Judy Etheredge, better known as Chef J, has been creating healthy meals for Columbians for the past 6 years. In the last year, she expanded her business, Celeb Studio, from being a cooking class studio and catering business to a full-scale cafe.
Before the pandemic, Etheredge taught healthy cooking classes at local schools and led cooking camps at her studio. For the last four years, she’s also been part of a group of Black, female farmers called FarmaSis at the Clemson Road Extension in Columbia.
“People say ‘you do a lot’ and I say it’s because I love people, it’s not work anymore – it’s all fun,” Etheredge said.
A passion for health and wellness inspired Etheredge to become a chef in 2015 after years of being a personal fitness trainer. She attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City to get certified in health foods cooking. Her