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CHEF MEGAN ALIG

Upon arriving to Creative Cuisine (Megan’s catering offices) I knocked on the door and the door was opened, so, I easily entered. Immediately, I said–hello and I heard a voice say–we’re back here. So, I proceeded to walk thru the space. Yet, I could not help but notice. . . walls of shelving from the floors to the ceiling stacked with dishes, glasses, serving trays of all sizes and preparing tables and so much more. What a bustling environment.  As I proceeded back to the kitchen area; I noticed staffers in concert with each other and Megan in the midst; orchestrating it all in concert. They were currently prepping for a big catering gig the next day. But, what caught my immediate attention… was the largest stove I have ever seen in my life. #whoa  Seeing them meticulously prepare food platters was amazing; the trays were so beautiful and filled with such wonderful fresh meats, peppers, etc. and accented with fresh flowers.  The presentation was magnificent. Megan was a real firecracker; so full of life and excitement for her craft; just by listening to her you get a real sense of her love for cooking by becoming an intricate part of her clients events. She’s really cool to chat with.

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QUESTIONS: 

 

Q. What inspired you or led you to your current career?

A.  I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 16 years old and I moved here about 11 years ago. After my oldest daughter passed away; we decided to relocate and try something different. Then, I got divorced and decided to go to culinary school.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Augusta, and what do you love there?

A.  Philly CheeseSteak Factory on Peach Orchard Rd.

Q. How long have you lived or worked in Augusta?

A.  11 years.

Q. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Augusta? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Augusta? 

A.  The most interesting person I would say is:  Victoria Wilson. We’ve been friends for five years and she’s just an interesting character.  She’s a really neat person.

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?

A.  I would go to Ireland, because my family’s Irish and to see where, we came from. Plus, I would eat and drink my way through Ireland pretty much. That’s about it. Maybe more drinking than eating.  *laughs.

Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?

A.  The Last of the Mohicans is my favorite movie; it’s really a great little story.  Mad Max was the very first movie I saw in a theatre. My aunt took me to see it and got into big trouble for taking us. We were, I think eight.

Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?

A.  I would say, that depending on how hard you want something, anything’s achievable. But, you have to want to work for it. If you are not willing to put in the time and the effort, then there’s no point. But if you work for it, you can attain it.

Q. What is something on your bucket list?

A. There is ride at Myrtle Beach where they put you in it and they shoot you up into the air. I’m dying to do it; because I’m terrified of heights.  Oh, another thing: if I ever got the opportunity to get into a cage with a great white, I would totally get in the cage in a heartbeat. I love sharks.  I would totally do it.

Q. What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?

A. I like dance music and hip hop. Three bands. Oh, that’s a tough one. I would like to see Elton John, Tina Turner and Phil Collins.  It’s like all 80’s stuff.  That’s what I grew up with.

Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Augusta?

A.  Humanitree House.  I love me some Denise, the owner. Oh my God!  She makes me super happy.  She’s bringing food back to where I believe, that it should have originated from in the first place. She’s really doing the Vegan thing and she’s doing it the right way and that makes me super happy.  Everyone needs to try the avocado sandwich.

Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Augusta would you have lunch?

A. Lisa Nichols.  I really like her, because she has struggled with a lot of things and I can relate to her a lot.  I would just love to sit and just pick her brain. Why? Because I feel like the things that I’ve gone through, like with my daughter passing away and just when you go through horrible traumatic experiences, how you come back from it says a lot about who you are.  So,  it would be interesting to see where she says her turning point was. Where would you take her for lunch?  I would bring her here, I would cook for her. I would take her to my house and cook her an amazing meal.

Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Augusta?

A.  The diversity. In comparison to where I come from; the diversity here is welcomed.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A.  Retired.

Q. (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A. I’m actually a very fearful person. Here we interjected; because, when I look around Megan’s offices. . .I do not see fear.  We noticed a tattoo on Megan’s forearm–FEARLESS.  So, she further elaborated.  The tattoo was her deceased daughter’s favorite word. So I have a lot going on; but, I don’t even look at my successes that way.  I’m still at the beginning, so I try to keep my ego in check. I think it’s really important, but my family would be like, ah, she’s doing all this cool stuff. So, in-spite of success; I am still terrified.  We think, Megan if #powerful.

Q. Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in?

A.  It was lower to middle class and it was bad. It didn’t get to the middle class until we went to high school. Yes. There’s a lower class.  We didn’t have a pot to piss in. My Dad was in college and law school when I was born and my mom didn’t work, so they didn’t have nothing.

Q. What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?

A. 1) Kentucky  2) Family  and 3) Comfortable

Q. If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?

A.  Jason Momoa

Q. If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?  {Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny} WHY?

A. A physical fitness trainer

Q. If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?

A. My deceased daughter: Amanda is her name.

Q. Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

A.  Evelyn.  She taught me that just because I was a woman it didn’t mean I deserved any less than a man. That is what she taught me and she was a real firecracker. She was a neat lady; just amazing.

 

OUR FINAL QUESTION

 

Q. IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. Just because someone tells you you cannot do it–doesn’t mean that you can’t.  Another thing that is detrimental to people is to never have expectations of others.  I’ve just learned not to do it.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Chef Megan we caught you on a busy day. You made my experience easy and comfortable.  To new beginnings.  Friends for Life.

~micki

 

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