Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson
- Executive Chef
Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson is known by many for his talent in infusing a variety of tastes and culinary influences, but those who know him are drawn to his genuinely amiable nature.
Born in Jamaica, Chef Patrick’s love started humbly in his family’s kitchen, but quickly developed into a true passion as he began experimenting with different flavor combinations. His magical flare in the kitchen was quickly recognized and encouraged by the adults in his life, and he was granted two internships to learn about baking and cooking while he was still in school.
The chef’s talents took him in several different directions after graduation. His first job coincided with the end of his schooling, when he immediately began in the kitchens Club Caribbean. He then worked in Jamaica Grand Hotel and Sandals before shifting to Royal Caribbean and then Disney Cruise Lines. Later, his reputation grew at New York’s Negril Restaurant for his American and Jamaican-inspired dishes.
Chef Patrick now delights customers at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill and the Highland Ballroom in the heart of New York City, where he's now Executive Chef overseeing everything in the kitchen.
He has also cooked for a diverse list of celebrities. A few of the notable names include the Clintons, Felicia Rashad, Washington DC's Mayor Murial Bowser, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Air Supply and the list goes on.
With a dynamic, indefatigable energy level, Chef Patrick’s engaging, sincere personality is beloved by co-workers and customers alike.
A popular fixture in major department stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Chef Patrick has also been recognized in countless cooking arenas, spicing up the Potato Latke Festival, making appearances on several media outlets—stay tuned for an upcoming appearance on Food Network—and recently taking top honors at the Latet MasterChef competition. However, always proud of his Caribbean heritage, perhaps the chef’s most popular dishes are perhaps those closest to his roots and his heart.