We had the good fortune of connecting with Charity McCowan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Charity, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was to create a legacy of my own. I come from a tradition southern family where the path is laid out for you to follow. I wanted to create my own path and step out on my own faith. I wanted to share more of my heart to people and what better way than to share my cooking!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For some, people do not think food is an art, when in actuality: it is. The road here isn’t easy, folks think cooking doesn’t take that much technique. Heck, I was one of those people who would spend Saturday mornings watching Emeril and Ina Garten trying to figure out what it is they were doing to their food to make it look a certain way. Flavor components alone can drive you insane because things you think taste good together could be a natural disaster! As far as myself? It took a lot of willpower and guts to get here. I’ve always looked the art of food and taste, but I was afraid that it wasn’t considered a traditional career, so I went a different route. My heart never left the world of culinary so I took a leap of faith and changed my major in college to Culinary Arts. My mom always told me that when you’re meant for something, it’ll come easy to you. I was having the most fun in my entire life until my body decided to go a different way. I began feeling sick during my last semester of college, things weren’t right to me and it was hindering my work. I ended up hospitalized because I was refusing to listen to my body and push through the pain. It still didn’t stop me, sure it’s slowed me down, but it just drove me even more to put my business out there. I wanted to show the passion inside of me to cook, to bring my art to life. My mission for my brand is to make people smile when they’re eating my food, it’s literally the meaning of my company name. I want everyone to feel the joy I feel when I am creating a masterpiece.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The places to see! To be honest, the whole trip would involve some sort of food dynamic. I’m a huge supporter of hole-in-wall restaurants and small businesses, those are the ones who put their heart and soul into their dishes because they know the competition out there. I would take my best friend to different counties, different explore the different cultures of LA. You can get just about every kind of food across the globe within a 20 mile radius. Of course museums would be involved, the sites, and countless adventures. But from a chef? We are going to eat always lol

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?
The biggest dedications are my supporters and taste testers! Mainly my mom and my boyfriend, those two drove me hard in accomplishing my dream. Also, I’d give a huge shoutout to my mentor, Chef Amanda Gargano. She helped me excel in my cooking skills and even teaching me a different side of the culinary arts.

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