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Ebony Williams

My name is Ebony Williams, and I am the owner of Flavors of the Isle. My story began in the city of Detroit where I was born to a Liberian (West African) father and an Afro-American mother. I was later raised by a Jamaican stepfather, which helped expand my horizon into the culinary world!  As a little girl my stepfather would allow me to experience the wonderful flavors of his homeland, Jamaica, by allowing me to be his junior assistant in the kitchen. My stepfather and I would spend hours in the kitchen trying to replicate the flavors of Jamaican dishes and after great practice we mastered the wonderful flavors of home! Alongside of my culinary experience with my stepfather I had the privilege of spending qualitytime with my maternal grandmother and Big Mamma who taught me bakering and canning techniques.

My first professional training began by watching Chef Martin Yan on PBS, which allowed me to perform my first family meal at the tender age of nine years old. Between the ages of 16 to 24, I gave birth to two beautiful boys, completed High School, went to Culinary Arts School, and landed a career in Information Technology as a Business Analyst. Also, during this time, I was homeless, married, divorced and then homeless again.  I became financially stable and later bought a house for my children and me.  I worked as an IT Business Analyst for over 20 years and raised my sons, now I can focus on my passions in life.

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