We had the good fortune of connecting with Janey Gioiosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janey, how does your business help the community?
My business/cooking show is all about community especially the young adult cancer community. I am finding a way to marry my love and career in the food industry with my 2 cancer diagnosis in hopes to create a widespread connection, even if it is behind a computer screen because as a young adult cancer patient you are the outlier in your immediate community usually and what a horrible feeling that is, on top of a cancer diagnoses.
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.
My current work at the moment is something I am really proud of and it’s still so fresh and new so who knows where it will take me! I am filming a tv show called “A Kind of Cooking Show” where I blend my professional life working in the food industry and my personal life of being a 2x cancer survivor. I take recipes and turn them into stories basically. I recreate the food I ate while I was on treatment and tell stories of my experience, its honest, raw and terrifying. I wanted to fill the void that I felt when I was 19 and going through my first bout of cancer. I felt alone, depressed and isolated because I couldn’t find anything to relate to, including in person groups. So in short, I’m trying to change that!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
HERE WE GO!
OK, listen I like beer so lets just say we would drink…beer. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains basically so we would go hiking and find the local swimming holes only us locals know about. Early morning hike followed by an early afternoon crispy cold one? Amazing! Another day would involve just walking around town, I live in the town where I grew up and sometimes I forget to explore it still, so a day of walking around town and just booping and bopping is on the to do list.
I’m very into driving, especially on the mountain roads. So finding a great sunset spot is always on the itinerary, I think I do my best thinking when I am driving.
Last but not least…FOOD. I am a big snacker so going to multiple places and ordering a load of appetizers and some drinks are perfect. You get a chance to try more of whats on the menu vs. just getting an entree.
There is the most vague and non committal answer…that was a hard question.
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?
Gosh, it’s really hard to say. There really isn’t one singular human/mentor, though I would like one! Luckily we have the internet at our finger tips these days and I am able to have hundreds of mentors that don’t even know me! The vast community of bakers who have paved the way for us budding babes is such a gold mine and I really look to them as guidance in my food career.
In regards to the cancer side of my life, unfortunately I have too many options of people to choose from since this disease chooses at random. But the people I have met along the way and the laughs we have shared over this hellacious disease are moments that I will never take for granted.
Youtube: A Kind of Cooking Show – Janey Gioiosa
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