By Wendall Hutson | Contributing Reporter
Originally Published on 1/30/2018 by Austin Weekly News
A recent grand opening for a new restaurant on the West Side is a dream come true for its founder who served time in a federal prison.
Family, friends and supporters joined Nichelle Benford, 36, on Jan. 27, as she opened Dream Chef Kitchen & Restaurant, 611 S. California Ave., in the Garfield Park neighborhood. Since she was five years old, Benford, who previously was a model, said she has always cooked.
“Cooking just came natural for me,” said Benford, who graduated in 2008 from Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute at Kennedy-King College. “It has always been something I enjoyed doing.”
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