With black paint, young Adam Cooper painted over a purple Easy Bake Oven and transformed it into his first oven.
Fifteen years later, he catered for Rep. Ted Yoho’s re-election party at Gator City’s nightclub, Envy. Today, the 25-year-old has doubled Gator City’s food sales in the seven months he’s worked as a chef there.
This increase in sales has caused the restaurant to go smoke-free. When more than 10 percent of a bar’s sales come from food, it is considered a restaurant that has to abide by the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.
Originally from Hawthorne, a 20-minute drive from Gainesville, Cooper said his mom and the Food Network taught him how to cook “anything I could get my hands on.”
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