My Culinary Voice: Chef Ashley Merriman


My culinary voice is really focused on… I
cook a lot of fish, I cook a lot of shellfish, it’s where my heart and
my passion really lie. As a kid it was my after-school job to go wash dishes and so that’s when I got introduced to food and I really, really
distinctly remember making this this big batch of tuna fish salad for this
restaurant and she wanted me to season it with white pepper instead of black
pepper and I remember really tasting the difference. It was so simple, I mean, I was
probably 13, but making this tuna salad using white pepper instead of black
pepper and how and what a difference it made in the taste of it and how much
more I liked it – I think that that had a big influence on me.

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