Barbados vs. Canada Iron Chef Competition featuring Chef Paul
Saturday, May 29
235 Queens Quay West
Born and raised on the sunny island of Barbados, Paul Griffith discovered his stellar talent in the kitchen at an early age, even as he excelled in more typical teenage interests such as basketball and other athletics. It wasn’t long before Griffith chased his culinary calling from Barbados to Miami, where he would attain a bachelor of science degree in culinary arts from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in 2000. While there he made a crucial connection with the members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle. This link would lead to his employment at the band’s renowned Circle House recording studio complex in north Miami, where Griffith sharpened his skills by preparing sumptuous fare for international recording artists and producers such as Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, P. Diddy, Nas, Faith Evans, Cash Money Millionaires, as well as countless others.
In 2001, Griffith began work as a private chef in the Miami Beach studio of Dallas Austin. Upon Austin’s relocation to his hometown of Atlanta, “Chef Paul” – as he was now coming to be known – was referred to Denzel Washington, who was in Miami to star in the hit thriller Out of Time. He went on to work with more stars such as Martin Lawrence and Lenny Kravitz.
In 2003 Griffith took on a different kind of assignment, beginning work as the private chef for the CEO of a billion dollar investment firm. For the next four years, Griffith was also responsible for personally training the CEO as well as Miss Barbados, Miss Belize and several prominent Miami attorneys and business people.
By 2007, “Chef Paul” was ready to strike out on his own forming, Body Mind and Soul International Inc. focusing on nutrition and healthy food preparation. Since then, he has continued to be in demand, working for the likes of famed photographer Jonathan Mannion, Lil’ Wayne, producer Salaam Remi, Akon, T-Pain, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, as well as his old friends at Circle House Studios and more.