Chef Jamela B.
My story isn't your traditional Chef's story; but one that is all too familiar. I am an African American Muslim Women from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My formal training is in Elementary Education and Graphic Design/Marketing. I was a Freelance Graphic Designer for 15+ years. I have always had an interest in creativity and helping others. Working as a Graphic Designer fulfilled this interest, but I always yearned for more.
In 2008 I was hired by a local Chef to develop their brand and marketing strategy for a new restaurant they were opening. This client changed my life! While developing their brand, I got the opportunity to work closely with the chef and here is where my passion for food emerged. I was familiar with being creative in the kitchen because my oldest son has seven food allergies, so I was used to making food exciting. But this exposure awakened a spark and talent that I wasn't aware I had. The job I was hired for didn't extend more than a few months; but my new found passion in food kept me there for more than 10 years. I worked side by side with the chef and eventually branched off to form my own brand. I now have a full service catering/meal prep company and I teach Culinary Arts to children. There isn't a day of the year where I don't like my job. The best job is a job that doesn't feel like a job at all. I have found my purpose and I am just getting started! I am looking forward to working with you and your children.