Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Latoya and I’m currently in the Chef Training program at George Brown College.
Ever since I can remember I’ve always had a fascination with food. One of my favourite past times would be helping my mother prepare Sunday dinners. She would usually make traditional Jamaican dishes such as rice and peas with various meats (oxtail, stewed chicken, curry goat/chicken) or fish dishes.
One of the first things I ever made was French toast. For Christmas my aunt had given me, The Barenstain Bears and the Mama’s Day Surprise book. As the title suggests the kids ended up surprising their mother with breakfast in bed. With the help of my siblings we decided to do the same for our mother. My first actual meal came a few years later when I was about 13 when I made rice with stew chicken for Sunday dinner.
My family eventually nicknamed me Martha Stewart because I fell in love with her show and I was always cooking or baking.
Flash forward a few years later and I’m graduating York University with a Bachelors degree in History & Environmental Studies. After working for 2 years I decided I wanted to follow my passion and applied to culinary school.
I chose the name Artis Platter for my blog because it describes my personal philosophy of cooking. “Artis” is the Greek word for artist and platter meaning plate. By nature I’ve always been a creative person and I believe cooking is a form of art. The possibilities of creating and recreating a dish are endless.
One of the reasons I applied to culinary school is because I’m very eager to learn the fundamentals of cooking. It’s only been a few months but it’s been an amazing experience.