Tamirah Moore loves art and preparing sushi gives her an avenue to express her creativity. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)
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There are some things that just come naturally. For Tamirah Moore, that natural talent is cooking.
Prior to doing home economics at The Alleyne School, Tamirah had no formal training in cooking, but yet she excelled at it. So much so that the teachers there were insistent that she consider it as a career option.
“I didn’t always want to be a chef; I was just always really good at it. My teachers suggested I pursue it further; so I went to the Polytechnic, then PomMarine.
“I didn’t like the school part, but the practical part I always loved. I hate paperwork . . . but I had to learn to deal with it, if I was going to get through school,” the 26-year-old said.
Tamirah took their advice and for the last ten years she has been living a dream she never even really knew she had.
“I was offered my first internship when I was 16 so I was working and going to school. My second internship was at Sandy Lane, and I learnt a lot working there. My first one was at the Crane and that was good too. I was able to do the Food Wine And Rum Festival, and as a young chef that was a great experience for me,” she said excitedly.
These days, Tamirah is all about sushi.
She told EASY magazine it wasn’t always an area she wanted to get into, but once she discovered it, she fell in love.
“I like art so, I really love sushi because I get to design different things with it and express myself. At a previous job my boss asked me to make it and I didn’t know how so I had to go on YouTube and learn how to make it.”
“After I did it, I realised it was really easy, and I enjoyed it. So I kept doing it. I really love it. I don’t have patience for many other things but I have patience for this,” she explained.
Tamirah is now a sushi chef at Accra Beach Hotel where she is loving the experience.
“I’ve been doing sushi for two years at Accra Hotel. Every Saturday we have buffet night, and right now we are doing ‘live sushi’. That’s usually the highlight of my Saturdays. Being able to design various dishes for people. I do stuff like butterfly sushi and so on. I basically create anything,” she said.
The young chef said she was glad to see more people in Barbados taking a liking to sushi.
“Sushi is now becoming popular here. It wasn’t before, but it’s taking off. Some people still don’t know what it is, though; they think it’s raw fish. But sushi means vinegar rice. It’s anything you put in vinegar rice that makes it sushi. Saltfish, chicken, crab, smoked salmon and veggies are some of what I add to mine. A few people actually know what it is though,” she said.
And Tamirah hopes to fuse her two loves, cooking and teaching, to further educate people about sushi and cooking on a whole.
“I originally wanted to become a teacher. I’m considering going after my first love and teaching home economics. Sushi demonstrations are always very fun. I would do small sushi demonstrations and it’s something I’m looking to get into more.
The passionate chef, who models for fun on the side, said she also hoped
to open her own unique business very soon. (DB)