“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ~Julia Child
Welcome to my personal blog everyone. I have been so blessed over the last year to work with the professional esports gaming team The Philadelphia Fusion in the first season of the Overwatch League.
This season has brought me so much excitement. I have learned about the vast world of esports and specifically the game Overwatch. I have learned more about myself too in just a few short months working with the team.
There has been a few interviews and articles about me throughout the season, however I’d like to provide you all with a first hand experience into what it has been like for me joining the Fusion as the first private chef in the league.
Let us start with the story of how it came to be….
You guys, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make and hone lasting connections in this word for your career, your personal lives and through your family. Connections keep us rooted in the grown as well as provide branches for us to grow on. That’s how it started for me. Well over a year before I knew about the esports world I met a fellow chef who would then become instrumental in my introduction to the Fusion that would change everything I thought I knew about my profession. When I met chef Gregory Adams I was in a hallow place in my life and my career. I knew that I wanted a different life. A life I would not need a vacation from. A life that I could enjoy and grow in. I love being a chef, but the hours and personal sacrifice had brought me to a point where I would consider a career change that wouldn’t serve me or my purpose. Geographically I was also stunted. I stayed in the area I graduated High school and college out of fear. I feared change for so long and any sense of adventure was consumed by that.
The first thing I did was the opposite of anything I’d ever felt. I sold everything and moved to San Diego. I started working short term gigs with no real plans. I put my faith in the universe and started building a professional network. I took risks, worked hard and with purpose at everything I did, just as I’ve always done.
I remember the day I got the call from Chef Gregory. I was in LA on a temporary Gig and it was HOT outside. Chef beams through the phone “Heidi, you’re not going to believe this, I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.” And we go on discussing the details, both of us thinking this was a soccer team of some sort! Shortly after our conversation I was put in touch with Scott, the VP of culinary excellence for Comcast Spectator and we discussed my experience. “I’ve looked at your past menus and I’m glad that you can cook global cuisine, we really need this”. I was ecstatically curious. He explained to me that this team was an esports team that live in a house in LA and they needed healthy global food. From that conversation sparked my introduction to Reston Yoo, the house manager of The Fusion. We set a time and date for me to come to the house, meet the team, and offer samples of food. This was a chances for them to try my cooking as well as an opportunity to get to know their likes. I put out an array of dishes for them to try. You can see some of those dishes below. I was so impressed with the fellas initially. They were all very polite and gleamed with excitement at the choices I’d put forth. I learned two things instantly. Convincing these guys to eat salad will be tricky and they can definitely put away some protein.
Rostov and I hit it off right away and I returned to San Diego in great spirit. The very next day I received the from Joe Marsh (we may be related, not sure), and I accepted without hesitation.
Two weeks from that day I had relocated to Burbank where my journey with The Fusion will begin.
Keep an eye out for The First course guys as I walk you through the my early work with The Fusion.