My name is Ebony Pickens and I was born to my Liberian (West African) father Edmond Coleman and my Afro-American mother I was later raised by my Jamaican step-father Roy Smalling expanding my horizon into the culinary world! As a little girl my step-father would allow me to experience the wonderful flavors of his homeland, Jamaica by allowing me to be his junior assistant in the kitchen. My step-father was like a mad scientist, whipping and tasting for perfection. We would visit Jamaica yearly and bring home spices, root vegetables, fruits and local delicacies to enjoy throughout the the year. My step-father and I would spend hours in the kitchen trying to replicate the flavors of Jamaican dishes and after great practice we mastered the wonderful flavors of home!