“In college, I had three jobs and was a full-time student,” Mary Lou Davis tells her Instagram followers. One of them was as a dishwasher at a horse racing track. “I used to fall asleep in the booth in the restaurant after closing. I didn’t get to hang out with friends and go bar hopping and clubbing. I worked, I had a goal in mind,” she writes. Before she turned to cooking, she thought she’d study journalism. When her frustration with her major brought her to tears, she changed tracks, according to North Texan.
Why food? “I didn’t always want to be a chef,” Davis has reflected, “I wanted to be a vampire or an assassin. Seriously. Something powerful and strong. Growing up I don’t think I was really good at anything. But yo girl liked to eat. I fell in love with cooking.” Good thing she did. Mary Lou Davis has clearly found her passion. Gordon Ramsay probably thinks so, too. Want proof? The celebrity chef never yelled at her once on Hell’s Kitchen, although Davis admitted to North Texan, “He hit me with the disappointed dad look, ‘Really, Mary Lou?'”