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Conversations with Rashida Hunte

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashida Hunte.

Hi Rashida, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m Rashida Hunte 33; born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. By a single parent. I started off in the kitchen at the age of seven. Chopping up chicken and almost chopping off half my middle finger. My Mom used to work so my sister Ronelle; started cooking from age of nine through 16, I believe it was. She started this Magnet program and being on the basketball team, her schedule became full.

That’s when I really got my start at the age of 13. I liked cooking but I wasn’t too fond of cooking every day. When I came home from school, that was my job at home. I always knew that I would be successful but I never thought it would be cooking, honestly! It’s a way where I can be myself and I am in control of something. After all these years; working in several, several restaurants and warehouses… I knew that I needed to have my own business. In May 2022, I started my own business in the food industry. I cook Guyanese/American food. I cook really well, So I know it will be a Success!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I went through a lot; as a kid and still living as an adult. I’ve always been different. I guess it really all started when I was in school and I didn’t understand some of the work. Having a learning disability is not easy. Being placed in Special Education doesn’t mean you’re mentally challenged. We all learn differently than others. In this day and age, some things do give me a hard time. Like measuring while I am cooking. I can cook my behind off but measuring the ingredients, is my challenge. My biggest obstacle was being homeless on and off for 2 1/2 years to three years. Life was crazy at that time, but I couldn’t do it without my heavenly father. I felt as long as I lived to see the next day, there is definitely hope. God was the only one that could’ve taken me out of that situation. When I got back on my feet, I said never again will I let this happen. If someone would’ve told me almost two years ago; I would have my own business, I would’ve never believed them.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I currently work at a Country Club as a Line Cook. I love to cook. Anytime I can learn new recipes, I’m always willing to learn. The Club that I work for is a High-End Exclusive Country Club. For now, I’m learning how to make the dishes that are being served. We serve dishes such as Steak, Prime Rib, Burgers, Salads and a different variety of so much food. When I am not working, I am working on my own business. Eventually, the only person I will be working for is Myself. I came a long way… as far as cooking is concerned. I used to taste my food because I was Not sure of the flavor but now, I don’t. I am definitely proud of this accomplishment because I wanted to do something different that I can benefit from in the long run.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I always talked about having my own restaurant but I wasn’t serious about it until a couple of years ago. I want to thank my Mom because watching her cook as a child and also just watching her put together a meal, took a lot of patience. I watched my sister cook for a few years also. Anyone who has tried my cooking or viewed my pictures or videos online, I thank them as well.

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