Jabari Grayson • Chefpreneur

Superpower: I developed a passion for cooking at an early age, insisting on helping my mother and grandmother when I could.  I attended, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Early on in school it was evident that I possessed a natural instinct for culinary cuisine in both taste and smell. For almost seven years as an Executive Chef, Food Service Director, Production Manager, and Entrepreneur,  I have been constantly tweaking and improving my culinary offerings, striving to master all culinary skills and techniques.

Best Spot in the Neighborhood: My favorite spots in the neighborhood are The Plant and Art Alley, which is under construction.

Why Tallahassee: I was transferred to Tallahassee in 2011 while working as an Executive Chef for the French Food Service Management Company Sodexo. I love Tallahassee! In early 2013, despite having opportunities elsewhere, I made the biggest decision of my life thus far, and decided to start Kubano!. Tallahassee is great for walking, talking, cultural and social exchanges, and I hope... to start new concepts in business!

On Entrepreneurship: My father always suggested to "Be Your Own Boss." The opportunity presented itself, and I seized it. I had a vision, thought it through,  knew where I wanted it to go,  and how I wanted to get there.

Great businesses persevere and maneuver past obstacles toward achieving their goals. We hope and strive to be a great business.
— JG

To try Jabari's Cuban cuisine, swing by Kubano! at the SW corner of Gaines and Railroad.