Q&A with SOUL STAFF:
Executive Chef Emily Yasi

What got you into cooking?

I have been cooking alongside my mom since the age of five! Sunday breakfast with my family had always been a passion of mine. My mom and I always made crepes and pancakes together. She also taught me everything I know about cooking Latin cuisine, a huge part of my culture as I am first generation born in the US.

What brought you to the jbj soul kitchen?

A love of food and a passion for helping my community. I have a strong desire to give back to the community that made me who I am- and help those in need as much as possible.

What makes jbj soul kitchen different from another restaurant down the street?

We are a community and a family. I seat the same guests at my tables 5 nights a week and have come to learn the majority of their names within the first few weeks. We care about those we serve as if they were our kin, and you can’t say that about any other restaurant in Monmouth County.

What makes you most excited about starting this new journey with JBJ Soul Kitchen?

I look forward to meeting more members of my community and strive to create a place for people to meet and learn new things within the coming years. Workshops, lessons and themed dinners to provide locals with an opportunity to engage with other members of the community, learn and have fun while doing it.

Does anything special influence your cooking / cooking style?
My mom was born and raised in Honduras and she was my first influence that got me into cooking. I have learned everything I know about Hispanic cuisine from cooking by her side. I graduated from the Brookdale Community College Culinary Education center and worked in French and New American restaurants that have impacted my cooking style as well.
Tell us something about yourself that most people probably don't know!
I’ve got two black kittens at home named Tortellini and Brodo, named after my favorite soup!

Q&A with SOUL STAFF:
Executive Chef Emily Yasi

What got you into cooking?

I have been cooking alongside my mom since the age of five! Sunday breakfast with my family had always been a passion of mine. My mom and I always made crepes and pancakes together. She also taught me everything I know about cooking Latin cuisine, a huge part of my culture as I am first generation born in the US.

What brought you to the jbj soul kitchen?

A love of food and a passion for helping my community. I have a strong desire to give back to the community that made me who I am- and help those in need as much as possible.

What makes jbj soul kitchen different different from another restaurant down the street?

We are a community and a family. I seat the same men at my tables 5 nights a week and have come to learn the majority of their names within the first few weeks. We care about those we serve as if they were our kin, and you can’t say that about any other restaurant in Monmouth County.

What makes you most excited about starting this new journey with JBJ Soul Kitchen?

I look forward to meeting more members of my community and strive to create a place for people to meet and learn new things within the coming years. Workshops, lessons and themed dinners to provide locals with an opportunity to engage with other members of the community, learn and have fun while doing it.

Does anything special influence your cooking / cooking style?
My mom was born and raised in Honduras and she was my first influence that got me into cooking. I have learned everything I know about Hispanic cuisine from cooking by her side. I graduated from the Brookdale Community College Culinary Education center and worked in French and New American restaurants that have impacted my cooking style as well.
Tell us something about yourself that most people probably don't know!
I’ve got two black kittens at home named Tortellini and Brodo, named after my favorite soup!

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