Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Dustin Ward

Dustin Ward

Chef de Cuisine for BLT Prime | DAVIE

Dad to Dahlia, 9; Remi, 6; and Caden, 5

“First and foremost, I am a father of three amazing girls I hold dear to my heart. Besides that, I am a passionate chef who loves every part of cooking. I love being able to take my passion of cooking and share it with my kids, and see them experience it at an early age just as I did.”

The main difference between life before children and life after children is….

The amount of pleasure you get from life. Before children, you are concerned about yourself, focused on the daily grind. After kids, it’s the same grind but now with a mini version of yourself looking up at you—with a smile and in amazement, and nothing but unconditional love and happiness for you.

The greatest rewards of fatherhood are:

Seeing my girls grow up and develop their own personalities. Getting to remember parts of my past that made me who I am and seeing the same happen to them. A huge plus is being able to feel like a kid again, playing games that I have not played in years. But the greatest of rewards I have experienced thus far is coming home after a long day and having three little girls running towards me to give me a hug and a kiss, tell­ing me they love me and that they are glad I’m home with ear-to-ear smiles—nothing warms my heart more.

The greatest challenges of father­hood are:

So far the greatest challenge is balancing a career with family. I don’t want a stranger raising my kids. I want them to be able to look back and remember me raising them, and to know I will always be there for them no matter what. I never want them to ques­tion if they come first—always.

The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life:

One piece of advice would be to always treat people how they would like to be treated. Even if the person is mean or rude, put a smile on and be nice to that person. You always will get further in life being posi­tive than you would being negative.