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This Week We Feature Young Professional Travis L. Lennard

Owner of Natural Flavour food van, Virgin Gordian Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro. Photo: Provided
Persons getting their fill at Natural Flavour food van, owned by Virgin Gordian Travis L. Kennard. Photo: Provided
Persons getting their fill at Natural Flavour food van, owned by Virgin Gordian Travis L. Kennard. Photo: Provided
A mouth-watering preparation by Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro. Photo: Provided
A mouth-watering preparation by Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro dreams of expanding his food van business on Virgin Gorda in a few years. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro dreams of expanding his food van business on Virgin Gorda in a few years. Photo: Provided
Chef Pizarro still sells his healthy smoothies. Photo: Provided
Chef Pizarro still sells his healthy smoothies. Photo: Provided
Another tasty preparation by Young Professional Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro. Photo: VINO
Another tasty preparation by Young Professional Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizarro. Photo: VINO
For some young professionals who are entrepreneurs, they were fortunate to get a nudge financially or otherwise from family, good friends or even a friendly bank to get a head start on achieving their dream.

This week’s young professional was not that fortunate but was nevertheless blessed with determination, a positive attitude, and a talent for preparing scrumptious dishes.

Virgin Gordian Travis L. Lennard aka Chef Pizzaro is surely not your jacket and tie wearing type but, nevertheless, a proud businessman and ‘real life hustler’.

The journey

Travis’ journey to establishing his own business began in 2012 when he started working at Saba Rock Bar and Grill in the North Sound, Virgin Gorda area as a Grill Helper.

After a year, Travis became a Cook.

However, our young professional would soon leave that job at Saba Rock and became a First Mate on the North Sound Express (NSX) Ferry.

“But I always wanted to have my own food truck,” Travis reflected, noting that it was his friend Lionel M. Richardson, the owner of Lionel's Ice Delivery on Virgin Gorda, who this news site featured as a Young Professional in March of this year, that inspired him to start his own business.

“Lionel and I worked together at NSX Ferry but he left to start his own ice truck business and so he told me to ‘try to start your own thing.’”

Travis stayed on working for three years but all the while was saving up his money to get his own food truck business started.

Naturals Flavours

Our Young Professional, however, went off script a little as he then ventured into selling smoothies.

After saving just enough, Travis got back on track by starting a small food truck business- Natural Flavour.

“Today I am happy that I did so. I love to cook and I don’t only cook but I put a lot of effort into my food.”

Travis, a former student of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre’s Primary and Secondary Divisions, seems to have just the right touch in the cooking business as his reviews have been very positive and his customer base continues to build.

 “I ask people about my food, what I am doing wrong, I want them tell me everything and if there is a problem I fix it right away so today that makes me who I am.”

Gratitude to a good friend

Travis aka Chef Pizarro was full of gratitude for his friend Lional, who he said gave him the courage to venture out on his own as a businessman.

“I thank God for my good friend Lionel, for pushing me to my goal.”

In a few years’ time, Travis sees himself with a bigger food truck, “but today I am doing well and I thank God for his blessings.”

Natural Flavour food van is usually located at the Virgin Gorda market place, across from the Virgin Gorda Fire Station; however, due to road works on Lee Road it is currently operating next to Rock Cafe across from Delta Gas Station.

Advice to youth

Chef Pizarro was sure to feed the young people with some good food for thought with the aim of encouraging them to also chase their own dreams despite the challenges.

“Go for it, try something. It is not just going come to you, it is not easy but you have to be strong and do it, in my words today, ‘just do it’.”

Travis L. Lennard shared too that he would love to see more young people start their own business.

20 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Travis L. Lennard”

  • VG Girl (23/06/2017, 11:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say his food is great and is like he it taste the same it dont change keep up the good work pizzaro
  • Vg boss (23/06/2017, 11:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Real good food trust me
  • Proud (23/06/2017, 11:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of you my brodda
  • Sweet Thing (23/06/2017, 12:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any one who feel for the best burgers and chicken and fries he got them and the real way dont care what people say he have thw best fast food place on vg and he food is cheap
  • cherry (23/06/2017, 12:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pizzaro is a guy i wish alot young man could follow him he and lionel is two out of a many who doing them thing and them very young at it them will make it and them work real hard trust me
  • ccc (23/06/2017, 12:17) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another great pick vino big ups
  • walters (23/06/2017, 12:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vg best fast food place give that to him real good food his fries is the best in world wow he doing a great job
  • ... (23/06/2017, 12:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    you go boy!! do your do and congratulations Travis you making me hungry
  • VG Fam (23/06/2017, 13:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Considering what your past struggles were, I am super happy and proud for you Cous! Continue your success!
  • JM (23/06/2017, 13:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is the best am happy for him he come a long way
  • Lionel (23/06/2017, 14:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Travis is a very good man he is hard working I do not want him to give up I want him too work hard and stay focos his food is very delicious.. I am their for him any time he need me.....
  • Cuzzo (23/06/2017, 16:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Job Pizzarro. I always told you this, only up from here! Congrats, BEST FAST FOOD ON VG!
  • Jay (23/06/2017, 19:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pizzaro what you dose put in the chicken o my god them taste real nice keep it up i love you food
  • VG (23/06/2017, 21:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah this man fast food is the best I've tasted in the BVI, BIG UPS Pizza roel one love my brother!
  • vg massive (23/06/2017, 23:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    so impress with his food and this young man we have hope still in the BVI
  • Adic (24/06/2017, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do ya thing cuz.Hard work do pays off.
  • Chef pizzaro (24/06/2017, 10:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big big thanks to everyone i am happy that my people love my food i put alot into my food and in years to come am getting better and i have alot to come in a few months i will have a great menu kids meal combo and lot more once again from natural flavors and i thanks.
  • Nice (24/06/2017, 14:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    A local young man not complaining abd blaming but rather getting off his @$& and being determined to succeed. Best wishes with your business big man!

  • fyah ras (25/06/2017, 10:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of you fyah. You done know. Keep up the good work fyah. Bless!
  • SOUTH SIDE (26/06/2017, 06:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big up to Pizarro he is doing a great job his food is tasty n his food does hook u to come back , plus pizzaro is nice guy very friendly with his customers so that's a plus also , keep up the good work my ,as u always tell me is the man , u is the man bro lol hint


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