Secret sauce of success! Vista chef bottles up new career path

Vista chef rebounds from pandemic setback with new line of vegan sauces and marinades

Like so many others, Ke’Anna Dodds found herself unemployed as a private chef when the pandemic hit.  But some quick thinking by the graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University of Culinary Arts soon focused on a solution—an original barbecue sauce she created when just 15 years old.

Now based in Vista, Dodds’ Rue Kitchen line of sauces has become an Internet sensation.  Her OG barbecue sauce that she stirred up years ago as part of a fundraising drive for her brother’s Pop Warner team became the bridge to a new career path.

Chef Dodds also continues to serve as a private chef and caterer who focuses on southern and Creole cuisine.  Listen in to her story we recently captured  in the culinary kitchen at her old stomping ground of Vista High School.

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