“Where culinary education meets creative production. Here is where you find The Seasoning Bottle.”
Briana is a southern belle born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Briana grew up in a household where everyone loves to cook. Her parents are both Jamaican, so she was culturally brought up with a Caribbean background. Briana credits her southern influence as an inspiration and her roots as the seasoning on top. “Growing up in the early 90’s I was obsessed with Food Network!” Briana exclaimed. No surprise that Briana has become an online culinary personality herself.
Briana and I sat down at her graduate school apartment in Brooklyn. Briana studied Telecommunications at the University of Florida and is now focused on Food Studies at the illustrious NYU. Following graduation, Briana launched her culinary blog, SeasoningBottle.com, which has garnered rave reviews from foodies and chefs alike. Briana also leads a live Youtube series that got her recognized by the Huffington Post as Top African American Chef. As you follow @seasoningbottle on Instagram, you’ll notice Bri offers a very educational, “how to” approach to food preparation. Combining media skills with raw talent in the kitchen, I present a culinary creative in this week’s #ShineHard Conversation.
Who did you look up to as a kid?
Briana: Definitely my mom because she always cooked when she got home from work. And now that I’m older I realize that was really hard to do as a single parent. I remember coming home and she would still be in her work clothes! It was amazing because she would thaw out a meat ahead of time and had veggies on deck. That foundation was really important. She’s been my inspiration. Emeril Lagasse is my favorite celebrity chefs on food network! Always watching him.
How did you get started in the kitchen?
Tell me about your blog, SeasoningBottle.com.
What is your passion and when did you know?
Whats been the biggest challenge of your career thus far?
What is the target demographic for your educational work?
In 2015, What frustrates you the most about today’s culture?
What inspires you to succeed?
What are 3 attributes of every great chef?
What would you say is the #1 factor behind your success?
What is your end goal professionally?
What advice do you have for aspiring artists out there?
Briana: As far as culinary, if you want to be a cook or a chef, I recommend “staging.” You shadow a chef at a restaurant to really see how the kitchen works. If you want to blog, do your research. There are so many great blogs out there, check them out and incorporate things you admire. Also guest blogging is always a good way to get exposure. Content is king!
Me: Successful Blogging is no easy task! Briana thank you for your insight and welcome to the @ShineHardFamily!
Interested in learning more or connecting with Briana?
The Blog: SeasoningBottle.com