Meet Fernando Hicks, 40, of Winterville. Hicks has lived in Pitt County his entire life and has been cooking for almost all of that time.
Hicks learned to love cooking from his mother. The caterer also is the top food contributor for True Smoke, a Kinston-based food group. He believes that whether you are cooking for a mass gathering or more intimate occasions, food is all about love.
How did you get your start cooking? What made it something you enjoy doing and pursuing?
I got started cooking at a very young age, spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my mother. She was very instrumental in developing my culinary passion, getting me involved in everything from working in our own garden to harvesting fresh produce from the farmers and fields near our home.
We had a big family, nine members to be exact, so we always had