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. I started working at the age of 15 when I operated a Dippin’ Dots stand in an amusement park. After years of hard work (smiling at customers), 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 (bummer). I proceeded to Bowling Green State University quickly after, receiving a bachelor of science degree in Dietetics. After a traumatic rotation in an ICU (yikes), my goals of becoming a registered dietitian vanished (we all saw it coming). What a guy to do? I ended up moving to Philadelphia to attend grad school (big mistake). 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. Oh, I also teach cooking as a drag queen (lady in the streets, but a freak in the kitchen). I’ve been around. I even write about food (Freelancer BABY). My goal is to inspire, educate, connect, entertain, and provide anyway I can.

Be yourself, because everyone else is taken!