INSPIRED TO LEARN
When Salome first came from the Philippines to the USA in the summer of 2001, she brought her love for cooking, but hadn't yet received formal training.
Her journey to chef life began by watching cooking shows on the Food Network. One day she printed a recipe from Tyler Florence for Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. She wanted to give that one a try because her hubby loves chicken. She was delighted when it came out perfectly and he ate it up quickly!
Following that successful meal, she began collecting and trying various 5-star rated recipes. Eventually, she gravitated back to her roots and shifted to cooking some of her favorite Philippine dishes such as Chicken Adobo and Beef Caldereta Pansit.
Her pursuit to learn more continued on...
In 2013, Salome decided to go to Greenville Technical College to get formally trained in cooking, baking and knife skills. She graduated with confidence in 2017 with an Associate of Culinary Arts. While at school, she worked full-time at Swamp Rabbit Café and Groceries in Greenville, South Carolina in addition to 2 other part-time jobs.
She is so very grateful to have her husband, Douglas, and son, Isaac, who have supported her all the way through her journey, despite the many sacrifices it took to juggle the responsibilities of being a student, working mom, and wife.
She will also always cherish the time she had at Swamp Rabbit because her manager, Judi, as well as the owners, Mary and Jack, were so encouraging as she shared her dreams to own a catering business.