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

Hi Shatia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up fascinated by the arts. The idea of expression through art, sound and movement always held my interest. Through out my years of study I took part in many artistic and creative hobbies including dance, fashion blogging and wardrobe styling. Through my years in fashion studies I grew a strong interest in creating visual work. This interest became a passion of mine and I saw myself diving deeper into the creative felid with my career choices, hobbies and even relationships. The ability to do what you love is something out of the norm in our society, Ive never had an interest in your average 9-5 corporate job, and the ones I had never lasted long, they killed me inside. So the risk was always way more fun in that case. Naturally I’m an expressive person and Ive always made a promise to myself to do what feeds the soul. When you do what you love, it just feels better.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Professionally themenu prep keeps me busy 88% of the time. The other time I’m busy trying to be an adult, stay mentally grounded in this life and hop into a heated yoga class from time to time. Since the launch of my website my day to day revolves around growing and balancing every single aspect of what I do. At this stage in my business I don’t have a team of people on the back end, a social media team with food stylists and photographers or a team of cooks in the kitchen. It’s me. 

With that said, I am blessed to have an amazing support system of a few gems like my boyfriend who helps me bring visions to life through my content and supports me mentally. Without a proper support system, I don’t know how I’d balance out my challenges and keep the motivation to stay busy and continue to innovate how we eat and value our health.
Professionally, the website management,  recipe creation, social media management, content conceptualizing,  shooting of content, client outreach,  studying,  sourcing products, supporting others, client consultations, package development, marketing and of course the cooking is what keeps me busy on one side of the company. The other side of themenu prep is the Dinner Experiences, a night of food, culture, music, sophistication and vibes. With the Dinner Experiences I’m busy scouting locations, networking, marketing, table planning, food sourcing, creating recipes and planning courses, creating playlist, planning content and shot lists, brand outreach, collaborations and of course the cooking during the event. It’s a non-stop gig.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
ITINERY SUNDAY – Brunch at The Good Good Kitchen, Lunch at Original Herbivore, Griffith Observatory, Sunday Farmers Market, Home cooked dinner MONDAY – Morning hike at Runyon Canyon, fresh juice and acai bowl from Nature Well, brunch at MCafe on Melrose, site seeing on Abbot Kidney and dinner at Plant Food + Wine TUESDAY – DTLA for the day, tourist attractions like The Last Book Store, brunch at Wild Living Foods, lunch at JOEY DTLA, then dinner at Robata Jinya and end the night with drinks at Free Hands Hotel WEDNESDAY – Morning heated yoga class at Hot8Yoga, Brunch at Counterpart Vegan, before rooftop chilling at Open Air. Until dinner at Pura Vita for classic vegan Italian. THURSDAY – Early drive to Newport Beach for hike, spend the day in Laguna beach/Shopping Area, dinner at Javiers, Newport, CA FRIDAY – Malibu State Creek Park, for hike and swim. Brunch on the beach till sunset and then dinner and drinks at Nobu, Malibu SATURDAY – Morning brunch at Crossroads Kitchen, Melrose Trading Post for shopping then late lunch at Sugar Taco on Melrose followed by dinner and drinks at Ysabel, west Hollywood and more fun at the SLS.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My boyfriend Jose, deserves a great amount of credit in my story. He has been a key player on my team since day 1. To have someone by your side cheering you on daily is a major key in anyones success. Being an entrepreneur is a lonely journey and he is someone who has been by my side through the highlights of my career and the downfalls. Most importantly he believes in me on the days I don’t believe in myself, and when I want to give up he reminds me why I started.

Website: themenuprep@gmail.com

Instagram: instagram.com/themenuprep instagram.com/shatiachesson

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvIA0UOodEsKbCh2RSgdn6w

Image Credits
Jose Delossantos Shatia Chesson

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