Victor Ghaben’s business, World Famous HOTBOYS, started in his own backyard in Oakland in 2017. Today, the restaurant has five locations, dishing up California’s top fried chicken sandwich. Learn about Victor Ghaben…
Hometown: Concord, CA
First job: Produce department at Safeway
Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: Watching anime, playing Magic: The Gathering, taking my Fox Body for a spin, barbecuing with the homies, hikes with my girlfriend.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Being able to serve my community and seeing people enjoy my food brings a lot of joy to my life.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Drug addiction.
Someone who inspires you and why: My parents for their resolve and work ethic. They never let anything get in their way.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Be prepared for long hours, and a lot of mistakes to learn from.
Favorite quote: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” —Frank Zappa
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I have a pretty formidable Fantastic Four comic book collection.
What makes someone fabulous: Being confident in themselves.
Photo credit: @stephenflynnphotography