Syrena Johnson

Syrena Johnson

Chef


Liberty's Kitchen

New Orleans, LA US


Don't let life go by. Don't be shy, don't be timid. If you want it, get out there and get it.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
She was raised in uptown New Orleans, which she calls "one of the grimiest places."
Growing up, she easily could've gone down a bad path, but she always chose to work and stay in school.
Her first job was at McDonald's; she started at the bottom and worked her way up to fine dining.
Looking back, she realizes she was always in the kitchen with her mother; that passion was always inside of her-she just had to identify it.
Now she works at Liberty's Kitchen, a program for at-risk youth that teaches job skills through cooking.
Her dream is to have her own restaurant where everyone who comes to eat can lick their plate clean and leave happy.
For a long time, she thought her hard work would never pay off, but with a little bit of patience, she's been able to see her labor come to fruition.
Says you have to get out there and get what you want: she's 23 years old and living all of her dreams because she went after them.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
French Culinary Institute
Career

Career

Chef

I am a lead line cook and I run the grill and prepare everything on that station.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Food
Food
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Build leadership skills and learn how to talk to people. The better you communicate, the better things get done.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Just because you failed at things doesn't mean you're a failure it means you should just try another avenue...

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Hard work doesn't pay! I've been working hard, but it hasn't paid off yet."

Don't doubt yourself or think that good things can't happen to you. Don't be timid, if you want something go out and get it.

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

I grew up in uptown New Orleans which is one of the grimiest areas, full of crime. I saw a lot of people around me going down bad paths, but I chose not to do those things. I wanted to finish school and make something of myself.