We had the good fortune of connecting with JANEISHA PAYNE and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi JANEISHA, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I m from Louisville Ky . I can honestly say being in the house with all women my grandmother, mother and aunt somebody was always cooking . It wasn’t until my mother left for the army and I was under my grandmother all the time. . That’s when my love for food grew and I learned how to cook everything , just by watching her make magic with every meal.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an executive chef and owner of Cooking with Jan LLC. When I decided to take my cooking more serious in 2017 That’s when I started doing small catering events and pop-ups to showcase my foods. Last year I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Birmingham Alabama to pursue my chef career, since then I was able to get my foods in to the local Piggly Wiggly such as stuff salmon , banana pudding, Seafood Pico and pasta salad. I’ve also been on the Rickey Smiley Morning as a guest chef on Fridays I’m able to call in and share with listeners and viewers quick and easy meals that they can cook at home. I also competed on Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters and even though I didn’t win I was able to take a lot of knowledge away from that show and I’ve grown tremendously as a chef since then. Currently I am working on my cookbook, candle line, seasoning line. I can honestly say that it has not been easy to get to where I’m at but it’s been worth it and every experience has provided me a learning opportunity. When you are chasing your dream you have to keep going even on days where you don’t feel it.
I want people to know when they taste my food that I put my all into it and you’re getting the taste of home and an experience whenever purchase any type of meal from me.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wanted to give a Shout Out to Rickey Smiley. He’s truly and inspiration in my life and has provided me with so many opportunities. I can say that he spoke life into me with being a chef I didn’t see myself as a chef just someone who liked to cook. The moment he invited to be a regular chef on his show to showcase my skills of being a chef to his viewers is when I started to take myself a little more serious . I have to credit him for where im it today. So thank you for all that you do for me and pushing me to greatness.

Website: https://linktr.ee/cookingwithjan

Instagram: Cookingwith_jan

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-payne-a88b4a21b

Facebook: Cookingwith_jan

Youtube: Cookingwith_ jan

Image Credits
Good Network Canada

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