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Chef Nekisha empowers people through positivity, love and GREAT FOOD! She is also the daughter of Jamaican parents who provided her with a deep cultural heritage and vibrant island traditions that inspired the creation of her debut cookbook, From My Mudda’s Kitchen ~ A Jamaican Cookbook.
Nekisha is passionate about preserving her authentic Jamaican heritage through the rich tastes and flavors of Jamaica, a legacy she hopes to pass on to her own children. Chef Nekisha is also a featured Chef on Good Morning Washington and has appeared on Great Day Washington where she shares her love for family, food and FUN! Nekisha has a passion for planning and coordinating corporate and social engagements which led her to start her own event planning company in 2008. In January 2020 Chef Nekisha took a huge leap of faith and launched into full time ministry and entrepreneurship to include rebranding her business to Royal Ackee LLC, A Jamaican Catering Company that creates Food That Inspires!
Prior to owning her own company, Nekisha was an active member of the United States Air Force. Following her military service, she worked as an Executive Assistant for the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, and as a Special Assistant with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Her career with the Air Force also afforded her the opportunity to experience the unique cultures of Japan, Uzbekistan, and Turkey. Nekisha serves as Worship Presider of the 4th Friday Worship Service at Central Union Mission in Washington, DC where she and her family enjoys volunteering. Nekisha resides in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area with her three beautiful children.