Rehoboth Beach’s a(MUSE.) Chef Hopes to Give Future TED Talks
Cameron’s talk was titled “The Pursuit Of Happiness, Creativity, & Excellence, Both In Life & In The Kitchen.” Cameron was chosen to be one of the 29 speakers from all around the country, as well as one international speaker.
“I met a gentleman when I did the MidAtlantic Food Festival and he was running the TED Talk in Wilmington,” Cameron said. “About 2-3 years ago I joked ‘when I give my TED Talk it’s gonna be about…'”
Cameron is known for being passionate about food. He says he’s always been curious about different foods and flavor combinations which prompted him to enroll in the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Cameron commuted to Philadelphia for classes while working full time at the restaurant Nage.
Cameron opened a(MUSE.) at age 30 and just 9 months later he was nominated for the Rising Star Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation. He has also been honored with a nomination for best chef mid-Atlantic James Beard foundation 2015. In summer 2015, Cameron opened his second restaurant, Grandpa (MAC).
Cameron’s talk was 15 minutes long and he said it flew by! Throughout his talk, Cameron told the crowd why he loves cooking and making raw products into beautiful cuisine.
“It was a really fun thing, so many inspirational people were there, the best of the best,” Cameron said.
He started off his speech with the line, “They say if you chose a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, I’m sure we’ve all heard that before. Well I think it’s bull…”
Cameron went on to say being a chef is a hard-working job but he loves every second of it. He expressed his gratitude for those who have helped him along the way expressing how fortune he was to have so many people there for him.
Cameron says he loves cooking, but, teaching classes, speaking with people and giving back to the community is just as important to him. Many who have met Cameron can vouch for his happy, creative and outgoing personality. Just recently, Cameron participated in ‘Chefs Fight for your Heart’ put on by the American Heart Association, as well as help with the food bank and Meals on Wheels.
“When I was younger I thought that you had to be a doctor or a lawyer or scientist to make a difference or change but at this time I know anyone can by being a friend to someone, volunteering… etc.,” Cameron said.
As far as future TED Talks, Cameron says he would love to do more in other areas.
“The one I just finished was about me and my experiences– future ones I would like to be about my food philosophies, a talk with a more narrow topic…”
To learn more about Hari Cameron and a(MUSE.), go to www.amuse-rehoboth.com.