Two Former Rival Gang Members Come Together To Make Trap Kitchen LA

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It's an experience seeing African-Americans leave behind their troubling past to become successful entrepreneurs.Trap Kitchen LA is a food catering business started by two former rival gang members.

Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith decided to leave their gang-related past behind because of what it was doing to them. After years of gang activities, Jenkins left and decided to go to culinary school. He attended the culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, and everything took off from there. Jenkins got introduced to Smith through a mutual friend.

“All money isn’t good money, Jenkins said. “[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.”

Jenkins started placing food he cooked on Instagram and it took off, and he began going into business with Smith and DJ Kev (Delivery Coordinator). “The gang stuff, the shootings, now that I’m in this kitchen, I don’t go through none of that,” Smith said. They post daily menus, and normally sell out every day. They even have celebrity clientele like Kendrick Lamar and The Roots.

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