No. I am not exaggerating. My life truly does revolve around food. You see, as a child, spending weekends with my father, a chef and restaurateur meant countless weekends in the kitchen, trekking to the market, or awaiting the fisherman at the seaside.
A couple weeks after my 10th birthday I moved to the USA and a never ending case of homesickness set in. Lucky for me my mother settled us in the PA suburbs with a nice-sized backyard that had quite a few fruit bearing trees. I found salvation. Combine the backyard, mommy’s Food & Wine subscription + a couple Betty Crocker cookbooks and a canning closet in the basement. I carved out my own little slice of heaven.
Grapes were fermented in my attempts at winemaking, strawberries and pears and cherries preserved. Nut, fresh mint, tomatoes, squash and countless other produce were cooked and pickled.
As the years progressed so did my love of food. At the ripe old age of 20 I ‘ran away’ to Miami and began my first cook job soon after. One day a supervisor asked me to prepare a batch of polenta. As I read over the recipe I realized that polenta was the same turned cornmeal we reserved for the dogs (in times of affluence and for supper at leaner times) back home in Jamaica. It was my AHA moment. I knew I was destined to be a chef.
Following a 7½ year Miami sojourn I returned to my childhood home determined to be a successful mother and entrepreneur. In late 2008 Sian’s Cooking came to life. Today, what started as a neighborhood take-out cafe is now a catering & food production company. In 2009 my first competition netted me a winning ribbon for my Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Since then I have been blessed to competed on The Food Network. My first cookbook Nyammings: 88 Authentic Caribbean Recipes was self-published August 2014. My work has been published by The Miami Times, Jamaican Eats magazine, Cooking Sense, The Jamaica Gleaner and other publications.