"I had difficulty finding a job in my field due to lack of experience, so I got a job as dishwasher at a five-star restaurant in New Orleans," he says, "It was a very humbling experience but within two years I worked my way up to being the head of the kitchen."
He moved back to Jackson in 2012 to be with his wife, Kenita Mosley, whom he married a year prior.
"I learned how to cook by watching my family members growing up," Mosley says. "My mom and grandma taught me a lot. All of the men in my family are chefs and cook very well."
One of the customers' favorite items at 1693 Redzone has been the bourbon sauce, which Mosley says is his attempt at taking his New Orleans heritage and putting his own spin on it to create his unique blend.
Mosley says that one of his aims with the restaurant is also to show young people that they don't have to limit themselves. He says that many of his staff members are teenagers getting ready to head to college.
"You don't have to work in the field of your major or pursue the goals you set when you're young," he says. "Life always finds a way of taking you where it wants you to be."
Mike also think it is important for young people to learn to cook.
"It's mandatory for my teenage workers to learn to cook because it is such an important life skill," Mosley says. "It also gives them experience that can help them with future endeavors."
1693 Redzone Grill (1693 Beasley Road) is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The business is closed on Sunday. For more information, call 769.524.6803 or find the business on Facebook.