Kadijah Jones

Queen’s Garden

Phone: (585) 481-5815

Email:Kjones@foodlink.org

80 Huntington pk
Rochester, New York 14621

Where were you born and raised?
The beautiful flower city, Rochester NY.

What was your introduction to cooking/baking?

My introduction to baking begin shortly before the pandemic. Cooking has always been a part of my life. I helped my grandma in the kitchen with small tasks as a little girl.

Where and how did you train? (Culinary school, internships, self-taught, family member, etc.)
I am self taught, watching YouTube videos mostly. Since the pandemic, I have wanted to take my culinary journey more serious so now I am currently a student at FoodLink, perfecting my craft.

Have you always been a chef? If yes, describe your career path. If no, what else have you done?
I haven’t always been a chef, but have always worked in or closely with the food industry since the age of 15. I’ve worked in kitchen restaurants, holding numerous positions from line cook to manager. Through these experiences, I developed a love for cooking in the interactions/connections that come from them.


If you own your own business(s), when did you open and what inspired you to go out on your own??
I started to develop my business (Queens Garden) in 2020. The inspiration to start my business, came from helping others run their businesses. It showed me I was capable of creating my own.


Where do your recipes come from (i.e., secret family recipes, trial and error, someone else’s inspiration)?
My recipes come from tasting new things and then going home to try and recreate the dish with my own twist.

Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why?

There is not one chef that I particularly admire. I enjoy watching and gain inspiration from all pastry chefs.

When you’re “off the clock” do you like preparing meals for friends and family or do you prefer someone else to do it?
I don’t mind cooking off the clock because I enjoy the reactions I get from people trying my food in the conversations that follow.


You have a day to eat anything you want. What will your menu look like?
My menu would be buffet style, endless variety of fruits and vegetables from around the world, with a variety of different rice dishes and noodles/soups, and bread like pastries.


What is your favorite thing to bake?
Cakes are my favorite thing to bake. I enjoy the process and how creative you can be with flavors, and fillings. Decorating is the best part! I love how cooking allows you to use your imagination.


What are your best and worst skills? List a baking/decorating skill you have mastered and one that, no matter how hard you try, you just haven’t been able to get the hang of.
My best skill in the kitchen is patience and problem-solving. I’m still working on time management. I have a big heart, big eyes and big stomach when it comes to the kitchen and sometimes I bite off more than I can chew and I don’t get to complete projects!


Is there a handy baking utensil that you absolutely can’t do without?
My stand mixer is a tool I absolutely cannot live without in the kitchen. I started out with whisking things by hand and that was truly a workout I don’t want to return to!


Besides baking, what are your other hobbies?
Besides baking, one of my favorite is teaching teaching my children how to cook.