Our friend LaNeca Cox reminds us that it is never to late to follow your dream. Hers was to be a cook at a restaurant in Vegas… and that is now exactly what she’s doing! Thank you LaNeca for sharing part of your inspirational story.
LaNeca Cox On LaNeca Cox – I am stronger than I’ve ever thought to be. When I set my mind to something I go full throttle until I achieve my goal.
Diva Foodies: Your career began in hospitality and now you are a cook at a large Las Vegas restaurant. Let’s set the table for our community. What is the difference between a “chef” and a “cook?”
LaNeca Cox: A chef plans menus, oversee the kitchen staff, and ensures our food meets high quality standards. A cook executes the recipes exactly as it is written.
Diva Foodies: What is your day-to-day work like and what is most enjoyable for you?
LaNeca Cox: Busy, busy! As soon as I get into work, the lines are long, place is packed. As crazy as this sounds but I love when it’s busy, you get an adrenaline rush, I perform my best under pressure.
Diva Foodies: Who influenced your love of food and cooking?
LaNeca Cox: I was about 15 yrs old when my mom taught me how to cook, I hated it at first, but learned to love it. Years later Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen premiered and I fell in love with the idea of cooking professionally.
Diva Foodies: What is your favorite food to make and why?
LaNeca Cox: I absolutely love chicken, which is crazy because growing up I didn’t like it at all, until I realized it was legs and thighs I could do without. :0 Chicken is so universal, goes great with any sides and stove top, oven or grill, and seasoning has no boundaries. Perfection to me.
Diva Foodies: We met live tweeting lots of food TV shows. It was great fun to tweet with you as we watched shows together. Why did you follow food TV shows so closely that you became an engaged fan on social media? What’s your favorite show these days and why?
LaNeca Cox: Tweeting with you guys was awesome!
I watched those food shows to learn, I had no classical training so that helped me, see cooking techniques etc.
I still love me some Hell’s Kitchen lol MasterChef my tops! Being here in Las Vegas close to Chef Ramsay’s restaurants are amazing because I can go in and eat while learning at the same time.
Diva Foodies: As is Diva Foodies’ tradition, please wrap this any way you’d like.
LaNeca Cox: Thank you for this opportunity and allowing me to share my story, I love you ladies! If anyone out there is interested in diving into something new, go for it. It’s never too late. I came from North Carolina with a dream of cooking professionally in Las Vegas Nevada, anything is possible.
You never know where that dream will take you.