Cody Walton

I have had the distinguished pleasure of meeting someone I'd consider a life-long friend, Cody Walton. I'd love for you to meet him too!

Some know Cody as an up and coming chef. Since he was just 4 years old, he's had this sort of romantic relationship with food. As I learned more about Cody, I heard how both of his grandmothers cooked, his mother cooks, and his sister is an artistic baker. Growing up primarily in the south, Cody's culture was food. He finds himself in the kitchen most nights whipping up something and during big holidays, while other men may take pleasure in drinking a cold beer and catching the big game, Cody's comfort zone was the kitchen.

There is so much food can say that words cannot. It is an expression, an extension of who you are. One of the things I love about being a chef - there is no point to which you look and say I have arrived. There is always something new to be discovered no matter how long it takes to find; some new flavor, texture, taste, technique and approach to creating a dish. The plate is like a blank canvas and your brush is your knives, spoons, tools and the food is your paint.
— Cody

I learned quickly that to Cody, food is not "just food," but that it stirs up something in people that many things just do not. In my many plated conversations with my friend, I've learned that food can connect you to a memory or a whole string of memories with one bite. Like every time I eat my grandmother’s cornbread, it automatically takes me back to a memory in Mississippi where I'm easily persuaded to eat the entire pan by myself.

I believe that the coolest thing about Cody is that he is a person of understanding and compassion. He savors memories and enjoys crafting them with a constant perspective of learning. 

With everything that I have learned, continuing to learn, create, experiment, succeed and fail there is nothing more valuable than my faith. I have had many failures, regrets and I have made bad decisions, yet when I am fearful, when I am angry, when I am filled with regret, inner turmoil I am reminded in Isaiah.
— Cody

“Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (41:10)

Cody's resolve is simple. As I have walked life out with this passionate young man, Cody's desire is to live with Christ influencing and orchestrating the ins and outs of his accomplishments. Whether becoming a chef or doing something completely different, it is evident that Cody has much to create, to explore, to succeed in, and even fail in. His resolve is still the same though: 

I am so thankful for those who in even my darkest times have spoken truth, love and life into my soul. I am so thankful for the encouragement and blessing I feel with my devoted friends and I’m grateful for it all. With Christ, who can stop the good work He’s going to finish within me? Not even I can stand in His way.
— Cody

Revelation 4:11 “worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created”.