My name is Paul O. Mims. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, which has one of the fastest growing food scenes in the nation. Food is my life. My love for food began at six years old when I learned how to cook scrambled eggs from my grandmother. From then on, I realized a career within the food world would be my path in life. My culinary career began at the age of 15 when I operated a Dippin’ Dots stand in an amusement park. After years of hard work, I was able to move up to food service manager. This experience allowed me to be accepted to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world’s premier culinary school. Unfortunately, my stint at the CIA was short lived and I dropped out. I quickly realized my gastronomical career wasn’t over and I still had opportunities. My journey began at Bowling Green State University quickly after, receiving a bachelor of science degree in Dietetics. After a traumatic rotation in an ICU, my goals of becoming a registered dietitian vanished. What a guy to do? I ended up moving to Philadelphia to attend grad school. So with a master’s degree, more debt, and a new environment, I took life by the balls. I ran culinary programs at a public library. I was a museum educator for NYC’s premier food and beverage museum. I was a community organizer in conducting food access programs. I even taught in public schools. I’ve been around. I even write about food. My goal is to inspire, educate, connect, and provide anyway I can. If food is the medium, then so be it.