Dan Murphy, Chef at BD on the South 40, Washington University in St. Louis

Dan Murphy
Dan Murphy, Chef at BD on the South 40, Washington University in St. Louis

“If you ever come around to watch how I prepare the food, you can tell I have a passion for cooking. I don’t do it just for the check, I do it because I love to do it, and I love for people to eat my cooking…after all, my dream has always been to have my own business, my own restaurant. I want a place where handicap people can come in, I want them to know that they are welcome in my business. I want my restaurant to have class.”

"I was raised with the idea: ‘If you want it, you earn it’, my mother always taught me, ‘if it doesn’t belong to you don’t pick it up’ or ‘if you can’t pay for it don’t pick it up’. In the summertime, when school was out, she would have us go down to Mississippi, and that’s for the whole summer. We would go down there, picking beans, gathering all the food together we need to bring back here for the winter…I think that helped me grow up into who I am now because that made sure that I wasn’t around a crowd of bad people. If you’re in a circle with everyone who has nothing, then you’re going to have nothing.”

“I like to cook for a lot of people…my auntie would rent a family pavilion for family gatherings like her birthday. I would get up at 7 o’clock in the morning, go to the park, and cook all of the meat there. 400 or 500 people would go because it was my Auntie’s birthday, and I would cook all the meat. Every year for any occasion, they would call me to do the meat. I love to cook, I love to season, I know how to make food taste good.”

“As long as I keep being the person I am, I think someone out there is going to read me, read my heart and try to help what I am trying to do. I am not a selfish person…whatever someone does to help me out, I will show great appreciation."

Dan has been at WashU for over 10 years, and he is part of the reason why our food is so great! Next time you see him cooking, be sure to say hello and thank him for the awesome meal.

Washington University in St. Louis