen, our clientele has been growing. Even during the pandemic, we got creative and opened a takeout business, started providing meals for “Meals of Love,” and now provide even more personal chef services than before the pandemic hit. No matter what is happening at the time, I always try to make lemonade out of the lemons that have been thrown my way.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Corwin’s Personal Chef and Catering services definitely would not be where it is today without the love and support of my family and the dedication of my team. I was lucky enough to find the right team members early on, and without them, Corwin’s Personal Chef and Catering Services wouldn’t be where it is today. I found dedicated, talented chefs and servers who created the experience we pride ourselves on- high-quality cuisine and high-quality service.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Starting out, I took as many catering jobs as I could and did my best to get to know my fellow vendors in the wedding business. Eventually, those relationships that I formed lead to a good reputation throughout the community. As far as finding a mentor in the catering business goes, I wasn’t afraid to form relationships with my competitors. I looked at other catering companies as companies I could learn from, not as my competition. To this day, I still have certain catering companies I turn to when I have questions or am dealing with a tough situation. The advice I have received along the way helped my company head in the direction it did, am I am very thankful.

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Jacques Productions, Modern Mint Photography

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