Photographer: Cliff Watts

                                                                                                           Photographer: Cliff Watts

Model by Day, Chef by Night

by Kirsten Stamn

Assistant Food EditorAll photos courtesy of Rōze Traore

    For eight hours every night, Rōze Traore is a line cook at the Mark—a NYC restaurant owned by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—and is surrounded by decadent French culinary staples like foie gras, black truffles, and Gruyère cheese. 

    VICE: How did you get into cooking?
    Rōze Traore: I got into cooking because everyone in my family loved to cook but nobody knew the basics, like, “Why does this happen when you mix this ingredient with that?” So I decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and attended for three years to get the whole culinary background started.

    Thanks for talking to me, Rōze.