We had the good fortune of connecting with Jolie Oree-Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jolie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My success as a Chef comes from my roots, from my family in the low country. I grew up watching my grandparents in the culinary field. They showed their love through food. You did not leave my grandmother’s house without something good to eat. She fed your whole soul. That’s what I saw, so that’s what I do!
Another factor in my success is that I am always willing to learn more. A lifelong goal is to grow and improve my skills as a Chef and a business woman.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me about from other’s in my craft is I am very versatile. Although my roots are from the low country cooking, I can create dishes from all backgrounds even authentic Indian and Nigerian food. The success of my business today is based off of good food and my faith and when I am challenged I remember that I’m not alone. I am never afraid to ask for help and reach out to my network. The most important lesson that I have learned is to take things one at a time when you are faced with a challenge. It’s a process and you have to go through it to get it right. I want the world to know that anything is possible with hard work, faith, dedication to your craft and a willingness to try new things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have lived in Texas for the last 15 years and I love discovering new places to eat. I am a foodie at heart so anywhere I can get a good meal is where I am going to go. I also never turn down a good cocktail!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout always goes to my family. My mother who encourages me to always see solutions rather than problems. My husband who always supports my dreams and my daughter who is my inspiration to never give up.