The Pub on Second is hosting a New Year’s eve dinner featuring a four-course meal prepared by local chef Cameron Anderson. An Owensboro native, Anderson attended culinary school in Louisville and spent the early part of his career cooking at some prestigious restaurants before moving back home.
Upon returning home, Anderson opened Camcooks4u — a catering and private chef business — with his girlfriend, Tatum Helm. He recently hosted a dinner at the pub and said it went well, fitting perfectly into his business plan.
The New Year’s Eve dinner begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8:30, featuring a gourmet meal and craft specialty cocktails.
“We are fortunate to host a New Year’s Eve dinner at the pub; it’s absolutely gorgeous inside and fits the vibe we are going for,” Anderson said. “We wanted to make sure you can enjoy an awesome dinner with us and still be able to get home to your family or celebrate the night away before the ball drops.”
Like many renowned chefs, Anderson traces his passion for cooking to a childhood spent in his late Nana Norma Waller’s kitchen. Much like his Nana, he takes great pride in creating everything from scratch.
But, more than anything, Anderson likes how food brings people together.
“What intrigued me was how her food brought our family togetherness, happiness, and love,” he said. “It’s special when you can sit with your family and smile over food. I can be on the other end now and see families and friends converse while enjoying my food. It’s the best feeling as a chef.”
Anderson added that the kitchen has always been his “safe place,” allowing him to escape his worries and overcome bouts of anxiety. As the seasons and weather change, so does Anderson’s menu, but it’s not just because of local produce availability.
“I love creating food based on the weather and how it makes me feel that particular day, feeding off of the seasons and what local farmers have that I can use in my dishes,” he said. “In the kitchen, I can escape my worries and be myself. Cooking in general has helped my mental health in more ways than one. I am forever thankful for it and that it is my profession.”
He said Camcooks4U is operating as a “gourmet DoorDash” right now, offering weekly dinner drop-offs featuring three courses. The weekly menu features two options and comes with a salad, entrée, and dessert for $30 plus a $10 delivery fee.
“We bring these dinners right to your door. They are hot, fresh, and everything is made from scratch,” Anderson said. “I’m also doing a lot of dinner parties, where I go into people’s homes and cook for them — this is my favorite thing to do. I make the menu with the customer and create a personable experience.”
Anderson has already conducted several culinary experiences for Kentucky Wesleyan College, and has booked several weddings in the coming months. He also provides office and work lunch drop-off packages, and has pop-up dinners scheduled all over Owensboro.
To learn more about Camcooks4u or the New Year’s even event at the pub, search @camcooks4u on Facebook or Instagram. Anderson is also available via phone at 270-244-7562.
“I am basically doing everything I can to get my name and face out in the community,” Anderson said. “This industry can be very cut-throat, you need a lot of perseverance and motivation to be successful.”