You heard right. Kelis is a chef and one you should take seriously. Most entertainers that have reached a certain level of stardom very rarely make a huge career change. The ones that do don’t always transition well, and there are a lot of rough patches that you go through to adjust. Kelis has went through this journey and came out on top. The singer has been a professional musician since the age of 17, and found success with her most notable hits being “I’m Bossy” and “Milkshake”. Despite her success, she made the decision to explore her passion for cooking and enrolled in Le Cordon Blue Culinary School in 2008. According to an interview she did with LA Weekly, Kelis helped her mother with a catering business as a child, and amassed a list of recipes when she was touring, so this transition was not completely out of the blue. Here are a few of her quotes from the interview:
“It opened up my life, made me feel like I can do something else..in the music industry, everyone lives like we’re saving the world. Music is healing, but the reality is it’s very self-centered,” she says. “To be good at it, you have to be egotistical, and it doesn’t equip you for much else.
“This was the first time no one cared that I sold this many records or that I am sort of famous, and it was a relief,” she adds. “When I graduated, the chef said, ‘We thought you were going to be a total bitch, but you worked really hard and we’re proud to say you went here.’ It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
And her culinary accomplishments since then, prove that she made the right choice. In 2013 she launched a line of sauces called Feast (which has now been renamed Bounty & Full). She’s also had a number of specials on the Cooking Channel. Now she has released her very first cook book entitled My Life On a Plate. Not to mention, she released an album FOOD, that turned out to be a great branding initiative that helped her fans make the transition with her.
“The book was super-stressful,” Kelis says. “I was in boot camp and in sheer panic doing 10 recipes a day. I didn’t let anyone in the kitchen or let them eat the food or touch ingredients in the fridge. It was really, really intense. It’s way harder than making an album.”
Hats off to Kelis breaking out of her own limitations. It’s difficult for most, but for someone who changes her hairstyles like she changes underwear, taking a risk is not out of character for her. Head over to LA Weekly, for the full article.