Adjoa Courtney is an Artist of many talents, however, turning her recipes into exquisite art is her passion. Growing up in the Midwest and raised vegan since age seven, she spent lots of time in her grandmother’s kitchen, absorbing all the wisdom she could about cooking and life. She became fascinated by other elders in her community, befriending them in food havens like international supermarkets and restaurants to obtain their authentic recipes.
After a few years of honing her skills Joya began to host dinner parties for family and friends, constructing dining experiences that left them amazed and wondering when she would turn her natural ability into her calling. Chef Joya began to blog and offer cooking lessons that would sell out. With the love and support of those closest to her, Chef Joya decided to go all in and become a Personal Chef.
Following the plant-based foundation of the food she knew too well, “veganizing” traditional recipes that typically contained animal products became her specialty. Chef Joya cuisine is full of cultural cuisines like Soul Food, Afro-Caribbean, and French.
Recognizing the need for vegan cuisine in many culinary genres, Chef Joya began teaching other Chefs how to prepare plant-based meals for their own clients. As she continues to travel the country winning the hearts of the community by drawing in vegans and meat-consumers alike, events in each city are always “souled” out.
With several successful restaurant collaborations and national cooking titles/awards under her belt, one can find Chef Joya preparing for her next dinner party, where she provides great food, stories, and an intimate 5-star experience that she shares with each of her clients.
It can be especially difficult to follow a vegan diet during the holidays when even vegetable dishes are often made with butter, milk, or eggs. But you don’t have to compromise your diet or lifestyle to eat healthy this season. We have a little something for everyone with the irresistible flavors of the holidays. Vegan or not, the whole family is sure to love this healthy, hearty holiday menus that just happen to be free of any animal products.