The following Q/A is with Shernika Rae Johnson, an aspiring personal chef. She has all she needs to be one, including the superior skills and the culinary background. She aspires to be on Hell’s Kitchen in the near future, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, read her earnest answers about her favorite dishes, sauces, her plans for the future.
Q: Introduce yourself to everyone!
A: My name is Shernika Johnson. I was born in Macon, Georgia on April 12, 1991. I graduated from Westside High School in 2010.
Q: So, you’re an amazing cook, right?
A: Yes, I would like to think of myself as an amazing cook. My style of cooking is very versatile.
Q: So I’ve heard! When was the first time you picked up a spatula?
A:The first time I can ever remember cooking was when I was around eight or nine years old.
Q: Wow! Do you remember the first dish you ever made?
A: I think the first dish I ever made was eggs. Let’s just say, I can cook eggs way better than I did back then!
Q: When you were younger, did you want to be a chef?
A: I didn’t want to be a chef when I was younger. I actually wanted to be a nurse.
Q: Oh okay, so who inspired you to become a professional chef?
A: A couple of my family members and friends inspired me to become a chef. Every time I would cook for them, they always complimented my cooking. A friend I go to church with actually talked me into going to culinary school.
Q: Awesome! Out of all of the dishes you make, what’s your favorite?
A: I would have to say my favorite meal is baked salmon with a lemon and cream sauce that I make, grilled asparagus, and mushroom risotto.
Q: What is your family/friends favorite?
A: My folks really like my Chicken Picatta. It is pretty good.
Q: How often do you cook?
A: For right now, I cook every now and then. When I do cook though, it’s worth the wait.
Q: Where did you go to school for cooking?
A: I attended Helms College for culinary school. I was already pretty good at cooking before I went to culinary school. My cooking skills have increased tremendously, since going through their program.
Q: Do you use recipes? How much do you stick to the directions?
A: I only follow recipes once. After that I tweak them and create my own version.
Q: What are your favorite things about cooking?
A: One of my favorite things about cooking is seeing how happy and satisfied people are when they’re eating my food. It’s also a serene moment for me when I’m cooking, especially when I have some good music playing.
Q: What are your favorite sauces, spices, and/or garnishes?
A: One of my favorite sauces is my white wine sauce. My favorite garnish would have to be parsley. You can never go wrong with parsley as a garnish. Unless you’re talking about desserts, lol.
Q: Thanks for the advice! So, what’s your favorite cooking show? Does it inspire you?
A: My favorite cooking show is hands down Hell’s Kitchen. The show inspires me to perfect my cooking skills even more, because I would like to at least try to compete in Hell’s Kitchen in the future.
Q: Wow, that’s awesome! I think you should! You definitely have the talent for it. I want to end the Q/A with something inspiring. Tell our readers what your life’s motto is.
A: “Make The Best of Life” would have to my one of my mottos. You gotta do what you can, while you can in order to get where you want or be in life.
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