Name: Lenora Prather Brown
Snapchef Location: Worcester
Position: Apprentice Cook
What experience in your life led to you interested in food and cooking?
My interest in cooking began when I was young because i grew up with a big family in the south. My mother was always cooking for everyone. I used to love helping her in the kitchen whenever she would let me. My favorite part was getting to bond over the food we made and learning all of her family cooking secrets.
Describe the moment when you decided that you wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field.
I decided that I wanted to cook for a living during high school. I was able to go to a vocational school where i studied Culinary Arts.
What challenges have you faced – and what obstacles have you had to overcome – to pursue your career in the culinary field?
For me, I had a difficult time finding a place to call home. I moved quite a bit growing up. I later landed in Worcester and began working at Snapchef and I really enjoy it here.
How have friends and family reacted to your career choice?
I have a very supportive family. My children are extremely proud of me. They enjoy hearing me talk about the apprentice program that I participate in here at Snapchef. They’re always looking forward to trying out the new recipes that I learn to cook with Chef Sulemir in class.
What do you like most about working in a professional kitchen?
I enjoy learning new techniques and being able to utilize what I was taught in a hands-on environment. I am happy that I get to work at new stations because I am never bored. Everyday is a new chance to absorb something new.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
My ultimate comfort foods are simple and sweet. I love all kinds of fruits such as mangoes, strawberries, and cherries.
What is your favorite thing about working at Snapchef?
My favorite thing about working here is the practice. I get to work on my knife skills and cooking techniques every day. I love to learn and the apprentice program helps me learn in a pressure free environment.
What is your advice to those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field?
My advice to anyone looking to start out is to stay focused and learn as much as you can. Taking on a new career is challenging and sometimes frustrating, but it is worth it. Don’t give up and always take the chance when given to learn new techniques.