We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade Cobbins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jade, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always been independent, even as a young child starting at the age of 3 I learned to tie my shoes and dress myself. As I became older this path stuck with me. I had my first job at the age of 13. Thru the years of working for others I was always unhappy and was always doing some type of side hustle to fatten up my pockets. Even with this passion I was always afraid to step out on my own in fear of failing. It wasn’t until December 2018 that my employer at the time could sense my unhappiness and decided to let me go. This drove my passion into high gear and in January 2019 I expanded my business and been on my own every since.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started out by having Sunday game nights with family and friends just because I had the passion to cook. This quickly formed into daily plate sales which turned into getting my business license and opening up more doors. My first real gig was working at Street Execs Studio as the head chef and this gave me real exposure to be able to prepare meals for celebrities like Two Chainz, Bankroll Fresh, Travis Porter, Skooly and many more. After departing ways with the company I continued to expand my brand as being a young black female chef in Atlanta. It wasn’t easy being a female chef because a lot of people didn’t take us seriously because availability wasn’t always easy as a single parent.
I started doing Private dinners often which was the lane that I wanted to build my brand around and before you know I was being booked to cater for more celebrities such as YFN Lucci, Lil Durk, Rick Ross, Tiny and even Yandy from Love & Hip Hop New York. My tag name is The Pretty Chef and although it has it perks, the quality, presentation and passion I put into my food speaks volumes.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My out of town best friend would definitely be in for a treat because we are both foodies. Of course I would have to take her to Poor Calvin’s for not only the atmosphere but the delicious food and emaculate beverages and on a splurge night we would visit The Capital Grille.
If we are talking about brunch then my two options for be Gochas Breakfast Bar & Breakfast at Barneys.
As far as the nightlife scene we would definitely slide thru Edgewood on a Friday night or hit up some of my favorites like Blue Flame Lounge, Revel ATL, Whisky Mistress & Ace Atlanta. I love a good night at Harold Sports Bar as well right on Old National.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If it wasn’t for my two young sons, I would definitely be dead by now. I have lived a long life of depression with anxiety and ptsd but when I know that I have people in this world who need me I could never give up. I owe it all to them for keeping my hopes and dreams alive.