MACEDONIA, Ohio — The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the restaurant industry and made people steer clear from buffets and catered events.

Chef Claude Booker, the owner of Simply Southern Sides and Booker’s Soul Food Starters in Macedonia, made the switch to pre-packaged goods to keep his company afloat, delivering flavor safely to people all over the country.

“My father, when I was a little boy, would let me get on a step stool because I was fascinated about cooking,” Booker, who was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, said. “I actually turned down a football scholarship to go to

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