NAME: Jyaira Moore
CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL & Charlotte, NC
Chef Jyaira Moore’s “Culinary School Story” started in 2008 when she was getting ready to leave middle school and had to choose where she was going to go to high school. All of the high schools in her area had programs that she wasn’t interested in, which was cooking, so Jyaira decided to go to a school 2 ½ hours away by school bus to pursue her dream of becoming a personal chef at the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High School.
After finishing all four years of high school at the culinary academy, Chef Moore wanted to continue her academic pursuit and immediately enrolled in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus. After taking her first beverage lab, Jyaira was hooked and fell in love with spirits, liquors, and bartending in general. By the spring term of her freshmen year, she had started bartending in a nightclub to pay for her schooling.
Once she had obtained her associates degree in culinary arts, Chef Moore decided to leave Miami and transfer to Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus in North Carolina. It was here that she obtained her bachelor’s degree as well as continued knowledge in food and beverage. After working at the local Hilton Hotel, for a year and a half in both front and back of the house positions, Jyaira applied for a management position at a brand-new location they were building. She got the job and became an Assistant Food and Beverage director, the youngest person in the department in a management position. After 5 years with the Hilton company, she decided to call it quits with the hotel industry and went into business for herself.
Chef Jyaira is now a personal chef and caterer in the Charlotte area and has started a small infused vodka business producing her own line of herb-infused vodkas to sell to local small businesses. In addition, Jyaira is also a fashion model and the bar manager at a private social drinking lounge called “Members Only” in Charlotte.