We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been an artistic and creative person. As a child, I was always creating “something”, whether it was a painting, a piece of pottery or baked goods. I later went to an arts high school, specializing in visual arts, and then I pursued my Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University.
My personality is all about creativity and artistic ventures. I’ve only ever pursued creative projects, and my friends, family and network all know me as a creative. It’s my comfort zone, it’s my identity. I can’t picture myself doing anything else. There are 2 of me – By day, I’m a multimedia designer and on the side, I’m the founder of Earth Made Kitchen. Both professions are creative, and both go hand in hand with each other through content creation. Pursuing the paths I’ve chosen allows me to have the creative freedom I need, while also sharing it with others. It can be hard at times, but extremely rewarding!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the founder of Earth Made Kitchen, a cooking school and food blog. My mission is simple – to teach people how to cook, and to educate people about the world of food.
I’d like to say that I’ve had 3 unconventional, yet important culinary schools I’ve learned cooking from:
– My grandma, who was a former chef and restauranteur.
– The recreational cooking school I worked at from 2011-2020 – I learned from many amazing chefs during my time there!
– Traveling to different countries from Nov 2021-July 2022 and taking cooking classes from around the world.
How I got to where I am today began with passion and action. It was around 2018 when I first started experimenting with ideas and getting involved with different communities. I created tons of recipes, taught friends how to cook, and learned about entrepreneurship. There were so many challenges along the way. Incorporating food services, such as meal deliveries, was quite challenging, given the number of food regulations there are! Also, finding and creating community was a challenge, as I was bouncing between Toronto and LA, while also joining different community groups.
Although Earth Made Kitchen is all about food and learning how to cook, I would also like the world to know about the beauty of culture and humanity found in food. Food is connected with culture, and I feel fortunate to have been able to travel and learn so much about food from different chefs and food entrepreneurs. Food is more than just taste and presentation – there is so much culture and wonderful people making delicious food.
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?
I’m currently in Toronto, but I used to go back and forth between LA and Toronto. Here are some of my favorite spots in both cities:
There are so many things to do in LA!
Since I am a major foodie, I would bring my friends to:
– Republique (They have the best brunch!)
– Carmela Ice Cream
– Anaheim Packing District (Not quite LA, but close enough!)
– Any Mexican restaurant
– 626 Night Market
Aside from food, I would also take them to Santa Monica Beach, Little Tokyo, hiking in Malibu, and Disneyland!
Toronto is another amazing foodie destination. Here are my restaurant recommendations:
– Gusto 101
– Death in Venice Gelato
– Fresh Restaurant
– Le Gourmand (Specifically for the chocolate chip cookies)
I would also take my friends to Stackt Market, Harbourfront, St. Lawrence Market, and Evergreen Brick Works!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to anyone that has supported Earth Made Kitchen throughout the years. My good friend, Charity Prado (founder of SheCatalysts) helped me navigate the world of entrepreneurship, and was my first guinea pig with my venture. I greatly appreciate anyone that has attended an Earth Made Kitchen class, all my partners and the chefs I’ve worked with throughout the years.