Chef Vaughan Becomes a Supreme Grower

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It’s rare, a little strange in fact, that a garden is a meeting place. But when that meeting is with Chef Vaughan, it is a natural. Tucked behind the railroad tracks, lays the Boca Raton Community Garden. When asked why he decided to start a plot in this garden, Chef Vaughan answered, “Seeing small gardens here in South Florida is huge, and I’m happy to be a part of the movement.” This movement is an integral part of who Chef Vaughan is and how he came to open Pizza Fusion, the popular restaurant that promises “fresh, organic, and earth friendly pizza.” “My college years were over and I wanted to start living healthier. I wanted to be aware of what was going into my body and realized I didn’t have a place to eat, that fit my on-the- go and organic lifestyle.” Being no stranger to the restaurant business, an industry he grew up in, Chef Vaughan opened Pizza Fusion in 2006 in Deerfield Beach, never imagining the mass success and franchise opportunities it would bring. Flash forward 7 years and now his hands are dirty. “My wife and I have our own garden in our backyard and a homemade compost pile – it stinks to high heaven – but our dog loves it”, he laughs. You can tell that Chef Vaughan is genuine in what he says and believes, which is only bolstered by the fact that one of his close friends and colleagues is Farmer Jay, a Delray Beach farmer whose own philosophy is rooted in local, sustainable farming. Jay provides Chef Vaughan’s restaurants micro greens and seasonal produce, and just recently planted the rows of herbs we are surrounded by. There’s basil, rosemary, three types of peppers, sprigs of thyme,cilantro,and a massive patch of mint. As we talk, Chef Vaughan and Kapow! Noodle Bar’s Executive Chef Caleb, water each patch with a mixture of Supreme Growers products, a USA made line of soil amendments that naturally and organically feed the soil. “Everything in this garden is organically grown, no spraying is allowed,” he begins, “these herbs will be used in our craft cocktails.” Being a South Florida native, my teenage years were spent at Mizner Park eating ice cream and riding my bike down Delray Beach’s Atlantic Ave to my internships. It is refreshing to know that there are restaurants and business owners in this community who have embraced the local culture and believe the best world is a sustainable world. Visit Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. To become a Supreme Grower like Chef Vaughan visit www.SupremeGrowers.com