Q- Where are you from and what’s your age?
A- My name is Shaquania Arnold I’m 26 years old from Harlem, New York.
Q-When did you start cooking?
A- I started cooking around 10 years old professionally and certified I’ve been cooking for the past 4 years.
Q- Describe your business in 3 words?
A- Comforting Blessed and Loved
Q-What or Who INSPIRED you to start your business?
A- A few years ago a friend and I were having a random conversation and she brought the idea to my attention. I sent her a picture as a joke and she posted it on social media and the picture attracted the attention of some of our followers and I named my company CBC cake jars by cheetah lol.
Q-Since starting your business have you had any setbacks?Name one…
A-Yes I’ve had plenty of setbacks. Throughout my whole first year of starting my business, I was unemployed and going through a lot of personal issues so I wasn’t focused at all. I had about $20 to my name and I went and bought some cake mix and started selling cake jars. At first, I still wasn’t sure about any of this I wasn’t making enough money I was being hated on for no reason.
Q- How did you overcome it?
A- I knew one day I would have to overcome all of this so I stopped doubting myself and started believing in myself and then I began to educate myself and I signed up for a culinary training program. I graduated there in 2016 and that’s when Chef Cheetah’s Kitchen was born.
Q-What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry?
A-What sets me aside from the competitors in this industry is the way I handle things. I have the best of both worlds I’m book smart and street smart so I get it by any means necessary. I am a FEMALE HUSTLER. you can compare my kitchen to a Trap house as we would call it in the streets. It’s not just food in my kitchen there are other things too. I cook and sell food on the side from doing catering, cooking classes, private chef, meal prep, feeding the homeless tasting events and much more if you get where I’m going with this not to mention I bless all my meals before and after I prep my food is just something you have to have on your plate.
Q-Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
A-In five years that will make me 31. I see myself running a team of my own caterers. I might be on vacation getting paid in the shade getting a call from one of my employees to tell me how their day went. I see chef Cheetahs kitchen taking off to a whole different level in the next 6 Months so five years I expect my business to be helping my whole family eat.
Q-What do you want people to know about your culinary skills?
A-I want people to know that I was destined to be a chef.From a younging burning pots and making salty eggs, from cooking for my sister and cousins when we were old enough to start watching our selves. From my grandma giving me instructions over the phone on how to make a turkey or watch her collard greens. From admiring my uncle Charlie when he was a chef coming home with gingerbread houses for Christmas. I have have have have have have been doing this cooking is my life. Culinary school only taught me professionalism and facts about cooking and make me never want to stop cooking. I’m too talented
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Instagram : Chefcheetahskitchen
Phone Number : (646)685-9562