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Who is Candace Boyd Wylie?
Food, is it the key to one's heart or the pathway to one's soul? Chief Foodie Candace Boyd Wylie is taking the art of cooking to new heights as the Chef & Creative Director behind the Food Love Tog, LLC.
FoodLoveTog, is a food and recipe website, which incorporates cooking techniques and spice brands to teaches people how to cook at home using simple concepts and healthy recipes in order to make them better acquainted and comfortable in front of a stove. In other words, its a website where food and creativity collide.
Shelling beans and stirring pots since the age of six, this midwestern sultry spice diva is blending up incredible spices to suit even the pickiest palette. With six custom spice blends available through her website, her latest addition Young Bae is Candace's ode to the famed Old Bay Chesapeake seasoning with her own added touched.
As a self taught cook, Candace prides herself in making meals that are fun, flavorful and feisty. Cooking for over 20 years, her cooking techniques pays homage to her grandmother and mother who taught her how to season food, be creative and most importantly how to cook from the heart. With this wealth of knowledge she has been making dishes that are not only comforting to the soul but are healthy to eat. As a mom and wife, Candace is taking her passion to new levels with hopes to provide cooking classes to the inner cities of Indianapolis. Forever the foodie, Candace is a huge promoter of using locally grown produce and products and is passionate about exploring new flavors. We are excited to share her story with you in hopes that it will inspire you to make your own culinary memories in the kitchen.
What made you get started in your industry?
The industry chose me. I've been in the kitchen my entire life. It was one of those things that I've always done. I can't remember a time when I didn't cook. I'm inspired by mother, my grandmother and my father. All of them are amazing cooks, I'm so thankful that I've been able to gleam from them, AND mark my own territory with my cooking.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did?
I can't say that I've taken any special steps. I started writing recipes and cooking a young age. Throughout the years, sharing recipes and food tid bits became my thing. I ended up creating a blog and then that grew into me creating a spice line and working with organizations to offer food education and demos.
What do you consider are your specialty?
My specialty would be teaching people about food in a fun, educational way. I love showing people how easy it is to get a great tasting meal on the table. From working with the senior citizen communities to girls nights in. Getting people comfortable with trying something new or just being more comfortable in the kitchen is what I love to do.
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
I do. I'm working towards that diligently!
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
You can always expect food for your belly and food for your soul from me. It's gonna be good eats from top to bottom. You can expect quality service and care in your spice blend orders.
What was the best advice you every received and why?
"To leap!" The gifts and passions we hold are God given. Leaping for and towards them is one of the best things we can do. Another tidbit would be to be sure to take time for myself in the form of self care. We cant pour from empty cups. Taking care of self is key.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
I would share my tips for success with anyone. Withholding and hording knowledge isn't my style at all. I would tell them to go boldly for their dreams, that when you fail to have a plan, you plan to fail, and to keep pushing, no one is a success overnight. Hardwork is still important. Overnight success isn't everything. Usually things that come fast, don't last.
Expect more food education opportunities, wellness partnerships, an expanded spice line to include a few other kitchen necessities. I'm pinning for the Food Network,. no.. I'm claiming the Food Network!
What do you think will be the next big change or shift in your industry?
I think we are going to see more people of color in the light in terms of cooking, wellness and food. It's our time!
If a young entrepreneur walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready. Keep a bio/info sheet ready to roll in your email. And you never get a chance to make a first impression so be nice!
How do you define a legacy and what are you doing right now to create one?
I would define my legacy as teaching others the skill of cooking and recipe sharing. It's important that no matter your age you're able to feed yourself through cooking. Yes, through food education classes and partnerships with local community focused groups. I'm dedicated to helping people get more comfortable in the kitchen.
If you are looking to spice up your recipes with a few new seasoning blends check out The Shop at foodlovetog.com. If you would like to connect with Candace for recipes, speaking engagements or interviews please drop her an email at email: email@example.com and be sure to follow her on social media: @foodlovetog on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
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