For the latest Influenc-HER Profile Series, we have Atlanta Personal Chef/ Food Stylist and Cutthroat Kitchen contestant, Rosecleer-Marie. Check out the profile below to see how she got started, what it’s like being a woman in the culinary industry and more.
What is your name and what do you do?
Rosecleer-Marie/ Personal Chef and Food Stylist
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
Pursuing a culinary career was a career switch, but I grew up watching my grandmother cook and helping her out in the kitchen, I was always a foodie!
How did you get started in your current field today? And where did that passion come from?
I was at a job that left me unfulfilled and extremely unhappy, with that weighing on me, it forces you to do some soul searching to find what it is that you truly enjoy, what really moves you and for me that was food. I would always watch Food Network and cook cool things once I was home from the job I hated! So I said to myself, why can’t I make this a career?! I quit my job and enrolled in Culinary School full time….The rest is history.
Who do you look at as inspiration to keep going?
I look to my mom and family as inspiration to keep going, to continue to make them proud. I look to my past and all that I have done, the building blocks I have built to succeed and because of that I have to keep going!
What makes you stand apart from everyone else in your field?
I think what makes me stand apart from others in my field is that I am a Black Female Chef truly self made, but what is even more rare is being a Black Female Food Stylist..I only know of ONE other!
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?
I would say to young girls, if you have a goal in mind, to set strategic steps to attack and accomplish it. A goal without a plan is just a dream! Doors will close, sometimes you will have to go create your own door or go through a window!
What do you love most about being a woman?
I love the versatility, chameleon like ability of being a woman. From being a kick-ass super woman, taking over the world to child birth, to being sensitive and soft.
What is your most memorable moment as a Personal Chef and Food Stylist?
My most memorable moment as a Personal Chef is not actually cooking for anyone but being a contestant on an episode of Food Networks Cutthroat Kitchen! Best experience! As a food stylist my best experience was styling on my independent project for a hot local restaurant in Atlanta called Suite Lounge, with my fiance as the photographer.
“I Love The Versatility, Chameleon Like Ability Of Being A Woman”
What is your least memorable moment as a Personal Chef and Food Stylist?
I would have to compile some my lease memorable moments as a Personal Chef: clients/guests who do not appreciate your work or value what you are worth. Food styling is so awesome there are not really any downsides, for me it would be the early call times for photo shoots!
Are there any struggles being a woman in your field?
Yes, the biggest struggle is naturally people don’t believe you or believe IN you. I get asked all of the time “YOUR a chef??”
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
One thing many people do not know about me is that I am a Sci-Fi nerd!
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
A bird, so I can soar!
What does the future hold for you?
The future is unwritten but what I would like to see is more art, more financial freedom and more business expansions.