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Chef Madea
Washington | | Professional
Specialty Cuisines: African, American, Caribbean, Latin American, Soul Food/Southern (US)
Vetted Experiences: Private Chef, Personal Chef, Cooking Class, Corporate Event, Catering, Chef Consultancy

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How did you start your journey?

My palate was developed by both an African-American mother and Jamaican father who outdid each other in the kitchen. From a traditional Jamaican breakfast of ackee, salt fish and dumplings to a traditional southern dinner of BBQ chicken, oven-baked macaroni and cheese and collard greens, meal time was never boring in my house.

Where is your cuisine inspired from?

The first place I learned to cook was in the kitchen with my parents. My mother was an amazing cook and caterer who taught what is was to LOVE food. As a child I followed her around in the kitchen, watching her like a hawk and enjoying being her official taste tester. I always had a knack for knowing if something was missing from a dish or what slight improvement it needed to make if fabulous. In my mid-twenties, while in search of doing worked that brought me joy, I enrolled in culinary school at the encouragement of my brother who reminded me that we are from a family of cooks who love food, so why not go for it as a career. After completing my certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I enrolled at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, where I learned not only classical culinary skills but also the art and theory of health supportive cooking. Armed with training in holistic nutrition and health supportive culinary arts, I combined my loves for food and health and haven't looked back.

Work

Prep Cook | The Cleaver Company | 2006 - 2007
Full-service catering company and organic eatery. American fusion cuisine emphasizing local, seasonal and organic produce, meat, poultry and wild seafood. Answered directly to head chef. Prepped and produced event catering menus and daily eatery menus.

Chef/Owner | Organic Soul Chef, LLC | 2005 - Now
Provide personal chef, farm-to-table catering and health coaching services. Facilitate health and wellness workshops. Provide nutrition and culinary arts education consulting in public and private sectors, including health insurance companies, senior centers, wellness centers, community centers, community gardens, community supported agriculture sites, online, etc. Facilitate holistic culinary and nutrition workshops.

Training

Student | Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts | 2005 - 2006
Professional Chef's Training program studying culinary arts, holistic nutrition, health-supportive cuisine. Learned to cook for clients challenged with: allergies, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight loss.

Student | Institute for Integrative Nutrition | 2004 - 2005
Studied holistic nutrition, health counseling, over 100 dietary theories, eastern and western nutrition, modern health issues, personal growth and development.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Moderate - Full refund up to 1 week before the event, 50% refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees

What languages do you speak?

English, Spanish, Portuguese

How far can you travel?

25 kms

Foodie Jennifer | 4.8

This was a super easy experience. Chef Madea arrived and prepared dinner and cleaned up with zero supervision or input on the hosts part, which was awesome. I could focus ...

Foodie Leo | 4.8

I really enjoyed the dinner Madea prepared for a group of 6 at my home. Each course was well executed and served at the right times. I particularly enjoyed the ...

Foodie Tushar | 5.0

Loved the food! Delicious and filling - Madea did an amazing job with every course. Some of my favorites included the collard greens and the dessert which were fantastic!

Foodie Marc | 4.8

Chef Madea, did a great job with Dinner. She was professional and calm in the kitchen and her experience showed through. She was attentive to our party, and was a ...

Foodie Arathi | 5.0

Madea did a wonderful job with dinner! The food was excellent - very flavorful. All the dishes were delicious and I especially enjoyed the stew - such great flavors. Madea ...

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