Cheryl began her professional culinary training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where she received an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. The diversity of New York City also inspired her -- she worked alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse and assisted his culinary team on the cooking show "Emeril Live." She also worked as a chef and catering manager for a variety of New York cafés and as the Assistant Test Kitchen Director planning specialty menus for Woman’s World Magazine in New York City.
Upon returning to her native California, Cheryl worked as a Chef Instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts where she educated culinary students in the art of Le Cordon Bleu method of classical French cooking, kitchen sanitation and cooking methodology.
She also has extensive experience styling food on the sets of television's "Friends" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." Cheryl is the recipe developer, food stylist, photographer, food photo editor and chief dishwasher for her blog, Black Girl Chef's Whites, focusing on real food developed by a classically trained chef, that anyone can make.