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My name is Marian a Ghanaian-American, the founder and owner of Taste N See the Difference, LLC. I live in a small town outside of Columbus, Ohio.
I graduated from college with degrees in International Business & Business Administration and spent over 18 years successfully working for one of the largest and most prominent financial firms in America in various leadership roles. Although I was thriving in my career, I had this nagging feeling something was missing. So in 2008 after acquiring my MBA, I began brainstorming which industries I could best utilize my skills and experience. My initial thought was to start an event planning and decorating business since I have a background in decorating as well as planning parties. I successfully planned and executed my mother’s 70th birthday party for 165 guests and several years later planned and successfully hosted an 80th birthday party for my dad with more than 100 guests.
In 2014, while visiting my cousin Yaa Amponsah in Scotland, the topic of me starting an Event Planning and Decorating business came up and her response was why party planning? “You already have a talent making hot sauce, everyone keeps asking for it, why not turn it into a business?” At that moment the light bulb went off. She was right, I already had a gift, family members as well as friends will always ask for the sauce which eventually became the staple at family events and other special occasions.
I grew up surrounded by great cooks, bakers and caterers. My maternal grandmother was a great cook and my mom, aunts, sisters and brother are all gifted in the kitchen- YES I inherited the “baking and cooking gene” as well. However, the idea of pursuing cooking and catering as a career or a business never occurred to me until my cousin directed me towards it.
In October of 2015, I created Taste N See the Difference to share some of my culinary specialties as well as offer people a tastier and healthier version of the traditional Ghanaian Shito.