Celebrity Chefs of South Florida: Chef Zelicious

There are many different sort of chefs out there. Many chefs are content to stay behind the scenes, and their reward is seeing customers enjoy what they prepare. Other chefs seek out the limelight, and are eager to share their craft with the world. Still others combine the two, emerging from the kitchen on occasion to demonstrate their work, but still remain humble and dedicated to their craft. It is those sort of chefs who we attempt to highlight in this column.This week, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Chef Zelicious, otherwise known as Zainab Fisher. She has recently taken to the airwaves, and can be seen on occasion on CBS 12 and Fox 29.

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How did you get started in the food industry?

I was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I started cooking at an early age with my African, Lebanese grandmothers. I still remember the spices and herbs my grandparents would use to make creative dishes. As a child, I would look forward to going to the local market with my grandparents.

 

Can you tell us a little more about your Restaurant?

I don’t own a restaurant, but I worked as a head chef at the Raw kitchen restaurant. We served vegan raw food and I helped to create and develop recipes.

 

What is your philosophy on cooking?

Keep it healthy and use fresh local farmer’s market ingredients. I cook from the heart so my meals show passion, love and creativity.

 

Of all the dishes on the current menu, which is your favorite?

I love Mediterranean Vegan Dishes, such as Hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, baked falafel and vegan baklava.

 

Are you enjoying your time in South Florida?

Yes! I have lived in South Florida for 7 years. I moved from Boston, Massachusetts and miss the season change, but not the cold weather.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your previous experience in fine dining?

I worked in restaurants and as a personal chef creating and developing recipes for my clients across the United States.

 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your cooking career?

Getting my clients involved in the kitchen as my sous chef, creates many funny moments.

 

I know that many restaurants in South Florida now focus on using more local cuisine. What foods are you planning on highlighting this season?I like to focus more on clean eating, such as raw vegan or cooked vegan cuisine. Also I include various juice recipes for detox and salads that are simple, light and easy to make.

 

More and more chefs in the Palm Beaches have become involved in cooking contests featured on the Food Network. Do you have any interest in that?

It is my dream to be on Food Network.

 

What new and exciting plans do you have for your restaurant?

I am considering opening my own restaurant in the future.

 

We’d like to thank Chef Zelicious for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with us.

If you’re a local chef whose cuisine matches up to the best out there, we’d love to talk to you. Contact us and perhaps you can be the next celebrity chef!