Hello everyone, I'm 24 years old. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Growing up I never would have thought that in today's time that I would be a chef. I found my passion for cooking in 2019 while just becoming a single mother and living with my grandparents. During that year I was on a search to find out who I really was and what my purpose for living was. That year I discovered God's reason for keeping me here on this Earth. I started watching Youtube, studying cook books and studying famous chefs on Instagram. I taught myself how to cook by just picking up on certain things that I saw on there. Pretty soon cooking became my hobby, my passion and my love. I went from cooking once a month to once a week to everyday. Over time I saw myself getting better and better at what I do and I said to myself "yes this is the one". I've never felt so serious and committed about something until now. I've tried a lot things from basketball, technology, music. I've never loved anything as much as I love cooking. I eventually found myself losing sleep just to cook; my whole life became cooking. My first time "selling plates" I was giving out meals for free just to convince people that my food was worth it. I've been working from restaurant to restaurant; long sweaty hours of cooking and trying to gain experience cooking on a line all while being yelled at, disrespected and etc. It gets tough working on a line. There have been times where I've spent my last dollar on food, business cards and supplies. I'm really serious about this. I said this is what will get me out of the hood. I really want a better life for me and my daughter and my younger siblings. They're my motivation to keep going even when the going gets tough. I love the journey I'm on that God is taking me through. I can honestly say that me becoming a chef has made me a better woman and I love it.