Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandin LaShea.
Brandin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I have always been surrounded by all things fashion and food. Throughout my life I have been lucky enough to achieve a few of my life goals — modeling for some of LA’s top designers, being featured in Marie Claire and NYLON magazines for my street style, and now, creating a strong presence on Social Club TV & PlutoTV, with my cannabis cooking show, Pot Pie.
Coming from a multi-cultural family, I was exposed to and have experience cooking many different types of cuisines. I am deeply tied to my African American, Native American, Italian and Irish roots, and my passion for culinary started when I was just six years old, cooking and baking with my mom and grandmother. After I got a taste of the cooking bug, I couldn’t stop – I took my first cooking class at age eight and it became very apparent that I had found my passion.
After graduating high school, I decided to pursue cooking as a career, enrolling at Le Cordon Bleu. I quickly excelled in all of my courses and graduated school at the top of my class. Before graduating, I was offered a position as a line cook at A top Los Angeles restaurant. While there, I realized I wanted to continue my culinary pursuits in a more intimate environment. This inspired me to start Pretty Spicy Catering & Events, my own catering company.
I am definitely not your average classically trained chef. I’ve taken my Le Cordon Bleu background and mixed it with one of the hottest new culinary trends – cannabis. Since becoming the new host of the hip digital show Pot Pie, on the leading cannabis network, Social Club TV App, I have been able to give viewers an exciting look at my charismatic and dynamic personality and cooking skills.
With my combined experience in culinary arts and entertainment, I hope I am on my way to becoming one of the next big culinary stars.
Has it been a smooth road?
It feels silly talking about my struggles when I know that in comparison to so many, I have had it really good. I mean being born and raised in Los Angeles has definitely helped open a lot of doors for me, but in the same right being an African American woman anywhere in the world can lead to bumpy road, to success.
I feel like people are very quick to judge you here, especially in the entertainment industry. There are a lot of politics in the entertainment industry and I think people have a certain view of how you’re supposed to be, even if it’s not who you really are. It makes it hard to navigate at times when you’re just trying to stay true to yourself and follow your dreams. There aren’t as many doors open for women of color in the culinary TV world and because of this we have to work harder to break down those barriers.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am currently working on my awesome digital cooking show, Pot Pie. I have been so blessed to work with an amazing production and content company Robin Content, who just launched a really cool app called Social Club TV (available in your App Store).
Being able to work with the first digital cannabis network has been a crazy ride. We are breaking barriers in the way people not only view television but cannabis. We are trying to set the bar higher (no pun intended) for cannabis content and the shows that are available to the viewers that want to educate themselves while enjoying a quality show.
There are so many negative stigmas when it comes to cannabis and Pot Pie helps breakdown a lot of them. Every episode brings a fresh vibe, with a celebrity guest from all types of entertainment, helping show that cannabis doesn’t have a “type”.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the land of opportunity and you can definitely achieve a lot here if you stay focused and grounded.
If you’re just starting out in the culinary, entertainment, or another booming industry that is based on Los Angeles, this is definitely a great place to start. You can learn so much from all the cultures and different types of people that are in this amazing city.
LA teaches you a lot, and it can chew you up and spit you out if you’re not ready. But if you succeed here, you can make it anywhere!
- Website: www.thesocialclub.tv
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/Brandinlashea
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Brandinlashea
- Other: www.brandinlashea.com
Personal photo and second from top – Kiyana Tehrani; 3rd down – @jujufilm, for @lolcartel; 5th down – Trisha Laurie “mood 33”