Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith at one point were members of rival gangs. Jenkins was a Crip and Smith was a member of the bloods. Jenkins sold drugs while being apart of the Crips and he acknowledges it got him into alot of trouble. He quotes “All money isn’t good money. “[Selling drugs] worked for me for a little while until it started to get me into trouble, so I had to find something legit to do.”
These two men met thru a mutual friend and have been partners ever since. Jenkins attended prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, and began to post some of his best work on social networks. After while it garnered massive success and transformed into Trap Kitchen La. Smith says The gang stuff, the shootings, now that I’m in this kitchen, I don’t go through none of that,” Smith The men make everything from the simple yet comforting chicken and waffle,s to the popular and more decadent $25 Pineapple Friday dish which is made up of King Crab, lobster, jumbo shrimp and salmon over white rice covered in Teriyaki Sriracha sesame seeds and green onions placed inside an actual pineapple. ”You can make the same amount of money selling drugs, selling food,”says Jenkins. Damn right about that! These men are living proof that you can always turn a negative into a positive no matter how bad it gets. Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith have earned our Respect!