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Meet Our Cooks: Logan Ryder

Oct 23, 2017



Logan has worked for Antoni’s since October of 2015. His desire to embrace the restaurant industry began at the Silver Slipper, where he was exposed to other passionate cooks who passed their love for cooking on to him. Another event in Logan’s life that most shaped him was when he ventured out of his childhood home at the age of 18, living with seven friends in a 2-bedroom house where, ironically, he slept in the kitchen pantry. Logan uses the values of Zen Buddhism and Taoism to help him get through the daily stresses of life and to fully demonstrate his life’s motto-- to ”Go With The Flow.” While he makes a living through cooking, Logan cites chemistry and astrophysics as his other major interests. In the end, he wants to be remembered as a generous, loving person, “who made fiya food and knew how to frickin’ party.” As his co-workers and bosses, we couldn’t agree more with that description.

Here is a little more background on one of our most knowledgeable, long-time cooks, Logan Ryder:  

Hometown: Opelousas

Describe yourself in five words.

Loyal, trustworthy, hard working, loving, intelligent

What’s the best thing about where you live?

Definitely the food.

What was your first job?

Assistant to an IT manager at a drug wholesale.

What dish of yours are you most proud of?

I’m not proud of any one dish. I’m proud of every meal I cook for anyone I love, because I can make it special. I love being able to make a dish perfectly my taking my time with it one-on-one.

What cooking skill are you most proud of?

Being able to cut extremely fast and blindfolded.

What living figure most inspires you?

Anthony Bourdain

What book would you tell everyone to read?

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

What do you collect?

Crystals and Art

What is your favorite movie?

Across the Universe or Rocky Horror Picture Show

What literary, movie or cartoon character do you most identify with?

Pooh Bear

What music defines who you are?

Probably the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, the Doors, and Pink Floyd, with a lot of Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie, and Boosie

What advice would you give the younger you?

Don’t worry; it will get so much better. Just remember what Dad always said, “Just go with the flow.” That will pretty much be what you live by later.

How do you hope to use your chef skills in the future?

I just plan on improving my skills and putting out quality, good-tasting food. I’m doing what I love, so I’m going to keep doing it as long as I can and it pays my bills.

What is your idea of happiness?

Good music, good friends, and good times.