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Master Chef: Danny Delcambre

Editor's Note: Reprinted, eSight Careers Network, www.esight.org The Seattle Times newspaper called Danny Delcambre "Seattle's can-do chef."

And this is not the only recognition Delcambre has received. He has been recognized with the Award for Outstanding Small Employer of the Year, the 1995 Small Business of the Year in the City of Seattle, winner of the Washington Better Business Bureau Torch Award, the Gallaudet University's Amos Kendal Award and the Nordstrom's Salute to Cultural Diversity Community Service Award. Delcambre has served dinner to former President Bill Clinton and has been invited to the White House.

When Delcambre, who is both blind and deaf, applied to Paul Prudhomme's elite and exclusive cooking school, the colorful master (the famous Cajun chef) asked him two questions: "Are you Cajun? Can you use a knife?" Delcambre responded "Oui!" (yes) to both questions and was accepted. He now owns and operates The Ragin Cajun, known as "the most authentic Cajun cuisine in the Puget Sound area."

Delcambre, whose restaurant is located in Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, needs little more than an American Sign Language interpreter for his work, and that's only because he also is a motivational speaker known worldwide for his uplifting point of view. "I hang out with positive people!" he exclaims.

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