Terrell Nelson started cooking in the fourth grade. Now a third-year sociology major, journalism minor at Florida A&M University, Nelson knew since that day that culinary was his true passion.
“Cooking is one of those things where I’ve always had a niche for it, but I just didn’t want to do anything with it,” said Nelson as he described how he founded his self-run culinary business: The MasTer Chef Experience. “My grandmother, her name is Cynthia Scott, kept telling me to take my love for cooking and make a business out of it, and finally that’s what I did,” he said.
Nelson decided to make The MasTer Chef Experience more than a company that serves food, but one that serves the community as well.
“One of my biggest visions for right now, is to feed the community and college students that don’t have meal plans,” he said. “I also want my business to be for those students that can’t afford to eat.”
Victoria Lewis, long time college friend, admires what he’s done.
“Terrell is selfless, compassionate, and an uplifting friend to many. He’s a prayer warrior for all, and servant to humanity,” Lewis said. “I have supported The MasTer Chef Experience on numerous occasions because the food reminds me of home cooked meals while I'm so far away from home. However, watching this young college student- business owner feed those who did not know when their next meal would be, showed me that his service extends past the money, but caters to those in need,” Lewis said.
“The food is of superb quality and the presentation matches as well. The portions and menu options are very generous all at an affordable price that restaurants who have been in business for years do not compare to,” Lewis added. “Terrell does this all from his approved personal home kitchen which adds the extra personal touch.”
Nelson has made it his priority to open up his house to friends who are less fortunate than him. “I wanted my house to be a safe haven for people because you’d be surprised by how many FAMU students that you talk to each day, go home hungry each night,” Nelson said.
“I’ll be serving chicken and waffles platters and shrimp and grits platters to the first 125 people from 11 a.m.. to 2 p.m.” Nelson said. He’s calling it “Brunch on Bronough” this Saturday, Feb. 17.