By: Nikia Wells
Since Lesanna Simon, Vainete McCoy, Rayanna Watkins, Kristianne Thompson, and Alexa Hunter joined Ravell Rollins in the Showman kitchens, the intern team has been getting a hands on education about the ins and outs of working in a professional culinary environment.
The next several posts in the Showman…. The Next Generation Series will highlight their experiences, as young culinary minds, in their own words….
CLICK HERE to read Part 1, 2 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Meet Kristianne – Developing A Sweet Mindset
“I’m originally from Eleuthera, and love the pastry side of cooking. I always liked sweets, so over the years, I just got more and more interested in baking and creating my own. My mummy and grammy also played a big part in my life and they inspired me to go into the culinary field.
Growing up in Eleuthera was quiet, so it was a big adjustment moving to New Providence. I moved from my hometown to attend school, and, even though I have some relatives on the island, most of my family is back home.
In Eleuthera, everyone knows everyone. They know who you are, and everything that is going on in your life. But, in Nassau, everything’s a little more fast paced and you blend into the crowd since there are more people.
Family is important to me, so I spend a lot of time with my sister.
Since I’ve been at Showman, I’ve really gotten a taste of many different areas of cooking. A lot of what we have learnt has been completely new to me. The types of foods and dishes that we have been making, I had never tried before. And, it’s been really interesting seeing the behind the scenes process of what it takes to make a place like Showman run smoothly.
It’s also been really inspiring seeing young people, like myself, actually running a kitchen. These are people I know and went to school with, so it’s been really rewarding to see them in leadership positions.
My goal is to one day open my own restaurant and to see the world. I always thought that working on a cruise ship would allow me to not only experience the food of other countries and develop my skills, but also give me a wide range of skill sets and an expanded outlook that I can then bring back home. That is my dream…. “