Born and raised on the sunny island of Barbados, Paul Griffith discovered his stellar talent in the kitchen at an early age, even as he excelled in more typical teenage interests such as basketball and athletics. Even as a restless schoolboy, he was already turning everyone onto his dishes, cooking food far more delicious than anything to be found at his school’s cafeteria. Rather than dine on it himself however, he’d sell it to his ravenous classmates and use the money to pay for various school supplies. This is when he started his first Pizza making business at the age of 14.
It wasn’t long before Griffith chased his culinary calling from Barbados to Miami, where he would attain a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in 2000. Once more, Griffith proved to be ahead of the pack while at college by making a connection with the members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle. This link would lead to his employment at the band’s renowned Circle House recording studio complex in North Miami, where Griffith sharpened his skills by preparing sumptuous fare for international recording artists and producers such as Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Jose Feliciano, P. Diddy, Shakespeare, Nas, Faith Evans, Tricky, Cash Money Millionaires, as well as countless others. For most starry-eyed 22 year olds, this would be more than enough. For Griffith, it was a launching platform.
In 2001, Griffith began work as a private chef in the Miami Beach studio of Dallas Austin, the producer of dozens of hit singles by artists such as TLC, Madonna and Boyz II Men. Upon Austin’s relocation to his hometown Atlanta, “Chef Paul” – as he was now coming to be known – was referred to Denzel Washington, who was in Miami to star in the hit thriller “Out of Time”. It would prove to be a momentous job for Griffith, as it was during this employment that Washington, after many conversations in the kitchen, suggested he add Personal Training to his services. Washington also referred Griffith to comedian Martin Lawrence who soon arrived in town to film the blockbuster action-comedy “Bad Boys II”. Although working on location proved to be challenging, it was rewarding as well and Griffith was able to perform his duties in the limited cooking environment. Shortly thereafter, Griffith was retained to work for singer/song writer Lenny Kravitz in his Miami Beach mansion where he prepared meals for him and his close knit family.