Current hometown: Mount Dora.
Occupation: Chef and owner of Four M’s Kitchen, Mount Dora.
My first job: Making specialty sandwiches and coffee drinks at a small café.
Greatest career accomplishment: Getting clients to enjoy a food they previously thought they did not like.
Business philosophy: Highly customized and elegant luxury on a plate.
Leader I admire: Michael Chiarello, founder of NapaStyle.
Away from the job, I enjoy: Traveling off the beaten path, boating, entertaining family and friends, and finding new boutique wine and food purveyors.
Hidden talent: Making a lifelong friend in five minutes.
Pet peeves: Disorganization, indecisiveness and cheap shoes.