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Chef LaMara Davidson

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Southern roots with a heart full of Seoul.

The daughter of an African American serviceman and a Korean émigré mother, LaMara Davidson’s melding of soul and Korean food comes honestly — it’s what she grew up eating. One of LaMara’s earliest food memories is sitting on the kitchen floor in her family’s Quad Cities home peeling garlic as she watched her mother salt and wash Napa cabbage for kimchi. Growing up, she’d help her mother make mandu — Korean dumplings — and fondly remembers the sound and smell of kalbi sizzling on the grill. She learned traditional southern techniques simply by observing her paternal grandmother, a native Alabamian, who showed her how to make turnips and mustard greens. Her secret: keeping the leaves whole. “She swore they tasted better that way.” LaMara was able to delve into both cuisines more deeply after her family moved to Atlanta, where there was both a burgeoning Korean community and a large black middle class. The abundance of Asian flavors and Southern foods helped LaMara develop her palate for a future in food.

LaMara moved to New York in 1999 where she enrolled at The New School’s Culinary Arts training program after a stint managing talent at Sony Music. She leveraged the skills she learned at the New School to start her own catering business for connections in the music and entertainment industries, which included Chris Rock, Talib Kweli, and Citizen Cope, to name a few. Almost a decade later, she returned to Atlanta and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu, where she received a Les Dames Esco?er scholarship and graduated at the top of her class. Landing her first professional job at The Ritz Carlton Atlanta.

For the majority of her career, Davidson continued almost exclusively for the Marriott Corporation, working at prestigious properties including The Ritz Carlton Atlanta, JW Marriott Austin and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Texas. During her time as executive chef at the Gaylord Texan, LaMara was selected as one of twelve chefs nationally to be featured in Marriott International’s Diary of the Craft Artisan video series, an initiative highlighting Marriott’s food and beverage talent across the globe. LaMara traveled the U.S. as part of their International’s team of corporate chefs supporting all brands under their umbrella which included The Autograph Collection Lido House Newport Beach, The Westin Pittsburgh, and Sheraton San Diego.

In 2020 she left the corporate world and launched her product line Cornbread and Kimchi, creating special blends of flours, bread crumbs and seasonings showcasing her signature “Seoul food” style. A true love letter to her heritage and upbringing complete with merchandise swag.

Today Chef LaMara’s involvement in the industry moves beyond the line as well with appearances at Charleston Wine + Food, print and online features in People Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Food & Wine,, Hu?Post, Saveur and Essence to name a few. In February 2022, Davidson joined CookUnity the first ever chef collective where LaMara will debut her menu of inspiring dishes for meal deliveries in Atlanta and soon to be nationwide.

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Seoulfood Seasoning

Toasted sesame and chili Asian spice blend. Create a savory Korean style chicken, pork or tofu dish with the help of our Seoulfood seasoning, This is our all -purpose seasoning blend. Can truly be used on EVERYTHING to add some extra love! You can create a tasty salad or just use as a finishing touch for popcorn or sticky rice!

Contains sesame seeds

20 Chicken Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make, According to Chefs

By Lane Nieset, Food & Wine

“Fried chicken is the universal comfort food dish that people make all around the world. Whether you make Korean fried chicken…

Diary of the Craft


A flashback to my days as Executive Chef  at Marriott International! A video about my team and the process of crafting the perfect culinary experience.


Chefs Share the Best Food Dehydrators to Make Spice Rubs, Cocktail Garnishes, and More

By Alexandra Ilyashov,
Aug. 13, 2021 

For a space-strapped cook, it’s smart to choose a model with a modest countertop footprint that maximizes expandability through additional trays. LaMara Davidson, chef and founder of Cornbread + Kimchi in Dallas, recommends this “awesome” Nesco dehydrator that can be used with as few as five or as many as 12 trays at a time.

The Best Food Storage Containers Do So Much More Than Prevent Spills

By Alexandra Ilyashov,
Aug. 3, 2021 

“LaMara Davidson, chef and founder of Cornbread + Kimchi in Dallas, says she prefers vacuum sealed, airtight, or leakproof lids. “Why put fresh food in a container that will only go stale or bad because air or moisture seeped in?” she says.”

20 Chicken Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make, According to Chefs

By Lane Nieset, Food & Wine
June 10, 2021

“Fried chicken is the universal comfort food dish that people make all around the world. Whether you make Korean fried chicken, which is twice-fried with a rice flour (preferably) and usually tossed in a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce, or Southern fried, it’s one of those feel-good dishes that instantly takes you back to a fond food memory.” – LaMara Davidson, chef and founder of Cornbread + Kimchi