Name: Kyrie Jackson
Snapchef Location: Worcester
What experience in your life led to you interested in food and cooking?
I don’t have a single experience or moment that launched me into the field of cooking. I would have to say that my parents played a huge role in encouraging me to spend as much time as possible in the kitchen. I would help wash dishes as my mym cooked. As time passed, we would cook family meals together.
Describe the moment when you decided that you wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field.
I decided to pursue a career in the culinary field a little later in life. I had already received a degree in psychology before I realized it wasn’t for me. I wanted to make my part-time hobby into a full-time career.
What challenges have you faced – and what obstacles have you had to overcome – to pursue your career in the culinary field?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome would have to be my style of learning. I have always known that the way I digest information is different from others. I try to stay focused and always stay as diligent as possible. It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.
How have friends and family reacted to your career choice?
My family and friends are proud of me for stepping out of my comfort zone and learning something new. They constantly encourage me to try new recipes and are excited for me to finish the apprentice program.
What do you like most about working in a professional kitchen?
I would have to say the thing I like most about the kitchen is the noise. I like that all of my senses are required, the smells of something sizzling, to the steam of the oven and everything in between.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
This one is easy. I love carbs! I like to eat anything from rice all the way to pasta.
What is your favorite thing about working at Snapchef?
I love working in different kitchens and learning from other chefs. I also really enjoy Snapchef’s apprentice program that I am attending here in Worcester. Snapchef has provided me with a great opportunity to learn and work at the same time.
What is your advice to those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field?
My advice is to obtain as much patience as possible. In order for us to learn and grow in any field, we all need to be able to take criticism and use what is given moving forward.