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Rising Stars: Meet Curtis Jamerson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Curtis Jamerson.

Hi Curtis, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Barbecue has always been my favorite cuisine. I never thought that I would own a food truck when I was younger, I just loved to cook. It didn’t happen until I was around 15 that my love of cooking came about. After high school, I joined the military and cooking to barbecue and find different ways to cook. Once I left the military, I decided to work for Quiktrip. While at QT, I attended culinary school for one year but did not finish due to the structure of how the program was setup, I was told to take classes that didn’t apply to my interests. After 11 years at QT, I decided to quit to start a business. I cashed in my 401k and my brought a food truck and a smoker. This was in 2018 when I quit, 2019 is when I brought my food truck.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
30 Days after I quit QT, my mother passed away. It was kind of expected, more like not surprising but it was tough. 30 days after I finally opened my Food Truck, my brother passed, totally unexpected. This sent me into a feeling that I never had before, a feeling of no motivated no excitement, going through the motions. Owning a food truck is incredibly challenging, every city has it different set of rules and laws. Getting and building a customer base, being constituent and staying confident that you made the right choice. Providing for my family and believing in myself that I will be able to provide is biggest challenge. I believed that given time I would learn the food truck business and continue to grow and adapt. I have noticed that my believe in myself has also been a challenge, sometimes I’m hesitant to make a move. My biggest challenge is self believe.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a food truck owner. I specialize in barbecue. I cook my meat slow and I season to a point where barbecue is not needed. I’m proud that I took a chance on myself and that I continue to grow. There is so much great barbecue in the city of St. Louis, can’t really say what set me apart but know every time I cook, you will get the best of what I am.

What matters most to you? Why?
Always giving my best effort, never cheating myself on effort. If I give my best effort, I will produce my best product and my best product is very good.

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