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Meet La Vette Jackson of Ms. Jackson Can Cook

Today we’d like to introduce you to La Vette Jackson.

Hi La Vette, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Cooking has always been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. As a young girl, I grew up helping my mom in the kitchen. I especially remember her giving me more range as I got older to prepare some of the deserts during holiday seasons. I didn’t realize I was gifted in the kitchen until so many family members and coworkers would tell me, “You need to open your own restaurant.” As time went on, I began volunteering to cook for interns at my local church. I served in that role for five years, Those interns loved my cooking and I became known as Ms. Jackson (at least that’s how I was addressed by the interns). In 2018, my daughters and I were trying to think of a business name and to my surprise “Ms. Jackson Can Cook” was born.

Afterward, we developed our logo and started cooking for friends once a week. They would order from the weekly menu we would create. That was fun but more of a hobby. We soon realized we were just breaking even. We later figured out that we would make a larger profit by catering. We started doing small catering events for friends. I am currently restructuring to open things up to the general public which is taking some time since I still work a full-time job. I’m looking into getting my own food truck so I can have the flexibility to move around and not be tied to a nine-to-five. Ultimately, my dream career would be to do something in culinary full time.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My challenges have been working a full-time job and still holding on to what I know will happen for me one day as full-time business owner. Having a family and having secure income has been my main concern.

We’ve been impressed with Ms. Jackson Can Cook, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The kitchen is my refuge of peace and creative expression. I enjoy learning about different cuisines and new ways of cooking. I specialize in good, home-cooked meals that feed your soul; not just your belly. I’m known in my inner circle for my Cilantro Lime Rice! I am so happy that my family, friends and coworkers love to eat my food. I cook from the heart and want anyone who eats my food to really to savor it and, of course, enjoy what they’re eating.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Cooking is here to stay so what I see for the future is more young people cooking and showing their creativity. Social media platforms are increasing with new culinary ideas, and I expect that to continue.

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