A Love Affair With Food
A self-taught cook who was raised in Naples, Italy, Moore-Alston, has dabbled in many careers, but food has always been her passion. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of making family meals in the kitchen with her father, who passed away when she was young. After living in Atlanta, Japan and Los Angeles, Moore-Alston settled in Memphis to raise her daughter.
Tech Superstar Leads the Pack
The self-described "Chic Geek" is no stranger to competition. She served as team leader of Spelman's first SpelBots which successfully competed against 23 other academic institutions from around the world in Osaka, Japan, for RoboCup 2005. Moore-Alston, and five other Spelman women represented the College making it the only undergraduate institution, the only historically Black college or university, and the only all-women’s institution to qualify for the competition.
Moore-Alston, who speaks Japanese and Italian fluently, served as the team's "official Japanese language translator" while in Osaka. She also worked with her fellow teammates and SpelBots founder Andrew Williams, Ph.D., to write complex algorithms that allowed sophisticated Sony AIBO ERS-7 robot dogs to play soccer using fundamental motions like kicking, passing and blocking. She is currently an at-home adviser that provides technical support for Apple Inc.; serves as executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby
; and also hosted the show, "This House is Cooking!"
Spelman's Renaissance Woman
During her time at Spelman, Moore-Alston also participated in the dance program and spent a full year studying abroad in Japan. Alston's fascination with Italian and Asian cultures and their cuisine has been the best training for her. As a busy woman, juggling work responsibilities, her commitment to healthy eating and an involvement with the entertainment industry, she focuses on creating meals that are flavorful, easy to prepare, and ideal for sharing with family and friends.
Spelman, Show Your Support Moore-Alston's appearance on Food Network Star on Sunday, June 1,
will come naturally to her because she
has been cooking in front of a camera since she was a child. She says she would frequently set up her parents’ video camera in the kitchen and conduct her cooking shows. But that was just the beginning.