Kay Elle is doing big things in the Bronx, New York as a baker of sweet treats and desserts that will make your sweet tooth scream for more! Not only is she a baker, but Kay Elle wants to push culture forward in her community as a whole.
Patrice: How would people describe your style and personality?
Kay Elle: I would describe my personality as nerdy, creative and outgoing! My style is 90% chill and 10% bad bihhh. The 10% is always a vibe. Lol
Patrice: What defines your success?
Kay Elle: My success is defined by my ability to impact and efficiently help others. I want us all to be great.
Patrice: Are there any challenges you have faced in your business/industry? If so, give us an example.
Kay Elle: Yes! In my industry, I loved the idea of servicing people. However, in the Black community, small business wasn’t and isn’t always accepted or embraced. I found myself being overly critical of my business and too concerned with people’s opinions. This made me unhappy. I realized that I can rebrand myself as someone who made delicious recipes from home and showcase it on the internet. It changed a lot for me. I haven’t given up on my community but I do adjust where my energy goes if I am not happy.
Patrice: The entertainment, business and lifestyle industry can be pretty competitive and tricky. How do you separate yourself from all of the negativity people put out there in the industry itself?
Kay Elle: This is a great question! I focus on what is in front of me. Everything else can and will be a distraction if you allow it to be. We’re human, so we have our moments. But ultimately, I just worry about my goals and what it takes to accomplish them. When you’re focused on the goal, you really don’t have too much time for drama or negativity.
Patrice: What is one piece of advice would you like to share with others who want to step into the world of entrepreneurship?
Kay Elle: Follow your instincts and that gut feeling that you have about your success. When you are moving, especially in the right direction, many will try to encourage you to go their way. Always go your way. Our spirits are strong. Listen to yourself. Trust yourself.
Patrice: Tell us everything about your business and what you want people to get out of it.
Kay Elle: Made By Kay Kitchen is my baby. It is the home of my creativity. It is also a home to other entrepreneurs in the community. The theme of my life has always been togetherness and my business is no different. The kitchen is such a special place, especially in the Black community. We love there. We make memories there. We grow there. It’s our base. That’s what Made By Kay Kitchen is. It’s the place where I source my love and creativity to give back to my own. There’s peace in baking. It calms me. I hope to bring every ounce of that to others. I want people to feel the love I feel when watching me on my platforms. I want others to know that we are family and that this is a home.
Lastly, I created an event series on my platform called Lit Black Foodie! I highlight Black chefs and bakers in a showcasing competition where one lucky winner will receive a monetary grant of at least $1500. I’ve created a grant fund as well. I feel that I have a personal responsibility to uplift Black people in the food industry.
Patrice: When you are not doing business, writing, acting, etc., what do you enjoy doing the most to relax your mind? Any self-care tips you like to share with us?
Kay Elle: I love to take walks under the sun. That’s kind of hard in the Bronx, but I get it done. Lol. I enjoy listening to Anita Baker. When I’m stressed, her music immediately calms my spirit. I take long baths and pray in the tub. Connecting with God resets my energy. I also enjoy white wine! Not too much, a glass or two will do!
Patrice: Where do you see yourself in five years in this industry?
Kay Elle: God willing, I see myself married with children. I want to teach my children the art of the kitchen. I want to own a community kitchen where entrepreneurs can grow their businesses. Lastly, I would like to see my brand in stores with products that simplify an entrepreneurs experience.
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