We had the good fortune of connecting with Rubyy Rosé (Rozay) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rubyy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I knew I wanted to share my craft with others. I’ve been interested in food since I was 6. Watching my mom cook almost everyday really spiked my interest. She seen I was interested and invested in my aspirations. She purchased cook books and always let me help when she was in the kitchen. Once I got to middle school, I started with home economics and every year I stayed in the program. My senior year, I was managing the school “restaurant” and I knew from there I wanted to own my own restaurant. Graduating and working as a sous chef for a local lounge only confirmed my dreams. Working hard for someone with inadequate payout made me want to build my name and have my own.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I mastered my own culture but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to expand my knowledge of other cultures and what better way to do that than through food? I studied origins and traditions of many countries until I perfected an authentic taste. Its not often that you run across chefs that can make more that 10 different cuisines from all over the world. One that identify the differences in northern Italian and Southern Italian dishes. For my more healthful dishes, I studied different blood types and how they affect our diets so that I could help my clients in the best way possible. It wasn’t easy starting my business because honestly almost everyone cooked. Food and beverage is such a saturated field but I was determined. I’ve revamped maybe 3-4 times. Different logos, different menu ideas, different serving schedules.. you name it. Fast forward, I now ship food, specialty beverages, meal plans, and cater all over the country. Of course now with Tropical Breeze I’m less mobile but that didn’t stop anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is such a diverse city. I tell people all the time that they can never get bored. You really just need to explore the city. You can do a day of luxury in highland village, explore the international district, hit the museum district and see some beautiful art or artifacts…Houston has it all.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother- the person who always believed in my dreams and never allowed me to quit..even when I heavily wanted to.