Camden One: Mr. Satterfield, what is your background in culinary arts?
Mr. Satterfield: I actually worked my way up to where I am now. I started off as a dishwasher for a while before landing a job with Cooper Hospital, as a tray line server, eventually making it to garde manger, which is a person who specializes in cold food. From Cooper Hospital, I landed a job at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford, continuing as garde manger and advancing to a first cook position. I also worked for the Board Of Education in Camden for over 15 years as a head cook. From there, I went for my degree at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, obtaining an associate's degree and then leaving the Board of Education to get more into the gourmet field. I worked several jobs and positions from there, starting at the Marriot Hotel as a chef de cuisine, to working for former Eagles' quarterback, Ron Jaworksi as his executive chef at Valley Brook Country Club, to working for Sodexo, running the Plainfield School system food department, to where I am presently, at Brookdale where I just one "Best Plate Up," for the month of May.
Camden One: What exactly is Best Plate Up?
Mr. Satterfield: Best Plate Up is a competition that is held every month throughout our 695+ communities where as you take whatever food you prepare and you "plate it up" in an elegant gourmet style. You then submit it to the company, and they hold a monthly competition, with a grand prize at the end of the year.
Camden One: What was the actual dish you submitted?
Mr. Satterfield: The dish was something simple, roasted turkey, carrots and roasted red bliss potatoes.
Camden One: Ok, there's a lot of progress through your career, what inspires you to keep growing and learning?
Mr. Satterfield: I just love the game, culinary arts to me is not just cooking, it's a form of art. I'm very artistic in many ways, so this is my way of displaying my art instead of drawing it on a piece of paper.
Camden One: That's a great way to see it. Now with your experience and the path that you are on, where would you like to see yourself in the near future?
Mr. Satterfield: Actually I am in the position now, of where I want to be. I always wanted to start and own a catering business. I've done a lot of catering for others over the years, but it was not formal. At that time, I carried the business name but I did not have the business license, and I did this for about 10 years. After being tired of working for others, I researched how to start a small business, secured a loan, my EIN and all other necessary paperwork....it took me about 3 years to pull it all together as I went from a LLC to a Corporation.
Camden One: Ok, so prior to 1996, were you involved in cooking at all?
Mr. Satterfield: No, no cooking at all. I was born and raised in Camden and I got caught up in the street life. There were a lot of things going on in the area and I persisted to do a lot of things that were not necessary to do. From that experience, I decided it was time to change my life as I started having kids and they inspired me to give them a better life and provide more than what I had.
Camden One: Ok, so you are in a great place today and you share your success with your partner, how did you two venture into business together?
Mr. Sattterfield: Well her name is Dawn Donaldson and I first met her through my daughter's baby shower, which she planned. Dawn is an experienced event planner and she did such a great job... and with her being friends with my daughter, I approached her and asked if she would be interested in doing a couple of parties together. She agreed, and shortly after that, I asked if she wanted to become business partners and we can go into this full blown. So this is where we are today, a great company consisting of a great chef and a great event planner.
Camden One: Ok, so let's talk about food...what's your favorite dish?
Mr. Satterfield: Actually, I don't have one. I just really enjoy all cuisines. In this business you never stop learning because it's always a dish someone prepares better or tastes better. It's a form of art and when you are an artist, you sit down and create things....so it's the act of creating instead of sitting down going through a recipe.
Camden One: Ok, so what's your most requested dish?
Mr. Satterfield: My most requested dish is something simple, macaroni and cheese.
Camden One: Is there a secret ingrdient?
Mr. Satterfield: No, just basic, simple mac and cheese with a lot of love.
Camden One: What type of cuisine do you specialize in?
Mr. Satterfield: I perfect all types, I don't specialize in any particular one because once you start specializing in a certain cuisine, you limit yourself. Therefore I indulge in all of them...I try mastering all cuisines.
Camden One: So for the most part, you can accommodate any client?
Mr. Satterfield: Yes, this is where I stand out the most. A lot of caters have a set menu. You come to them, they present you a menu, and limit your options. Me, I prefer my clients give me what they are looking for, I cost it out and if it's feasible and within their budget, I'll present it to them. I don't like to limit my customers selections.
Camden One: What areas are you available for work in?
Mr. Satterfield: North, Central and South Jersey, the whole state of Delaware and the Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs.
Camden One: How can you be reached?
Mr. Satterfield: My website is www.sattscatering.com , also via my facebook business page Satts Catering and Personal Chef Corp and also instagram at SattsCatering_n_Personalchef.
Camden One: Any tips or suggestions for anyone who want to take up culinary arts as a career?
Mr. Satterfield: One tip, you can always make it in culinary arts...I always tell people that there' two things people need in life, to eat and a good hair cut (or hair do).
Mr. Satterfields is having a Casino themed launch party on September 19, 2015. The location is Chesilhurst Community Center, 511 Edwards Ave., Chesilhurst, NJ. Tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. It includes 3 food stations, $1,000 in funny money, raffles & prize giveaways. Tickets can be reserved by calling Dawn 856-625-8143 or Danny 856-534-2190.