Executive Chef Hans Chery has never been afraid to try new things. The culinary force behind Michigan City’s The Black-Eyed P knows that one never knows what there is left to discover both in the kitchen, and in life.
“I just recently came up with an amazing crawfish and spinach dip,” chuckles Chery, who has worked at the restaurant since its opening last summer. “I’m always creating something new with elements that people might not think go together. My mind is always racing with things that I want to bring together and bring to life.”
Originally from Haiti, Chery has been experimenting in the kitchen since he was just ten years old. “I was always cooking for my friends and as we got older, I ended up catering their weddings for free,” he says. “One day, my friends said I was too talented to cook for free. Years later, I lost my job, and knew deep down that it was time to take cooking a bit more seriously.”
“Cooking allows me to let my hair down, even if I don’t have much hair,” he laughs heartily. “It comes down to always thinking out of the box, in life and in the kitchen.”