Sean Currid is the Executive Chef of Maple & Ash Scottsdale. A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Sean has over two decades of experience in the culinary scene here in the Valley and has worked with James Beard Award-winning chefs Bradford Thompson and Charles Wiley. Learn more about Sean…
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
First job: Paper Boy at 12. It was a hard job. Hustled 7 days a week. My route was on very steep hills and streets. Carrying 63+ paper on your bike is no joke and a workout. I also had to go around and collect monthly dues door to door. (Way before the internet)
Favorite AZ restaurant: That’s a hard one. I love Matt Carter’s Restaurants (Mission, Fat Ox, Zinc Bistro), Doug Robinson’s (Gallo Blanco and Otro Cafe), and Lori Hashimoto (Hana Japenese) are some of my favorites.
Person who has impacted your life the most: My mom! An amazing kind-hearted and loving woman.
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: Waking up every day and pushing yourself for excellence. It is a grind to maintain that on a daily basis.
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: Anxiety and depression. I wouldn’t say I have overcome it. I have learned how to manage it so it does not cripple me. This is something I talk openly about with everyone. Not enough people talk about their mental health, especially in this industry.
Someone who inspires you: My brothers and sister. They are amazing parents and I don’t know how they do it with my 11 nieces and nephews.
Favorite quote: Rule of the seven P’s. Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Patience!!! It takes years to master this craft. You may know how to cook, but do you know how to run a business and manage people? Treat everyone with respect. It’s a small community. We all know each other.
What you think makes someone fabulous: Kindness and genuine care of others.