As the world changes, so do the world of culinary arts. People from all over have created and infused who they are into the cuisines that we come to enjoy and even some we have loved for generations. Chef Camerron Dangerfield is taking his flavors of home and making a major impact on the world with his unique style of cooking. You may have seen him on Fox’s Masterchef and he is a regular on TV one’s Sister Circle TV.
Tell us something about your cooking and how would you describe it?
My foundation is in Southern cuisine but growing up I learned from my grandmother who was from an era where I felt everything was just made unhealthy. I knew there has to be another way to get this same exact taste without ending up with diabetes or high blood pressure which was so prevalent in my family. I just started watching her. If she used something then I knew I could still do that with something else, so I started watching the Food Network. I was watching to figure out what they were doing, so I watched a lot of chefs like Bobby Flay and Emerald Lagasse. I took what I learned and I fused it. So I call it a southern fusion and when people ask what is that? I say its southern inspired dishes that have fuses from all over the world, it fuses from all different techniques of cooking.
How do you remember some of these recipes?
I don’t write things down. I’m actually in the process now of learning how to do that because as I’m getting older, I’m starting to realize that it’s more important now to rely on my memory than to write things down. I’m new to cooking. I’m trying to create things as I go. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything the same because I try to reinvent it every time until I get to a perfect dish.
Being 26, what do you feel the younger generation adds to the culinary world?
I think the millennial approach to anything is important in any atmosphere today including tech, finance, and education. The millennial approach is what’s needed because we’re the head of the next generation, the old generation is moving on and now you need people to take over. For me, I bring diversity, I bring inclusion, I bring a freedom of spirit that most of Americans represent. We’re not the same America that we were fifty years ago and definitely not same America that we were a hundred years ago. People like me who are colorful and full of personality, have a chance to showcase that. I’m here to show you that you can do it, no matter what. I think millennials are free. They are very free in their thinking, free in their decision-making and this is one of the first times in American history where you have a group of people who are acting against the grain, who are doing things differently you know all of the young people who are speaking out about civil rights, who are speaking out about things that affect us as African Americans, speaking about gay rights.
For people may not be familiar with the Cooking with Cam brand, what is a cooking with cam experience like?
I pride myself on hospitality. Services sovereignty, sovereignty is next to God and I pride myself in giving you what you deserve, I feel like everybody should be catered to especially if you’re asking for services. I don’t want you to leave with anything to say but oh my god like I can’t believe that that’s what I got. I want your food to be memorable. So when I’m making something memorable you have to really put your heart in it, so that’s why I don’t consider myself a caterer, I don’t like to cook for large crowds because I’d like to intimately make the food. I only want to give out high standard high-class things, so that experience is memorable, you’re definitely going to laugh because I’m going to make you laugh, I like for people to smile. I’m going to ask how it was a lot because I just want to ensure that at any moment if you’re not enjoying something that I’m here to change that experience because every time you can’t expect for it to be perfect but you can be prepared to make it better.
To learn more about Chef Cam, check out his Instagram.