Story #005 – Tamara Earl

NAME: Tamara Earl

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL


Chef Tamara Earl


Tamara Earl has always loved to be in the kitchen since she can remember! Around the age of 12 is when she remembers really getting serious about food when she would make food for her family, with some dishes being “out of the ordinary” while other not so much. She remembers setting a timer and would then make something out of nothing, with whatever was available. She loved the rush and expectancy of the created dishes.

Fast forward to high school, which had a culinary program available that she could take advantage of and participate in. This is also the program where she won the first ever CROP foundation scholarship that she used to attend Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts on the North Miami campus.

However, things were not all roses when she first arrived at JWU. Tamara remembers feeling lost to say the least. She had wanted to stand out however she recalls, “there were now so many of “me”!”  She quickly adapted though and found her pace, learning with all the others. However, as she neared graduation, she still was not sure of what path to take or what part of the culinary industry she wanted to pursue.

After graduating, she packed her bags and went back home to Delaware. Not knowing what was next, she fell into a deep depression. Everything she ever knew, loved and hoped for was no longer her reality. Nevertheless, she still needed to make money, so she bottled up her famous all natural strawberry lemonade and started selling it to the local shops. As the demand took off, she created a brand called Delectablez, added more products to the mix, and the rest is history. Today Delectablez consists of a full vegan and organic foods and beverage product line.

Combining her love of food, nature, and creativity, the Delectablez line of vegan food and beverage products has allowed Tamara to demonstrate how healthy food can not only be good for you, but delicious at the same time.

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