With Chef Stikxz



What's on your favorite playlist, and how would you say this music influenced the culture of NYAM?

Well, I don't know about you, but I have a playlist for every mood and for any occasion at hand! It would only be fitting to have one solely based for when I need to be in a state of trance when cooking. That playlist name is Bring Back The Vibes! Inspired by the vibes my father brought to our ears as a likkle girl. I am very much an old soul when it comes to my music selection. Not to take away from what artists are putting out now, however, there is that comfortability of home that speaks to the soul when I listen to classic reggae and dancehall. Some of those tunes bring back nostalgic memories of cooking at home which is why they are a stable to me now! I have artists like Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Garnett Silk, Buju Banton, Sizzla...I could go on and on. I grew up cooking, cleaning and grooving to their sounds. It would only be right to conjure plates to those same melodies as a Chef.

As a chef, how important was your home life as a child help create the beginnings of your journey in the culinary world?

Growing up in a Jamaican, West Indian household you already get a sense of hospitality. "Out of many, one people" is a quote that we live by. All are welcomed to our home, and with that being said, all will be fed! Preparing meals every Sunday was the tradition. My mother would start her meal prep from the Saturday before to ensure we had all of the ingredients we needed. Come Sunday morning, the Dutch pot was ready. From anything to be stewed, curried or what have you. There was no sitting around watching tv during this time. My mother would summon us to the kitchen and have us helping her with whatever she needed. From husking corn to cutting off ends to string beans. She would always inquire with my sister and I, since we were also her taste testers, " Bri, does this need more peppa?" " Claudia does this need more salt." She knew the answer to these questions, she just wanted to ensure our palates were learning. Best believe when she ran off from the kitchen, my sister and I snuck a piece or two of the curry goat to really get a sample of what was to come! We became masters at closing the lid on the pot. When we would have guests over, it was a production for sure. The "good" China would be brought out. The oxtail would be bubbling away in the pressure cooker. Rice and peas would be slowly cooking on the back burner being stirred ever so gently. We all made sure all the details of the meal were handled with care, but, especially, with love. The moment you stepped foot through our door, you were family. Having experienced this as a child, now, I want others to feel the same. What it truly means to sit at my table as my guests. Let me show you what real love is.

One reason why people should tune into the NYAM series podcast?

Listen here, yuh wan real, is wah me ah go give yuh. We're having Real conversations with creatives from the arts, culinary field and more. Setting the tone for all things culinary with the help of you all. Eating is a communal entity. It's togetherness we are building through the palate.