The hip + urban girl of the week is someone who encompasses a fabulous attitude, job and lifestyle. We will feature a mix of entrepreneurs and urban professionals who are inspiring to follow. This week we interview Kaylie Daniels, a hug who pursued her dream of becoming a chef.
Name & Position? Hearthstone By The Bay - Chef
What made you want to become a Chef? A Passion for food and the ability to thrive in a high energy and high pressure work environment.
What were you doing before? Working as a general contractor in construction- Everything from working on high rises to installing hardwood floors or drywall.
What did you have to do to become qualified for your job? In 2007 I went back to Liaison College and received my Basic and Advanced culinary diplomas. I am currently working towards my Red Seal Chef papers, I need to work for 6000 hrs in the industry before I can apply to write the test- I'm almost there!
What do you find most rewarding about your job? Nothing feels better then at the end of a service, when customers tell you how much they loved your food. Also, when deliveries don't arrive on time or your staff call in sick and you are still able to pull off a major event! It's quite the rush and feels fantastic.
What are some of the disadvantages of your job, that maybe we don't think about? The hospitality industry rarely sleeps. You work long hours, often until 2 am under high pressure for low wages. Holidays are our busiest times and I will be working Christmas for my third consecutive year.
What is your favourite dish to cook/eat? There are so many foods that I love that I don't think i could pick just one! I like to challenge myself and am constantly buying ingredients that are foreign to me and seeing what I can create. I love heat and spice, and of course anything with bacon or cheese is going to be a happy place ;)
What's a simple weeknight recipe for a hip + urban girl on the go? Whole Wheat wraps are a great staple to keep in the fridge. I have frozen packets of peppers and chicken in my freezer at all times for quick fajitas. Saute some chicken or beef and throw in some peppers and onions. Roll the filling in a wrap, top with salsa and shredded cheese and bake for 10 mins for quick enchiladas.
What did you study in University/College? Would you have done anything differently? After high school I went to college for Journalism. After nearly ten years, I went back to school to pursue my culinary management diploma. I would not change a thing, it takes time to figure out which direction you want to go in.
Tell us about your neighbourhood and what you like best about it. I'm living in Parkdale right now which i believe is referred to as a neighborhood " in transition". I enjoy being close to everything this city has to offer and can honestly say there is never a dull moment.
What do you wish someone told you when you were younger and just starting out? I think I was told all the right things but should have slowed down to listen from time to time.
What life advice do you have for hip + urban girls out there trying to figure out what they want to do? Follow your passions, dream big and NEVER let anyone tell you that you can't. If you want anything bad enough - its yours.
So what's your dream job? How did you discover what you wanted to do with your life and career? Ever quit a job that you hated? Tell us! We want to know how we can navigate our own life from what you learned.