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I am a first-generation Haitian American woman born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts (Sak pase!). When I was around 11 years old, my mother and I moved to Atlanta, Georgia and we’ve been here ever since. I originally started out studying biology at Clemson University, but quickly discovered I wasn’t in a field I was passionate about. I decided to leave and told my mother I wanted to go to culinary school. Imagine! Telling my Haitian mother that I didn’t want to become a doctor, and instead, I wanted to be a chef! However, she understood I needed to pursue my dreams, and I am now finishing my culinary degree at the Art Institute with her full support in and out of the kitchen. Her strength, perseverance, and love of food and our cultures are a huge part of my own life and the way I cook. You’ll probably catch me dancing while I’m cooking; jiggin’ a shoulder here or there or bustin’ a nice lil’ gouyad, that’s just what I do. I like to have fun while I cook; a happy chef makes happy food!
This industry is a hard one to be in, but I’m here to leave my mark. The kitchen is my safe haven, and while my Haitian background heavily influences who I am and what I do, I am extremely versatile in many cuisines (don’t sleep on me!). I’ve been in the industry for almost 6 years now working with some of the best chefs in the country, so my standards are very high for myself and for what I give to my clients. Above all, whether it is my culture or another, I want my food to bring a smile to people’s faces. With my acquired knowledge from school and my years of working in the restaurant and hotel industry, I can guarantee a superb experience. I also provide a safe experience (I am Serv Safe certified by the U.S National Restaurant Association) and I am well versed in many allergy and dietary restrictions and preferences.
My passion for cooking steers from when I was younger when my mom had her own catering company, La Couple, and also my pride in my Haitian heritage. I was a little, “ you talk too much!”, raspy-voiced kid who was always helping my mom in the kitchen for her events. Coming from a Haitian background, it seemed like my mom was always cooking even outside of work. We rarely ever ate out and when we cooked at home we always used the freshest ingredients. Processed food was hardly ever a thing!
I would go to school with a big, old grocery bag with a homemade sandwich and fresh fruit, and I definitely stood out at the lunch table. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve made it a priority to maintain the values I grew up with, especially when it comes to my food. I’m hard-working, dedicated to respecting my culture and others, and I only use the best ingredients possible.
"She believed she could,
So she did "
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