On Thursday, October 24th, 15 year old entrepreneur and BBQ sauce master Tyrek Ware, owner and founder of Unique Ribz, will offer a cooking demonstration at Mrs. G TV, Appliances & Sleep Center as part of the nationwide Food Day celebration. Ware is a student with Minding Our Business (MOB), the Trenton-area non-profit organization that offers entrepreneurship education and coaching/mentoring to urban youth.
Food Day is a national movement to encourage the creation and consumption of healthy and sustainable foods. Their goal is to educate and influence individuals to cut down on sugary, fatty, pre-packed and processed foods in favor of more vegetables, fruit, whole-grains and sustainably raised protein. The Food Day movement is in line with the philosophy endorsed by Debbie Schaeffer, CEO of Mrs. G’s, who serves food prepared with locally grown and produced ingredients. Schaeffer is also a trustee of MOB and invited Tyrek to cook alongside Mrs. G’s Executive Chef Mary Beth Madill.
“We have some of the most amazing local kids doing great things, and after seeing Tyrek present his business plan at an MOB event, I knew he had to cook for the community at my store,” commented Schaeffer. “I’m excited to give Tyrek the opportunity to work with and learn from our Executive Chef Mary Beth.”
As a student with MOB, Tyrek has been able to combine his cooking talent and entrepreneurial dreams to produce Unique Ribz, a BBQ sauce recipe he developed after getting inspiration from his favorite cooking shows.
“I came up with the idea in 2002 after watching an episode of Iron Chef America,” said Ware. “My sauce is a unique blend that I developed by experimenting with different tastes.”
Once Ware developed his product, MOB provided the tools necessary to own and operate a successful business. He uses his personal social networking accounts, word of mouth, and his family—his biggest cheerleaders-- to grow his business. He is also working on a website that will be live later this month.
When asked what attendees can expect from his Unique Ribz sauce, Ware replied: “I hope to provide the community with lip smacking, taste bud-tingling rib dinners that will inspire all those who attend to have fun cooking with their family.”
Mrs. G’s Food Day Celebration with Tyrek Ware will take place on October 24th, from 6-7:30pm at the Mrs. G’s showroom in Lawrenceville. For more information, or to register, visit mrsgs.com/cookingclass.html.