Chef Eric Wells

Dillian Teabout | March 22nd, 2021
Chef Eric Wells (By Dillian Teabout)

Chef Eric Wells (By Dillian Teabout)

A disciple of Christ, husband, father, and author are just a few ways to describe this astounding chef. Chef Eric Wells, who is from Cleveland, Ohio has pushed boundaries, and, in the process, he has made a name for himself.

Chef Wells is the proud owner of “Skye LaRae’s Culinary Services.” He specializes in intimate dinners for two. However, his company also offers dinner parties and catering events for potential clients. “Skye LaRae’s Culinary Service” provides cooking classes that serve as a great bonding exercise for couples and help improve amateur chefs’ skills. When asked what the chef’s favorite dish was, he stumped but concluded it was Pad Thai. “I love southeast Asian cuisine. It’s just like stir fry but done with rice noodles and a bunch of vegetables thrown in it. It’s a great dish and different,” Chef Wells said.

His biggest inspiration came from home. When Chef Wells was a child, he enjoyed watching and helping his mother cook. “I loved watching her cook,” Chef Wells said. “I enjoyed seeing how food brought people together.” It was at this early age that he observed the power of food.

While working for a Fortune 500 company, Chef Wells’ mother advised him to change career paths. At the time, he was at age 30, and his faith in God helped him to make this decision. “Before my mother passed away in 2003, she told me to take this gift of cooking given from God and use it,” Chef Wells said. “At the time, I had a wife and kids. I also had bills to pay, but I decided to go to culinary school.”

Chef Wells has won many awards and appeared on TV a multitude of times. He has been seen on “Fox 8 in the Morning,” “Good Day Cleveland,” and “The Robin Swoboda Show.” He has won awards such as the “Vintage Ohio Celebrity Chef Cook-Off” in 2003, and in 2015.

Despite winning awards and his television appearances, he doesn’t consider any of these to be his greatest accomplishment. When discussing this topic, Chef Wells recalls when he graduated from the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute in Chesterland, Ohio, in 2004. “Being the first African American to graduate from the institute was an amazing feeling. That is my biggest accomplishment overall.”

Currently, Chef Wells is looking to expand his business, as he is training chefs to work for him. As it continues to grow, he finds himself wanting and needing some additional help. “The only negative about my business is that I’m one person,” Chef Wells said. “I have a couple of young chefs to help me. With their assistance, I will be able to do multiple events in one night, soon.”
Chef Wells planned on opening a restaurant of his own until he began cooking for his coworkers at his old job. The smiles he put on people’s faces and the conversation he had, caused him to fall in love with being a personal chef.

For aspiring chefs, he advises they find a niche and be themselves. “The problem with what’s going on now is that everybody wants to be something they’re not. Find a niche that makes you stand out in a crowd and do not care about what people think about you.”

Chef Wells believes the lord gives each of us a purpose and doesn’t provide vision without provision. He also believes that God tests our faith in Him while we are going through life. “There have been several times I wanted to turn around and walk away,” Chef Wells said. “However, I know that God was testing my faith to see if I believed in him.”

To learn more about Chef Eric Wells, please visit his website.

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