courtesy of Parigi


Meet the Dallas 500: Janice Provost

The executive chef and chief proprietor of Parigi on the happiness of sharing a good meal.

Stephen F. Austin State University (BBA-Merchandising and Marketing)

Why Restaurants:
“I have always loved to cook and seeing the happiness that comes from my friends and family enjoying a great meal together. That translates into what I do on a daily basis. I cook with people I love, and we feed people who are spending time with each other, enjoying the fruits of our labor.”

Toughest Challenge:
“Time management is one of the most difficult challenges I have had to overcome.”

Lesson Learned:
“The most important business lesson I have learned is to remember we are not perfect. There will be mistakes made, and
as long as you learn from those mistakes and continue to do your best every day, that is all that one can ask.”

Looking Ahead:
“One of the most exciting things about my company is that we are always evolving, always learning new techniques, learning from each other, and always pushing ourselves to be better. The restaurant business is a competitive industry, and I love that even though we may be competitors, we are also a tight-knit group who will help each other or our community when there is a need. That is true of the present, and I know it will be true of the future.”

Keeps Me Up At Night:
“I like to know what is going to happen so I can be prepared and have a plan. The only thing that will keep me up at night is if I don’t have control of something. I guess I am a bit of a control freak.”

What I’d Tell An 18-Year-Old Me:
“Everything you are learning will lead you to the next step in your life. Your career needs to be something you love, and if you follow your dream, you will succeed. Be patient.”

Scariest Moment:
“Scuba diving at night in Grand Cayman is the most frightening thing I have ever done.”

Favorite Food:
“Right now, I would say it would be a crab boil with giant king crab legs, fresh corn, and sliced summer tomatoes.”

Favorite Watering Hole:
“I really like Boulevardier.”

First Car:
“1976 Buick La Sabre baby blue, four-door. It was a tank.”

Favorite Movie:
“Auntie Mame”

“Traveling, writing, and painting.”

Bucket List:
“Live in France for six weeks, consecutively, and learn French.”


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