Hanuel Stories: Rosie Nguyen & Deadly Delicious

Hanuel Stories: Rosie Nguyen & Deadly Delicious

“I’ll have breakfast for you!” I read Rosie’s email and did a little happy-dance on my way to our morning shoot. She whipped up the tastiest sweet potato stuffing hash on the stove, topped with three sunny-side-ups. Being a “just-throw-something-quick-in-the-microwave” kind of girl, I was pretty impressed.

I had stumbled upon Rosie’s @DeadlyDelicious instagram a few months ago and drooled over all the macarons. Her story was a fun one as I scrolled through her feeds. Through my stalking prowess, I found her food blog, Rosie Eats, complete with recipes & how-to videos. A nurse by day (& night) and all-around awesome & sweet, she had started an online bake shop with her sister. Deadly Delicious: “Sisters bringing you only the deadliest desserts!” This girl was rockin’ it.

As I got to know Rosie over emails & coffee, I can tell you that our morning describes her perfectly. Despite her crazy schedule, she carefully prepared a thoughtful, delicious & creative meal that filled my stomach with goodness. I hope you love getting to know Rosie as much as I do.

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Your blog “Rosie Eats” is awesome. Why do you personally feel drawn to the love of cooking?

“Eating is a necessity, cooking is an art.”

I have always been quite the artist. I needed to be the creator of things, even as a child, I drew, painted, danced and even set up a storefront in my room of everything I made and coerced my family and friends to buy my creations- I just had this innate need to make things. Cooking became another avenue that I could express my imagination. I cooked almost everyday alongside my mother and it wasn’t until I moved to DC that I could unleash that creative beast in me and cook whatever my heart desired. I literally exploded in the kitchen and I knew that this magic I possessed to transform food into something spectacular was special- something extraordinary.

I have put serious thought into becoming a fashion designer, modern/hip hop dancer and now cooking. Why do I think cooking is the best form of art? Because after the creation process, you reap what you sow – a fantastic meal that has the ability to transport you momentarily to heaven. Cooking was my first true love, baking actually started not too long ago. I was chosen to partake in a popular cooking competition that would test all skills of food – cooking and baking. I started baking to practice and gain more experience and I accidentally fell in love. When I came back from the competition, I picked up right where I left off and started Deadly Delicious, a dessert catering project, with my sister. Within two weeks from announcing I would take orders, I sold over 1,000 macarons out of my tiny apartment kitchen while maintain my job as a pediatric nurse and the rest is history.

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You could easily keep all your cooking secrets to yourself. Why do you want to share them with others?

Of course I could keep my cooking secrets to myself (I have a lot of secrets), but what fun would that be to be lonely and full of awesome secrets/recipes. My life revolves around sharing – its the only way that mankind can thrive. Whatever my purpose in life is (that I’m still working on), I know I want to leave imprints on the lives of everyone I encounter and that involves sharing information that I believe to be beneficial or that just peaks in interests in people. With social media and blogging at my finger tips and so readily available, it was a no-brainer to start rosieeats.com and a youtube channel. I have even started successful private cooking lessons for those who fully want to immerse themselves under my guidance- so much fun these are. I would share more if I could. My balancing act of blogging, youtubing, cooking, baking, maintaining my nurse job and traveling all over the place has kept my hands a bit full, but I’m thoroughly enjoying every minute of the ride.

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What are some discoveries you’ve made or lessons learned through cooking & baking?

The most profound discovery that I have made through cooking and baking is that this is something I want to devote my life. Nothing brings me more pride and joy than to feed people. Food has the capability to not only bring people together, but keep people together. I joke around that since I have moved to DC 4.5 years ago, cooking was the best method to make and keep friends (its pretty true though). Word of advice to people who have a hard time meeting new people, if you tell them you are a beast in the kitchen and want to feed them… you’ll have so many friends, you wouldn’t be able to count how many (lol).

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What are some of the challenges you face as a chef, creative and business owner? What are your hopes for yourself as a growing creative?

One of my biggest challenges is that I am one little girl who wants to conquer it all, but I can’t and I have to remind myself to take it one step at a time. Not only do I want to expand my baking business and have an official storefront, but I also want my own cooking show and a restaurant. I have so much more to offer than just desserts and I want to share RosieEats with the world. On top of that, another daydream goal of mine is to involve myself and my work into charity. I want to start doing pop-ups at food banks because I believe the less fortunate deserve to indulge in amazing meals sometimes. With all of these goals swimming in my head, I really need to focus on one at a time and go from there. My hopes, goals and dreams are big, but always achievable.

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Rosie, thank you for sharing your morning with us & spoiling us with such good food. We’re so excited to see Rosie Eats & Deadly Delicious grow & do amazing things! 

Follow Rosie on Instagram at @RosieEats & @DeadlyDelicious |  RosieEats.com |  DeadlyDelicious.co

Last but not least, learn how to make Pho Banh Mi & Beef Pho with Rosie :)