Ashley Webb started Joys Cooking Classes and More, 3811 Kentucky 54, in November 2019, months before COVID-19 shut down everything.
But she survived the pandemic and the business continues to grow.
Now, Webb is branching out from cooking classes and adding another business — “Joy-Full Meal Prep” — to his offerings.
Katie “Chef Red” Wimsatt opened Gourmet Meals to Go in 2017 at 1230 Crabtree Ave.
But she recently became executive chef at the Owensboro Country Club and didn’t have time to continue Gourmet Meals to Go.
“She trained me,” Webb said, “and gave me her business. I changed the name, and it’s an addition to our business. Katie sometimes comes to help.
“We have different proteins and vegetables. We have keto-friendly and gluten-free meals. We cater to different allergies and customize meals.
“We have a weekly menu that changes,” Webb said. “We offer a variety of healthy and less healthy choices.”
The menu includes things like the Juicy Lucy (burger) with two sides for $12.72, a taco salad for $10.60, and a low carb Buffalo chicken wrap for $6.36.
Webb said, “People can pick up their orders on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We text them when their meal is ready.”
Many people buy meals for an entire week, she says.
“It’s microwave-ready,” Webb said. “It’s good for five days if it’s refrigerated or can be frozen. We also offer take-out and cook-in meals.
She has cooking classes almost every day of the week, especially in the evenings.
There are courses for children, courses for teenagers, courses for adults, private events for families and friends and team building events for companies.
So how does she have time for Joy-Full Meal Prep?
“My mom and my brother work with me,” Webb said.
She said, “I started cooking when I was 5 or 6 years old. My grandmother gave me free rein in the kitchen.”