Tune in next THURSDAY, 11/2/14, AT 7 PM as Chef Elliott host his friend and colleague EXECUTIVE CHEF CELESTE MOBLEY.
From 7 PM – 8 PM EST on Chef Elliott’s “Entertaining Solutions”, SRN radio show by calling 347-989-8385347-989-8385 or at www.chefelliottentsol.info
As general manager of The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro, Executive Chef Celestia Mobley has turned what began as the The Potter’s House International Ministries of Jacksonville, FL food services ministry …i…nto the most successful soul food restaurant in Jacksonville. Now Ms. Celeste (as she is affectionately known) shares the secrets of her grandmother’s favorite dishes and her passion for food and family at The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro.
Celeste began cooking at the tender age of 8, learning from her maternal grandmother who she watched prepare family dinners with love every Sunday and on every holiday. In 1998, upon leaving a 10 year career in banking that began immediately after high school, Celeste opened Lojope’s Seafood Restaurant, specializing in the Southern favorite garlic crabs & shrimp. When then, Pastor Vaughn McLaughlin expressed a desire to expand the church’s food ministry, he spoke to Celeste about cooking at the new Potter’s House Café.
In 1999, Celeste sold the seafood restaurant and became head cook at the Potter’s House Café. While working as the head cook, she enrolled in FCCJ’s Culinary School, where she studied under Chef Grigsby and Chef Harold. In addition to her studies, Celeste took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Europe on a culinary tour. Upon her graduation with a degree in Culinary Management in 2002, Celeste left the café for a brief stint to complete an internship at The River Club in the Modis Building in downtown Jacksonville. She later returned to the café as restaurant manager.
In addition to being General Manager of The Bistro, Celeste also serves as Vice President of the first coast chapter of The American Culinary Federation, through which she also participates in the Chef and Child Program. In July, 2009, Celeste earned the classification of Certified Executive Chef through ACF.