Chef Ryan Rondeno is a working piece of art! Owner of Rondeno Culinary Designs, Chef Ryan has cooked for some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Will Smith, Common, and many more! Chef Ryan sure has perfected his craft and even allowed Sheen Magazine to feast on a true culinary experience. In this exclusive interview, Chef Ryan Rondeno gives us the inside scoop on just who this culinary mastermind is!
How long have you been in the culinary industry? Can you share with us when you knew this was the path you were supposed to take?
I’ve been in the culinary industry for 19 years now. Even though my family cooks, it just took me messing around in the kitchen when I was younger, I knew it was going to be apart of my life. My cousin and I used to always joke around and one day he said, “You’re going to be a chef one day.” I didn’t think anything of it though. I just brushed it off. It wasn’t until I was about 16-years old when I knew this was what I wanted to do in life.
What would you say is your favorite part about your career?
I love creativity. It never gets old. It’s always something fresh that keeps it interesting to follow, that’s what makes it all worth it for me in the end.
Do you mind sharing a challenge you have had to face in order to get to where you are today?
It’s competitive. You often face different chefs. The challenge is most definitely looking at yourself as an individual while still working as a team. There are a lot of chef that really know what they’re doing and they’re constantly excelling to get to the next level.
What advice would you give to someone who may have the same dream you did?
Learn everything you can. Try new recipes and cuisine, try something new outside your realm. Eat, breathe, read, and gain that knowledge to create the art.
What do you think is a common misconception people have on the culinary industry?
Well, there are a lot. (laughs) I would say, one misconception is what you may see on television. Many confuse what they see and the reality of the restaurant. I mean, it’s quick, it’s fast, things take time. Chefs lives are time consuming. I could get up to start the day at 6 in the morning but not be done working until 12 at night. It’s a lot of long days and night versus what you see on television where it’s cut down and edited.
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