We had the good fortune of connecting with Princess Wreh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Princess, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Liberia originally, came to the United States as a Refugee, fleeing civil war, on the United nations resettlement program. After high school in Texas, I joined the United States Air Force, served proudly, and upon my honorable discharge, I had all types of careers, until I discovered the culinary world. I wanted to represent my country of birth, and it’s cuisine. The resilience as a Refugee, prepared me for the instabilities, and uncertainties of the restaurant industry, through COVID-19, and the Texas snow storm, after our business flooded, just a year after it’s opening.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Chef, and I represent Liberian Cuisine, something that has never been done so broadly on this skill…I’m proud of the features in magazines and newspapers, about my skills as an ethnic Chef, but most of all, I’m proud of our resilience through the most difficult two years in the history of restaurants in the United States. I’ve learned not to give up on your dream, seems a bit cliche to say, but if you truly love something, believe in yourself, and stay the course. I want the world to know, from the continent of Africa, freed slaves from America, joined the natives of what is now know as Liberia, and created and amazing Cuisine. We’re the most overlooked on the continent, but with the most delicious dishes! Monrovia lounge wishes for everyone to come enjoy arts, history, and culture through food.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Monrovia Lounge, because there’s a journey through food, and afrobeats music…a place rich with culture, to learn, and understand who we are as individuals, and our connections through a simple meal…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ll like to thank my domestic partner, and Business partner, Femi Williams, Co-owner of Our restaurant Monrovia Lounge for believing in what most would consider a fickle dream, my 17 yr old daughter Rheanna Di’Yanne Brown, Sous Chef and aspiring pastry Chef for working with me in our kitchen, being my second hand in creating and perfecting our cuisine, my mother for constant motivation and guidance, my family, and my Liberian community in DFW for all of their outpouring of live and support.
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