Meet the Team

Chef Lucy Cortes-Castaneda, Red Door Lakeland

Chef Lucy Cortes-Castaneda has the edge of a New Yorker, the creativity of an artist, and the culinary skills of a true chef. Spending much of her childhood in sunny California, Lucy’s family relocated to Lakeland where she inherited an affinity for cooking from her father. Her natural curiosity and inquisitive nature led her from farmer’s markets to mid-town kitchens as she sharpened her skills and expanded her knowledge. She eventually worked her way through culinary school and headed to Brooklyn. Lucy returned to Lakeland and joined the Red Door team in January 2020 – and she brought her spunk and skills with her. 

Par Sahota, Boring Business Systems

Par Sahota is a resident of Lakeland, Florida where he lives with his wife, dad and three kids. He has lived in Polk County since 2000 and Lakeland since 2005. He is a proud Leadership Lakeland class 37 graduate.

Par’s experiences span across both small companies, business units in large companies and includes significant successes with both services and equipment-based initiatives. He joined Boring Business Systems in 2016 and in March of 2020, Par Sahota proudly transitioned into his new role as president of the company. 

Par is honored to represent Boring Business Systems in this year's Top Chef of Polk County event. He is humbled by the opportunity to help raise funds for such an amazing organization. He wishes all the contestants the very best as each come together as a community to make this year’s Achievement Academy fundraiser an extraordinary event! 

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