As esports continues to grow, there is an ever-developing relationship between the gaming industry and the food industry. As someone who has cooked professionally for many years, this excites me. I’ve set out to find the best chefs in esports, and discuss their opinions about the connecting worlds of food and esports.
This time I had the opportunity to chat with Bill “ChefBilly” Green, an award-winning Executive Chef and caster for Overwatch Contenders Trials.
To start off, why don’t you share your background in both cooking and esports?
Cooking has been a part of my life ever since I was little. My mother and grandmother were both chefs, one as a baker (grandma) and one as a pâtissier. I grew up cooking and attended Le Cordon Bleu after I got out of the Navy, graduating with honors there. I lived in France, studying there for about 18 months. I am now an Executive Chef.
My background in esports: Overwatch actually got me into it. I had followed the scene a little bit since I’m kind of a nerd. I played it on the Xbox — most of my gaming has been console games like Mass Effect, Madden, and FIFA. Though I didn’t enjoy it at first when I received it as a gift, as I played it more I got hooked. I found a community on Facebook that played Xbox Overwatch and got more involved from there. I joined an organization called the Console Gaming League that’s the largest console gaming network in esports.
What made you want to get into cooking? Did people in your house cook?
I actually wanted to be a music teacher, but my parents and I did not see eye-to-eye on that. I couldn’t pay for college myself, so I signed up for the Navy. When I got out of there I had the money to pay for music school, but at that point didn’t want to waste the time. I decided to do something I knew I was good at — and get a degree in it. I started at South Seattle Community College where they had a competition program: competing for the American Culinary Federation’s prizes (I’m very competitive).
It was just in the genes — I wanted to carry on the tradition. I could carry myself with a knife by the time I was 10 years old. I learned how to bake and work off the pastry formulas by the time I was twelve. I worked in my mom’s restaurant around the age of 13. It’s been a part of my life since as long as I can remember, it’s been all about the food.
What would you say your main “end goal” in both esports and food? How do you wanna contribute to these industries?
Cooking, I’m getting up there in years. At one time I really wanted to compete for the Bocuse d’Or (the Olympic Games of gastronomy), and represent the United States. I also wanted to earn my Certification as a Master Chef. I can still do those, but for the time being my focus is on esports.
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