Chef Patrick began cooking as a young child in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica. In high school, he interned at Club Caribbean and was offered a job immediately after graduation. He worked in several resorts and then took his talents to the seas, working for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Disney Cruise lines. After returning to the land, he settled in New York City where he took the Executive Chef position at Negril Restaurant.
Chef Patrick now delights customers at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill and the Highland Ballroom in the heart of New York City. When he isn’t in the kitchen overseeing anywhere from 40 to 50 people, he’s handing out samples in Times Square or giving presentations in Bloomingdales or Macy’s.
Chef Patrick pushes the boundaries in the kitchen, creating a truly unique dining experience born out of Caribbean spices, Southern cooking and an American flair. Each dish he creates is a work of art, not only in flavor combinations, but on the plate as well.
Customers, co-workers and peers all agree that Chef Patrick’s demeanor is as palatable as the food he creates. Known for his mild-mannered approach in the kitchen, he is hailed for drawing out the best in everyone he encounters.
Everyone is treated with respect and equality, from strangers to celebrities. No one is exempt from his genuine buoyant personality.
Pull your chair up to his table; get your knife and forks ready. You haven't seen or tasted anything yet from Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson.
In the words of Chef Patrick, Believe in yourself. Love what you do. Believe in your fate.
Chef Patrick is not only a terrific chef, he’s a nice, down-to-earth person. There are not enough nice words to say about him. Many chefs - many people in the arts - are temperamental. Not him. If there is a criticism, he listens to everyone. It’s an art in itself. He is just that way and it comes out in his food. He knows how to talk to people. He knows how to make people want to work for him, and he gets people to enjoy what they are doing.
He’s very human. I feel honored to know him. I adore him. His food is the product of his personality.
- Miss Lillie, Owner
He works with a flawless execution and he works well with everybody. If we do have a challenging customer, he’s willing to go see that person. By the end of the night, they’re laughing together and having a great time. Chef is a real gentleman, an A-class guy. He makes everyone’s life a lot easier.
Chef Patrick is such an easygoing chef. Maybe it’s his ‘Caribbean chill’ background!
- Shurette Puckerin, Server
Chef’s food is absolutely amazing. What’s different about him is the way he runs his kitchen. He’s such a mild-mannered chef. A lot of chefs in this business have a temperamental reputation. He keeps it calm, and he keeps his team calm.
I’ve been doing this for so long, and I’ve worked with a lot of chefs. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like him.
- Eric Godfrey, General Manager
There’s something about his energy. He’s a soulful guy. He’s full of energy and it shows in his dishes.
- Andre Ozum, Actor
Working with Chef Patrick is such an ease. We have been working together on private event clients for 5 years and I really appreciate his kindness, attention to detail and the love of what he does comes through in every dish.
What makes it fun for me to sell his menus are that they are surprisingly beautiful and delicious to guests—they are always surprised that we produce such beautiful food options from a "nightclub restaurant."
Chef has a great time every day and you can see the joy in his food, the way the staff loves him and it helps that he’s always smiling!
- Colleen, Special Event Manager
Chef Patrick Simpson is not only a great chef but an amazing person. He’s intelligent, creative, and generous & that is reflected very much in all of his food.
- Dartel McRae, Actor
He’s an extremely selfless person, and always looks out for the other person. He always does due diligence to help everyone else. He is always willing to help out. He’s an extremely great individual.
- Jeff Riyraldo