We had the good fortune of connecting with Joel Mays III and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business started with the idea to help people. To help people gain, lose and maintain their weight. The driving force was to be self employed, independent and cooking without any restrictions. Having the freedom to make what I wanted to make for clients each and everyday.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart is the creativity. I am able to take what I learned in culinary school and put a twist on it. Place a spin on the comfort food classics that we grew up with. My food my way. Creating memories one bite at a time. One of my proudest moments cooking is when I was able to cook for NFL players. Talking to these men who play the sport I love, enjoy my food, excel on the field and win a super bowl! There is not greater feeling that I helped along the way. I got to where I am now in my business with a lot of hard work. This entrepreneurial life is not for everyone. It’s not easy at all. The sacrifices from your social life, family, and friends is hard. But each morning at 3am I roll over and go cook in the kitchen to help those who need it. As well as take the criticism from other clients who feel they want more from me. That’s the biggest challenge is making sure you satisfy your client no matter what. It can be daunting, you have to develop a thick skin in order to overcome each challenge. What was learned along the way is to never settle, fold or bend for anyone. Cook how you want you to cook, never stop learning and expand your thought process. My story is simple, I am a chef who likes to make people happy. My brand is for everyone, to help anyone who desires the change. To take away the pressure of cooking family meals, nightly dinners and holiday functions. May-I Personal Chef provides the food and experience that will leave you full and satisfied.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Red rocks (scenery) The Gaylord hotel (drinks and ambiance) Royal Gorge (hiking) Sushi Katsu (all you can eat sushi) La Loma (the best Spanish food in the city) 16 Street Mall (the evening stroll) Manitou incline (exercise) Tupelo Honey (comfort food) Union station (the view) Denver Biscuit Company (breakfast) Lawerence & Larimer (clothing and vibes)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story is dedicated to my father. The accomplishments I have received can from his belief in me. His love for me and the motivation he gave me and still gives me to this day. May Allah be pleased with him and he rest in Jannah all the days of his life.