Dezmon Campos is the executive chef at Tendrils Restaurant at SageCliffe Resort & Spa in Quincy. There, he offers an extravagant fine-dining experience, always sourcing fresh, local ingredients in a beautiful setting. Learn about Dezmon Campos…
Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
First job: Dishwasher at Rock Top Burgers and Brew.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: On my boat fishing or being outdoors in general.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: My biggest accomplishment would be helping open a restaurant in Camas. I was 20 years old and learning on the fly. I was able to give our guests a great experience every day and create a wonderful environment for staff, and that restaurant continues to be successful.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: That would have to be establishing myself as boss while being so young. Nobody wants to take the 19- or 20-year-old seriously in the beginning. I’ve learned to lead by example, be respectful, put the work in and others would follow.
Someone who inspires you and why: Shane Work inspires me. A restauranteur in Vancouver, he has had four successful restaurants in the area at a young age. He continues to work hard everyday. He is one of the hardest-working people I’ve met. He showed me you can really do anything if you put your mind to it and continue to go with the blows and overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Stay motivated, put in the work and take care of your body and mind. The kitchen can be a stressful, painful place. But it is up to you if you want to make it that way. Take care of your family and staff, which are likely the same thing. When times do get hard, keep going, and never give up on your dreams.
Favorite quote: “Less talk, more salt.”
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: Everyone is always surprised that I am 23-years-old, doing what I love every day on a high level.
What makes someone fabulous: What make someone fabulous would have to come down to their personality, how they treat others and how they treat themselves.