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Meet Adjoa Courtney of Cooking With Joya

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adjoa Courtney.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adjoa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was introduced to veganism by my mom when I was just seven years old, and I’ve been into cooking my entire life; but, it became a real career option for me after I did an online vegan challenge in January 2018 to promote veganism to my followers on social media. I would prepare meals for people and give free recipes and cooking demos via Instagram. Later that year I entered Charlotte’s Vegan Mac Down cooking contest. After my mac & cheese recipe won the competition, my name started to spread like wildfire and my food was in high demand. My life as “Chef Joya” began, and I started traveling and doing vegan pop-up dinners and events throughout the Southeast. My events have a tendency to sell out quickly everywhere I go.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been easy, and definitely not a smooth road. But it’s been a great journey so far, and I refuse to let any obstacles in my path make me take my eyes of the prize. I am thankful to be where I am on this journey.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a Personal Chef who specializes in vegan and plant-based cuisine and the owner of Cooking With Joya, LLC. I am known most for my vegan comfort food inspired by Southern, African, Afro-Caribbean, and French cuisines. What sets me a part and makes me different from other chefs is my ability to “veganize” traditional recipes that typically contain meat and other animal products. I also host a series of private, upscale fine dining events where I’m able to be super creative and explore an array of gourmet dishes with different cultural themes. When people are inspired by my cooking and love what I am able to provide, that makes me the most proud. This is why I became a personal chef, so that I could give joy to others through my food.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely, Atlanta is perfect. Atlanta has embraced me so far and I feel like this is going to be a great market. I’m excited to see what’s in store for me here.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 917-242-7900
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  • Instagram: Cookingwithjoya
  • Facebook: cookingwithjoya

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