Chef Rasul Welch
Preparing and sharing food has been an integral part of my life as long as I can remember. My parents and grandparents did mission work internationally and their work garnered appreciation from the families of patients in all walks of life. I have vivid memories of dining with the wealthy parents of differently abled children in fine restaurants. There were also deliveries of humble foods like lentils and rice to our home because those expressions came from impoverished people ashamed to invite us to their homes. No matter where my family was or in what financial state, we always found conviviality at the table. Everyone in my family cooks. It is our connection, competition, and a collective language of love. When we sit down to one meal we are already planning the next. Like any family, we have our share of drama and frustrations but when dinner is served none of that matters. When we travel together the beautiful sights and fun activities are simply ways to pass the time between meals!
As an adult I’ve spent 15 years as a food photographer and 7 years as a chef. I’ve made photos and videos affecting millions of dollars in sales for regional and national companies. I’ve sat on the board for Charcuterie Masters, a national organization aiming to develop and support regional producers of sustainable cured meat products. I’ve been ambassador chef for Candor Seafood, a company focused on promoting honesty and sustainability in the notoriously unscrupulous seafood industry. I’ve contributed to a James Beard Award nominated cookbook focused on teaching wholesome techniques to home cooks.