We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Bowie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, what makes you happy? Why?
Cooking and being in the kitchen makes me happy. It is where I’m able to speak through my creativity in a plate or dish. You can literally taste a piece of me with every bite. Cooking is when I have some of the best memories of my Grandmother, whom I called “Nana”. Nana would talk to me and share with me things that only you learned if you were cooking along side with her.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a personal Chef/Caterer doesn’t come easy, I have to meet the demands of the client or event host and make sure to deliver on time while intertwining my own creativity to make them want to rehire me. I’m always trying to think of foods that are flavorful and different. I’m where I am today with a lot of practice and failed jobs. Having a dish not come out as planned or managing my time wrong was a challenge at the beginning. One of my chefs from school broke down the logistics on how to be a successful caterer. Working with him and other caterers who are successful, has helped paved the way for me. When people hear about Chef Angela Bowie, I don’t want them to forget about the food they experienced eating. I want the experience of flavors to leave an imprint.
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 would take them all around LA and surrounding areas. I love to brunch, so some of my favorite brunch spots are Catch LA, 26 Beach Restaurant and Larchmont Bungalow for their redvelvet pancakes! Shopping is always an option in LA. Hitting up a bike ride near the beach where you can rent a cruiser would be nice. Dinner and drinks would be somewhere like the Hudson, Dama in DTLA or a local spot in my area, Post & Beam. I’m into live music, so looking forward to shows opening back up after the pandemic. 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 shoutout all my Family and Friends for encouraging me to peruse a career in food. They would always become more excited when they found out I was cooking, or hire me to cook for an event in the earlier stages when I didn’t know what I was doing or how to even do it (lol). My friend Felicia, for allowing me and trusting me to caterer my first catering event for her women’s brunch. She taught me a lot and always stayed positive when things were going opposite as planned.