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Culinary School Stories

62 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Colin Roche, PhD, MBA, CEC, CCE, FMP, CHEWebsite

Culinary School Stories is a podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Every week we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impa… read more


Story #037 - Jyaira Moore

GUEST’S NAME: Jyaira Moore

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL & Charlotte, NC

BIO: Chef Jyaira Moore’s "Culinary School Story” started in 2008 when she was getting ready to leave middle school and had to choose where she was going to go to high school. All of the high schools in her area had programs that she wasn’t interested in, which was cooking, so Jyaira decided to go to a school 2 ½ hours away by school bus to pursue her dream of becoming a personal chef at the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High School.

After finishing all four years of high school at the culinary academy, Chef Moore wanted to continue her academic pursuit and immediately enrolled in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus. After taking her first beverage lab, Jyaira was hooked and fell in love with spirits, liquors, and bartending in general. By the spring term of her freshmen year, she had started bartending in a nightclub to pay for her schooling.

Once she had obtained her associates degree in culinary arts, Chef Moore decided to leave Miami and transfer to Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus in North Carolina. It was here that she obtained her bachelor’s degree as well as continued knowledge in food and beverage. After working at the local Hilton Hotel, for a year and a half in both front and back of the house positions, Jyaira applied for a management position at a brand-new location they were building. She got the job and became an Assistant Food and Beverage director, the youngest person in the department in a management position. After 5 years with the Hilton company, she decided to call it quits with the hotel industry and went into business for herself.

Chef Jyaira is now a personal chef and caterer in the Charlotte area and has started a small infused vodka business producing her own line of herb-infused vodkas to sell to local small businesses. In addition, Jyaira is also a fashion model and the bar manager at a private social drinking lounge called "Members Only" in Charlotte.

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ABOUT THE SHOW: Culinary School Stories is a weekly podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Each episode we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impacted, touched and/or enriched, for good or for bad, from their culinary school experience. And this Podcast is dedicated to telling their story!

From current students and alumni, to faculty and administrators, this interview style podcast allows for longer, more in-depth, open discussions about issues, stories and tales surrounding culinary school. We hope you will listen in and learn what each of our guests has to say as we talk to them about their relationship to culinary school, as well as their journey, the people who helped them, and their goals and dreams for the future. Join us as we ask and discover, “What’s your culinary school story?”


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