“You take culinary classes, of course, but the financial side is also really important,” Woo says. “I’ve known plenty of people who are way better chefs than me, but they can’t manage their food costs and it doesn’t work.”
Woo scraped up enough money to enroll in Johnson & Wales advanced standing culinary program in Charleston, S.C. He was only there a few weeks when he learned that the room he was renting was an illegal sublet, and ended up with no place to live. Luckily, Ben Bebenroth, his new friend, fellow classmate, and the future Chef, Farmer, and Founder of Spice, stepped in.