Florida Foodie: The story of Bad As’s Sandwiches

Chef John Collazo started restaurant as food truck

Bad As's Sandwiches stopped by News 6 for the latest episode of Florida Foodie.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Chef John Collazo did not have a job, so he started his own business. He did not have money when he wanted to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, so he applied for every single credit card he could.

Collazo does not half-ass anything.

He opened Bad As’s Sandwiches as a food truck in 2015, after a career of working as a chef and consultant up and down the East Coast. His restaurant has since grown into an institution in Orlando and he is planning on an expansion sometime next year.

Collazo is a ball of energy as he describes his 18-hour work days, driven by a passion for his work. He talks with us about how his Puerto Rican heritage influenced his love of food and cooking. He also shares his advice for anyone looking to become their own boss.

Be sure to follow our host Lisa Bell in Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out her series of children’s books, “Norman the Watchful Gnome.”

About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.