Working Woman Wednesday. Interview With Chef Tyyesha Hill.

Gourmet Galore is an upscale catering and personal chef service that provides
exquisite gourmet meals with a southern twist Founded by Chef Tyyesha Hill.
Chef Ty is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied
classical French cuisine. After several years in the culinary industry, Tyyesha has decided to take that classical training and added a southern twist, with dishes such as Cajun shrimp and grits or southern salmon benedict. Chef Ty has always had a passion for cooking since a child and is honored to now share all the great recipes and southern hospitality with everyone.

Why did you choose to become a Chef?

To be completely honest I didn’t want to become a chef until I got in high school.  I thought I would be a doctor.  But as I got older my love and passion for food became greater.  It came to me so easy.  Once I started becoming more invested in the culinary world my fascination grew.  I’m a chef now, because I love the art of plating and being able to express myself on my plate.

What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

Southern comfort food is my favorite cuisine to cook.  Growing up my mom would cook a dinner for me and my sister every night.  We would have fried chicken or fish and grits. But on Sundays, it was a full experience.  We would have oxtails, collard greens, ham, macaroni and cheese, the type of food that sticks to your stomach.  So, when I set out on this journey, I promised myself to stay true to my roots.  So my specialty is southern food with an elevated twist to it.

What role do you think social media plays in food today?

Social media plays such a major role.  It allows people to get an idea of what other cuisines are like.  Growing up in Miami, I was exposed to all different types of cultures and cuisines.  Social media allows us to connect to different cultures through food.  We eat with our eyes so when you see different dishes, you become interested in how it tastes and wanting to try it.

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Describe your food in three words?

Sexy, Bold and Mind Blowing.

What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

Southern comfort.

What is your favorite food and restaurant?

That’s tough.  I have tried so many restaurants, but I would say my favorite restaurant is South kitchen in Jacksonville, Florida.  I love their southern twists on food.

What skill would you like to master?

I want to master the art of grilling.  Meats, vegetables, seafood, etc.

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Who would be the worst Celebrity to have dinner with?

Probably Gordon Ramsey, because he’s such an expert.  I could imagine the meal would be lots of fun, but with lots of critiques.  That also would make for a more interesting experience and hearing his perspective.

What’s a random hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never have?

I’ve always wanted to try boxing, I have a very competitive nature.

What’s something everyone should experience at least once in their life?

True love, it’s really a beautiful thing.

What must be seen or experienced in person to really appreciate it?

Traveling to a country and truly having the cultural experience.

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How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

Instagram: cheftyhill . Facebook: Gourmet Galore. Facebook: Tyyesha Hill. Website: http://www.gourmetgalorepc.com .

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