As a food icon and a celebrity influencer, Ayesha Curry has definitely left an impact on the culinary world. As per Hollywood Life, Curry is able to tackle several roles with panache: She’s a model, a chef, an actress, and more. The enterprising Curry was born in Toronto, Ontario, and her family moved to North Carolina. when she was 14 years old. Curry was fascinated by food as a youth and would often observe whatever was happening in the kitchen, eager to learn.
Additionally, Curry’s mother was an entrepreneur who had a salon of her own. She would ask her daughter to serve her customers freshly prepared Trinidadian curry with bread. As per Biography, Curry also sought inspiration from her multi-cultural neighborhood and was exposed to different kinds of cuisine such as Indian, Ethiopian, Greek, and Chinese dishes. As Curry told InStyle, "Any block you go on, there’s different types of food and people."
These early sources of inspiration definitely left an impact on Curry, who would eventually grow up to embrace food in many ways.
Curry initially wanted to be an actor
As noted by Biography, a young but determined Curry decided to chase an acting career right after she finished high school. As per BuzzFeed, Curry was so intent on being an actress that she even shifted her base to Los Angeles when she was 18 years old. While in Southern California, Curry snagged minor roles on television and appeared on shows like "Hannah Montana" and "Good Luck Charlie." Her IMDb page lists several additional acting credits.
Curry was also the central character in a 2008 show called "Whittaker Bay," a fictional drama that delved into the lives of four families in North Carolina. However, as per Hollywood Life, Curry made the decision to give up on her acting career after a few years — though she made a comeback later on the show "Ballers." Curry eventually, of course, embraced a different path, cooking her way to widespread fame and recognition.
Curry met her husband when she was 14 years old
Ayesha’s love story with her husband, basketball legend Stephen Curry, is an interesting one. According to Biography, the pair first got to know each other when they were still in high school. However, things didn’t really move along until they met again years later, when Stephen was in Los Angeles for an awards show. Sparks began to fly and the two started dating.
As per ABC News, Ayesha was clueless about basketball when she started going out with Stephen, who at the time was studying at Davidson’s College in North Carolina. In fact, she attended her first basketball game when she was 19 years old. Meanwhile, the couple’s relationship blossomed and they tied the knot in 2011. They now have three kids together.
Stephen said that he is incredibly grateful to have a supportive wife. "I am blessed with a wife that’s willing to travel with me," he explained. "I don’t know what I’d do if she wasn’t able to be there with me to go to different events." For Ayesha, Stephen has been a great source of support for her throughout their relationship, too. "Steph is the most hands-on father," she gushed. "He manages his life and his day with so much humility, I’m just lucky to have him as my husband."
Curry started her professional food journey in 2014
According to a piece from Oprah Daily, Curry decided to start her own blog called "Little Lights of Mine" in 2014. It was a simple but heartwarming concept: Curry would work on recipes for her family and friends and post them online. The best part? They were easy to replicate and accessible to home chefs everywhere. Before she knew it, Curry got noticed for her work. That same year, she even a created a YouTube channel that gained popularity as time went by.
This wasn’t an easy thing for Curry, though; she said that she was afraid when she embarked on her blogging journey, but her husband motivated her to stick to her plan. "I didn’t know what the future would hold and was really just going with the flow and kind of doing what felt right and what I felt passionate about," she explained. She added that her fans kept her going and made her feel that she was on the right track.
That validation was helpful for Curry in more ways than one. She felt like food could be a full-time career option if she worked hard, something that was a revelation for the talented chef.
Curry became a Food Network star
Once Curry was convinced that she was indeed doing the right thing, there was no stopping her. She gained a massive fan following as she continued sharing her insights on cooking (via Oprah Daily). Curry even wrote a cookbook titled "The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well" in 2016. This was a significant year for Curry because she received an offer from the Food Network that she simply couldn’t refuse: a chance to host her own TV show, "Ayesha’s Home Kitchen."
Curry also worked with a company called "Homemade" that was marketed as a service that sold meal kits, as well as kitchen accessories, cookware, and more. Plus, she founded a barbecue restaurant called International Smoke. Phew! Curry told Refinery29 about her vision for the former. "Homemade started as solely a meal kit service, and then I launched my cookware and bedding lines all under my name," she revealed. She added that she then realized that she could make her brand easily accessible to customers who were looking for several things in one place.
That’s not all: as per InStyle, Curry also worked on several other projects at the same time. One of the important things to note, of course, is that Curry remained passionate about it all. "I love making people happy with the food that I make, or the recipes that I develop, or the products that I put out into the world," she shared.
Curry is realistic and pragmatic, even after the fame
For Curry, it’s important to be real and pragmatic, so she doesn’t shy away from having difficult conversations when necessary. For example, she told Oprah Daily that she’s had to deal with people making many assumptions about her life and work. "I’ve had to break down so many barriers and walls and assumptions about the type of person that I was before I even walked into a room," she revealed. "Part of the dream and the hustle is plowing through the no’s to get to the yes’s."
Also, when Curry was asked how she manages to make time for everything in her life, she admitted to Refinery29 that it isn’t easy. She said that a balance simply doesn’t really exist, realistically speaking, and it’s simply about being able to acknowledge the highs and lows. Curry also didn’t hesitate to mention that she has her family looking out for her and taking care of her kids when she had to deal with work commitments. "I feel like as a woman it took me a long time to realize that it’s okay to have a village, and that everybody needs a village," she confessed.