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Rising Stars: Meet Joshua E. Thompson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua E. Thompson.

Hi Joshua, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I got involved in the culinary world while living abroad in Asia. I met some incredible cooks and found something I would call a passion. However, I was afraid to do this as a career and ended up studying International Business & Finance instead of culinary arts. I always said that I would go back to school and learn culinarily, but I didn’t until I moved to AZ.

I decided to go back to school once I moved to Phoenix and was offered a scholarship to study Baking & Pastry Arts at Le Cordon Bleu. That lead me to work at the Phoenician, starting as an intern, then working my way up working in the Pastry Department for three years before I left to join LGO Hospitality.

Once at LGO, I started in gelato, proving myself in all departments, then went on to become a Pastry Chef and then Director and finally being offered a partnership in the company. I developed and launched the LGO Cakeshop concept while maintaining and expanding the LGO Bakeshop and Grateful Spoon Gelato Brands.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Finding balance and not losing yourself to the business. I am a very driven individual and want to succeed in all that I do. However, I sometimes forget about the small things in life, the everyday nuances like making time for yourself and lol… eating!

Anyone who has been in the restaurant business knows what I am talking about. It can become all-consuming and you have to draw a line somewhere between yourself and how much you are willing to take on.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Honesty, integrity, creativity, finding the time for yourself and the things that you like to do.

Variety is the spice of life no matter how cliché it sounds. Everything in life is about balance, dessert and food, décor, love, and sex, it’s always a constant in my life I am trying to find.

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