My culinary career started when a little girl would sit on the countertop and watch her mother cook dinner.  I started cooking earlier than most and at a young age I was making breakfast and branched out to more complicated meals as time went along.  It wasn’t until later on in life that I realized cooking is not just about the flavors, the ingredients, or even the food.  For me, it’s about the love that I put inside my dishes for my family and friends.

Live Food Demos

Live food demostraions teaching you the history behind each recipe while you sample the delicious dishes.

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Recipe Development

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Cooking For The Culture
About The Book

With over 240 pages and 100 full color food photography and recipes, Cooking For The Culture is an intimate celebration of New Orleans food and its Black culture from a born-and-raised local chef.

Combined with the recipes are interwoven stories of Toya’s New Orleans upbringing.  A deep look into black culture, hard work ethic, and a love for family.  This book is an award winning body of work that blends Toya’s personal upbringing in New Orleans through her culinary journey.

More than just your average cookbook, readers will come to understand the heart and soul of a city and a culture through her life’s work.  The result is a deeply personal and unique cookbook that gives readers an understanding of New Orleans culinary scene.

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