Born and raised in Barbados, Renee Blackman has always had a passion for food and culture. Growing up her inspirations were her mother Colleen and Grandmother Hazel, sparking her fascination with food. Renee decided at an early age to become a chef, wanting to combine bold flavors to create deeply satisfying dishes. At the age of 16, she attended an early culinary program in New York where she excelled quickly. Exhibiting extreme interest in technique and presentation, she was deemed the lead chef amongst her peers. After discovering her niche of combining food and art, Chef Renee began creating elaborate dishes for friends and family members. Chef Renee believes in using the freshest ingredients and constantly seeks out seasonal finds to enhance her dishes.