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S2 / E30: Amanda Frederickson, Chef & Author of Simple Beautiful Food & Owner of Radish

July 12, 2023

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Join Ashley Verma in an exciting episode as she welcomes the talented Amanda Frederickson to this week’s Bizzimumzi podcast. Amanda, a professional cook, food stylist, and acclaimed author of The Staub Cookbook, has an impressive culinary background. After attending the renowned San Francisco Cooking School and working at the Michelin-starred restaurant SPQR, she found her calling in the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen. There, she honed her skills, developing recipes, testing products, and co-writing eleven Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen cookbooks. In 2020, Amanda launched her own cookbook, Simple Beautiful Food, and shortly after, she embarked on a new venture, opening her first health-focused fast-food restaurant, Radish, in Nashville, Tennessee.

In this engaging episode, Ashley and Amanda dive deep into their parenting journeys, discussing the transition from corporate life to pursuing their passions in the culinary world. They explore the challenges, triumphs, and valuable lessons learned along the way. Some of the exciting topics they cover include:

  • Building a business and staying confident after having kids: Amanda shares her personal experiences and insights on juggling motherhood while building her culinary empire. Discover how she stayed motivated, maintained confidence, and found balance in her professional and personal life.
  • Pursuing passion and becoming a chef: Ashley and Amanda explore the transformative journey of following one’s passion, leaving the corporate world behind, and pursuing a career in the culinary arts. Gain inspiration and practical advice for taking the leap and embracing your true calling.
  • The importance of a supportive village: Both Ashley and Amanda agree that raising children and building successful careers require a supportive network. They discuss the significance of having help, whether it’s through a nanny or relying on family and friends. Discover how leaning on others can empower you to do it all.
  • Quick ideas for busy moms in the kitchen: Amanda, a master of culinary efficiency, shares practical tips and quick meal ideas for busy moms. Learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals even on the busiest of days.
  • What’s in the pipeline for Amanda’s business: Get an exclusive glimpse into Amanda’s future plans for her culinary endeavours. Discover the exciting projects she has in store and the inspiration behind them.

Prepare to be inspired by Amanda’s journey of culinary success, motherhood, and pursuing her passion. This episode is filled with practical advice, heartfelt discussions, and the belief that with determination and a supportive village, anything is possible.

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