After graduating from the Santa Fe Kirkpatrick Institute of Public Safety in 2011, Carl Watts began his journey as Gang Intervention Specialist with Gainesville Police Department's Black on Black Crime Task Force. He worked with "at-risk" adults(ages 18-24), specializing in Crisis Intervention and Life Skill Development. Chef Carl became an mentee of Chef Bert Gill, who noticed Watts love for food. Chef Carl is now the chef of Blue Gill Quality Food in Gainesville, Fl. We're happy to have him serve as the Executive Director of Chef Empowerment.

Bert Gill has 31 years of experience working in restaurants. Chef Gill has established 3 successful restaurants since graduating from The New England Culinary Institute in 1994. Over the course of his career, Gill has showed a true devotion to the Gainesville Community. In 2008, Chef Gill was honored by the Alachua County School Board as Adult Volunteer and Outstanding Volunteer of the year. The Florida Restaurant Association named Chef Gill mentor of the year in 2008! We're thankful to have Chef Gill as our Culinary Director here at Chef Empowerment!!!

Josh Joseph has developed a passion for food and community development throughout his life. Chef JJ attended Johnson & Wales University graduating in 2016. He then became Sous Chef of one of Gainesville's top restaurant while also offering private catering to our city!! He made a commitment to the culinary operations as the Head Chef of Chef Empowerment!