Local chef caters Easter basket giveaway

admin | 4/12/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Local chef and caterer Darryl Jones, also known as Chef DP, believes in the motto that to whom much blessings are giving, much responsibility is necessary. I do [charity work] because its in my heart and Ive been blessed and I feel that when Im blessed I like to pass on my blessings to others, plus I just love where I come from, said the Liberty City native. As an example of his love for his community, he gave away Easter baskets to youth at Holtz Childrens Hospital in Miami last Thursday, prior to Easter weekend. I adopted a floor to actually give back to the kids at the hospital that are sick and that wont be able to leave the hospital for Easter to let them know that there are people who care and are thinking about them, Jones explained. With support from local sponsors, Jones was able to prepare 200 baskets. Although the hospitals dietary restrictions for its patients meant that the baskets were filled with stuffed animals, books and crayons, Jones admitted he would have loved to have been able to cook for the children which is his passion. He opened his first food stand when he was 17 at the local flea market. Since then, he has opened two restaurants and is currently a full-time student at Miami-Dade Colleges Miami Culinary Institute where he is pursuing an associates degree in culinary arts. I have a passion for it, I love cooking because its in my blood line, he said. [Cooking] gives me a peace of mind so that when Im upset all I have to do is cook and it makes me happy. Jones credits his love of the culinary arts with preparing him for the world at large.The Miami Northwestern Senior High School graduate learned much of his cooking skills and business acumen from his aunts, mother and grandfathers. [Cooking] has taught me how to handle business matters, food preparation, how to work under pressure and how to interact with different cultures, he said. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com