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‘Black Panther’ Star Michael B. Jordan Worked For His Parents’ Catering Business Long Before He Was Famous

Michael B. Jordan is known for starring blockbuster films such as 'Black Panther' and 'Creed', but his acting career started when he was only a teen. Prior to acting, however, Jordan used to help his parents run a catering service from their home.

Michael B. Jordan has become one of the most sought-after movie stars in Hollywood in recent years. Successful films such as Black Panther, and Fruitvale Station have fueled his rise, but Jordan is arguably most known for his role in the Creed sports drama franchise. 

Jordan has been acting since he was a young teen when he landed early roles in projects such as Hardball and HBO’s The Wire. However, before he ever stepped in front of the camera he was helping his parents run a catering business. 

Since then, the Just Mercy star has decided to start delivering home-cooked meals of his own. 

Michael B. Jordan worked for his parents’ catering company when he was a kid 

Michael B. Jordan attends the photocall for "Farenheit 451" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival
Michael B. Jordan attends the photocall for “Farenheit 451” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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Jordan shared some details about his parents’ old catering business during a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres. According to Jordan, he started working for his parents when he was just a little boy. 

“My mom and my dad, they had a home-catering business [when I was] growing up,” Jordan said. “So as soon as I was old enough to see over the counter, they had me to work just prepping and helping and stuff like that.”

He started delivering pasta to his family during quarantine

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first began in 2020, Jordan was one of the billions of people who had to find ways to keep themselves busy at home. Deciding to go back to his roots, he learned how to make a bunch of new foods. 

“I learned to make a lot of pasta dishes—carbs again—while I was home. So I couldn’t really see them that often, so what I would do is, late night, me and my boy Bryce—we would make all these fresh pestos and carbonaras.”

After he would finish cooking, Jordan would drop off the pasta at his parents’ home for them to enjoy. 

“So I would put them in these mason jars, I printed out a little logo, we called the restaurant Jordano’s,” Jordan said. “And then I would drop it off at the house.”

He loves eating carbs, but usually has to watch his diet for roles

As one might assume from his choice of menu items, Jordan loves eating carbs. From chicken cheesesteaks to pizza, to pasta, he’s never hiding from his love of starch. However, he did note that he always tries to eat them early in the day so he can work off the calories. 

He let his body go during the pandemic but can get it back right at any time

While sheltering in place, Jordan has been more lenient with his diet, which is normally quite strict. He recently told Trevor Noah that he’s completely let go of his body during the pandemic. 

“I’ve actually let myself go in recent months. It’s been pretty bad. Quarantine has taken its toll on this body.”

Regardless of how much food he eats, Jordan assured Noah that he can get his body back in shape for a role if need be. 

“I mean, whenever I gotta lock-in and actually transform my body for a role, it’s… You know, I can get the job done,” Jordan said. “Creed 3 is coming up, so I’ma have to change it pretty soon.”