Thursday, February 29, 2024

Minority Business Highlight: Paul’s Kitchen

Paul Dickens, a local freestyle chef and owner of Paul’s Kitchen, has been serving home cooked meals in Indianapolis through his private chef and catering business for the last seven years.

Now, he has expanded his culinary creations to the public in a new way: a food truck.

Dickens grew up with a love for food without even knowing it, he said. Raised in Indianapolis, Dickens said he was surrounded by loved ones who were always cooking, but he did not take it seriously until he was in school and realized he flourishes in the kitchen.

Graduating from The Chef’s Academy in Downtown Indianapolis in 2012, Dickens worked in several restaurant kitchens — such as Harry and Izzy’s, Bucca di Beppo and Crooked Stick Country Club — until 2017.

“I started finding myself actually enjoying what I was doing,” Dickens said, “[But] with the restaurants, I felt like I was just being held back, doing the same thing repeatedly every day, so I started to lose interest.”

It was then that Dickens began planning his way out by laying the foundation for what would be his own business, allowing him the freedom to cook whatever he wanted and experiment in the kitchen. 

Paul’s Kitchen officially got its start selling meals off Instagram before moving toward meal prep for CrossFit gyms. It then branched off to catering and eventually to personal and private services for families and athletes, which Dickens has been offering for the last five years.

Paul’s Kitchen catering and personal services menu is entirely customizable, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Dickens said he completes all the shopping, cooking and clean up after a meal. For more information, visit chefpaulskitchen.com and follow @paulskitchenfoodtruck on Instagram.

This minority business highlight was composed by CHLOE McGOWAN at the Indianapolis Recorder, who can be reached at 317-762-7848 or via email at chloegm@indyrecorder.com. If you would like your business highlighted in the Indianapolis Minority Business Magazine, click here!

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