Kickstarting a Career in the Kitchen with a Little Bit of Spice

Featured in Memphis Health + Fitness Magazine

As a new college graduate entering the workforce during a global pandemic, 23-year-old Emilee Hudsmith, is taking it in stride. She spent four years on the cross country and track team at the University of North Alabama and graduated in May 2020 with a degree in therapeutic nutrition.

Saddled with uncertainty, she decided to take her future into her own hands. “During quarantine, I was like, ‘Why don’t I just create my own job?’” she says. Now she’s blending her passion for exercise with her knowledge of food to help people live healthier lives through an app she created called Take Off. It took months and a lot of trial and error, but she saw it through.

“I’ve always had an eye for nutrition,” she says. “What you put in your body fuels you and gets you throughout the day and through a workout. My app has a lot of my recipes, and I love it because it’s led me to where I am now.”

Emilee’s app has opened many doors. She now works full time in medical device sales. Late last year, a family friend approached her about launching her own spice line. She now has a variety of blends for steak, chicken, fish, and everything else. Take Off For Good Seasonings is already looking to expand its offerings.

“We are actually about to come out with a taco seasoning, a tequila lime, and a salt-pepper-garlic,” she says.

With a mobile app, a spice line, and a full-time job, you’ll be surprised to hear that she is also doing weekly meal prep for others and planning a wedding with her fiancé, Ryan. When it comes to staying healthy and keeping her energy up for everything she does each day, she says it all starts in the kitchen.

“Make your body a priority and fuel it with healthy things that are going to get you through the day. I’ve never really followed a diet, I’ve just kept healthy options in the house. I’m fascinated by making recipes that taste the exact same but use healthy ingredients,” she says. “I know I don’t know everything there is to know about nutrition, but I love learning.”

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