First off I want to thank you for taking the time to get to know me. My name is Ashley Paige. I’m from Moncton New Brunswick currently residing in Saint John, N.B. with my boyfriend Andrew and our cat, Simba. I cook, I take food pictures constantly and I’m ready to share my creations with you.
I’ve spent the last 12 years working in restaurants. I’ve been a hostess, expeditor, waitress, bartender and I absolutely love the Food and Beverage industry. The hustle and bustle of a busy, functioning restaurant is so addictive, however, I’m ready to explore more of the culinary side of things. I constantly ask Chefs questions on ingredients or cooking methods, I’ve dealt with food questions and comments from a guests perspective. I’ve worked in every type of restaurant from fast food to fine dining, in big cities and small towns. I’ve served high profile celebrities and athletes. Through out my experience I’ve constantly taken mental notes and been extremely observant of what works and what is trending.
Aside form the Food+Beverage industry, I’ve had experience being a live in Nanny for a couple families. It was my responsibility to cook and prepare meals, so I’ve been in the kitchen regularly since I was 18 years old. I also have a year of paramedicine, in which I learned lots on which foods our bodies need and how the body breaks down food and uses it to fuel our bodies.
I would consider myself a fairly well travelled individual and I’ve tasted many different cultures food. My favorite being Jamaican. Jerk Chicken and the reggae way of life stole my heart. In this culture they barely cook the vegetables, allowing the nutrients to stay within. This alone gave me a new found respect for what I was putting in my body and my hopes with this blog are to educate and inspire you as well.
Cooking is fun and easier then most people think. To me There is no greater satisfaction then bringing friends and family together over a dish you put time, energy and love into creating. My favorite dish to create are beautiful, vibrant salads. The possibilities are endless! I also enjoy grilling or barbequing, steaks especially. Love to play around with herbs and spices. My favorite dish to eat is Shepard’s Pie. It’s an Acadian dish and reminds me of home. Every year I would ask my Momma to make me this on my birthday. I’m not really a dessert person so I apologize ahead of time for my lack of desserts. Lastly, my favorite part about cooking is presentation or “Foodography” as my boyfriend and I like to call it. I truly believe that presentation is equally as important as taste.
In closing, my mission for this blog is to inspire people to get back into their kitchens and create something flavourful. I want people to realise what they are putting into their bodies. Someday I hope to have my own restaurant or bistro and play an active role in decreasing food waste and world hunger.