Don Bowie is a leader because as a child he was always hungry for information. Questions left unanswered nagged at him. A culinary chef who promotes healthy eating, he is committed to the community. He dedicated to customers ranging from transient to new residents. “Without them we have no business and no support. If I don’t support my community the community wont support me,” says the Brooklyn business owner.
Bowie attributes his success in business to technology and his curiosity. “I think with technology it’s easy to get information now. You just have to seek it. We just don’t look for the answer. We either look for it to be handed to us versus putting the work in to go find it. I think it’s a situation where we need to be willing to find the information and want to go find the answer. When we look at our cultural counterparts, they have the same 24 hours in a day that we have. They just go out and look for the information and we don’t,” Bowie chides.
Leadership for Bowie is a bigger responsibility than being the person calling all the shots. He believes in order to be a true leader, you must listen to the people you are trying to guide.
“If you look at the health in our community, we are really not paying attention to what we eat.”
“If I am not listening to what they want, and going on my own agenda, then what’s the point? If I’m not delivering what the people are looking for and what they need, then whom am I delivering it to … myself? That’s not really leading anybody. I have to pay attention to what they are saying. I am in the service business and in the service business you are here to serve the people. You can’t do that if you are not paying attention,” he explains.
Preventative healthcare and nutrition education are significant to chef Don Bowie who prepares southern cuisine but prides himself on teaching people about healthy options instead of just fried food.
“If you look at the health in our community, we are really not paying attention to what we eat. We think that eating healthy means to eat things without taste. I really try to show that there is another way to do it. You can eat healthy and still have a meal you enjoy and are excited about eating versus eating just because your doctor told you to. People come in, eat the salads we offer and they feel good about it versus always eating something that’s going to make them feel bad afterwards,” encourages Bowie.
“You’ve got to be knowledgeable about your body. Make sure that you are eating healthy stuff so it’s not an all-bad situation where you are eating something undesirable. Get educated and understand the importance of health before its too late.
“I’m asking for you to be leaders in your community. You can go to any chef and ask them, ‘How can I eat healthy and make it taste good?’”