We had the good fortune of connecting with Quisha Milton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quisha, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I feel like the most important factor behind my success, has been being able to stay true to my self. Especially where my brand/ business is concerned. Being a female chef, has had its stereo types & we are in a space & time where can break out of this & truly be ourselves. Social media has added to this by allowing people to see & interact with chefs personalities & lifestyles. There really is something for everyone.
What should our readers know about your business?
Southern fusion catering is NOT about just Soul food. I’ve been told the name is misleading. Southern fusion is a mash up of my life, growing up in Southern Cali, South Korea & having family in the South here in the states. My food is a cool mix of hearty but healthy. From my Cali Korean Tacos, with sides of cilantro garlic rice & fresh fruit melody, to my “Kat daddy” special, Baked turkey wings & turkey drumsticks, mixed veggies, Cilantro garlic rice & blueberry pie or The Chimichurri Dungeoness crab & shrimp. just to name a few. I’m proud to be able to show people how well different cultures cuisine intertwines & tastes when brought together in a meal. Business wise this has been a lovely journey of growth. 2004-Present. My first go round with having a business I failed. I was young & after culinary school I tried to open a small business with my mother. after that I stayed in the hospitality industry but not like I wanted to be. Failure can be of course a blow to any ego. Fast forward to 2018 All star weekend, My Older cousin Jason brought me with him to represent his Cigar company & network. That one night of being thrust back fully into a world I had been shying away from for a while set the tide for what was next. My only real challenge being a Chef during this era in the world has been being visibly present on social media. I am a bit camera shy. but my friends & colleagues have definitely helped with that. Over the years I have learned how to take failure on the chin & move forward. We cant let those negative feelings overcome us. I’ve learned to ask myself “how come that didn’t work?” , “can I do this another way?’ Staying calm & ultimately overcoming most obstacles with my business.
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?
One thing about LA county, there are plenty of places to see & things to eat!!! You cant beat down town LA (when things are open) wonderful night life & bars for every kind of taste buds & person. I would start for sure with happy hour at Le Petit Paris. French beer, fresh oysters on the half shell & cool atmosphere. Must venture to Hollywood of course for nachos, drinks & people watching at its finest at Cabo Cantina! Walk that off looking at the Walk of fame on Hollywood blvd. Coming to the Crenshaw district, You must have Ackee Bamboo Jamaican food. one the best caribbean joints in the county. Everything on her menu is delicious & has been consistently delicious since I’ve been going there, when I was in culinary school in 2004. Oxtails, salt fish, brown stew chicken & the best Jamaican patties around! We could go out to Redondo beach, to Quality Seafood & enjoy some fresh sea Urchin or seafood cooked to order with some cold beer or wine, while enjoying the smells of the ocean. Ready to party a little?? We can head over to the GS on W Manchester for cool cocktails, munchies & a Live Dj. Ready for Brunch?? The Court Cafe in Inglewood/Culver city is the place to be. Their brunch menu options are to die for. Perfectly fried lobster tails, Warm fluffy waffles & my fave, the peach cobbler or strawberry butter!!! Ease it up a bit & grab a smoothie from Simply Wholesome on Slauson ave. Full of energy after one of those. Grab a Gourmet pizza from Post & beam by the Crenshaw Mall or some Hotville Chicken wings in the same area & Maybe even take in a drive in movie and let it all digest. Last but not least, Banditos Tacos & tequila is my neighborhood bar, right next to USC on MLK blvd. The Short rib tacos are my Fave!! fresh made tortilla, with a wonderful hoison glaze, sirracha & topped with Kimchi & its so good! and of course SHOTS!!! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Melisa Nicola. She runs a program called C.A.K.E (Culinary Arts KIds Eat) Its a program I myself have volunteered for in my community of South central Los Angeles & its initiative is to inspire young people to live a healthy lifestyle, while also teaching kids culinary skills. All the kids learn about how to grow vegetables, with use of hydroponics. The hydroponics is a tool so students can learn sustainable way to grow thier own food. She has been a wonderful motivator to the kids that she get teach & help as well as a motivator for myself. Melnicola@aol.com and C.A.K.E on instagram
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