My culinary background began on a step stool in my MeMaw’s kitchen (yep, obviously I’m from the South) I was her pot stirrer, flour sifter, potato masher, carrot peeler, egg whisker, official taste tester…I was her sous chef! (and that was way before I even knew that role)
Here is the chef and her little sous chef, relaxing after cooking and enjoying a big meal-that’s my full and happy look!
My culinary journey took a big leap when finances forced me to take a semester off from college in order to earn money to further my education. I got a job in a restaurant and found my place in the world. I did earn a Health Education degree and became a Certified Health Education Specialist but realized my passion was in the restaurant world. I was a restaurant manager for 22 years. The many hours in the restaurant and kitchen gave me the opportunities to learn from some of the greatest local chefs in Louisiana. I used this knowledge to cook against some of the same chefs, my early mentors, in benefit cook-offs. I even beat a few of them at their own game! I loved cooking so much, I became a catering chef.
My culinary journey would take another direction after I suffered a stroke and was forced to retire from the restaurant world but luckily not from cooking. I consider my stroke my biggest blessing in disguise for it enabled me to begin my blog and follow my passion against food waste. An issue I saw first hand from the back of the kitchen to the customers’ refusal to take home a to-go box.
I have a monthly cooking segment. See some clips on My MEDIA page.
I have been proud to participate yearly in the Cancer Services Capital Chef Showcase, premiering my original recipes.
In 2015, I was selected to compete in the first annual Food Fight Write Blogger Summit cooking competition:
I was honored to be asked to return to the 2016 World Food Championships as a judge for the dessert category. After extensive training, I became a certified food sport judge in the E.A.T. methodology.
I am proud to be one of five competitors from my state of Louisiana to compete in the 2017 World Food Championships. My category-Chili
I’m the event chef of the Riverbend Garden Growers Exchange, a group fighting food waste one garden and one neighborhood at a time. Learn more about it in the Country Roads Magazine article. Did I mention I love cooking!
I have developed new restaurant menu items based on my “Use it not Misuse it” belief
Read more about My Food Philosophy
I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org