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Life & Work with William Deane

Today we’d like to introduce you to William Deane.

Hi William, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Started working as a dishwasher in high school. Watching the cooks working and the hectic environment caught my attention. After a few days, I realized that I wanted to pursue being a cook as a career. Then in my junior year of high school, I dual-enrolled in a Trade school called Fort Myers Technical College for Culinary Arts.

Graduated in 2015 and immediately moved to Savannah Georgia. Worked in a few restaurants and at a country club and learned as much as I could from others and their experience. Then in 2018, I began working at Alligator Soul as the Executive Chef.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been challenges every day since the start. There will always be a problem no matter what every single day, but you just have to keep on moving and push through it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m the Executive Chef at Alligator Soul in Savannah Georgia. We specialize in Cajun creole cuisine and Wild Game. We always try to push the limit and create an experience for the guest that they couldn’t get anywhere else. Using Wild Games like Ostrich, Kangaroo, Emu, and other meats to create a dish is my favorite thing to do.

It’s a challenge to figure out how to add their unique flavors to other foods to build a dish. I’m most proud of the team that I’ve got to be a part of and the team we are constantly creating and making stronger.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was really interested in skateboarding. I would go to the skatepark almost every day. Skateboarding helped me later on because you have to learn from your mistakes and practice constantly to land your tricks, which is similar to cooking and how you have to experiment with new cooking techniques to create a dish and continually learn.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @alligatorsoul and @willjdeane
  • Facebook: Alligator soul

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