Meet The Chefs Cooking For Some Of Our Favorite Celebs Around ATL

By DeAnna Taylor


Meet two of Atlanta’s hottest celebrity chefs. Chef Phil is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and Chef Joe is originally from New York. Both currently reside in the Atlanta area where they cook for some of our favorite celebrities.

Chef Phil got his start in the culinary industry after looking for a new career path after a stint in the Army.  He left a job at the Postal Service and went to school at Le Cordon Bleu to learn techniques. It was there where he discovered cooking as a passion. After graduating, he began a mentorship with chef David Johnson. He later started a catering company with his dad and brother called Father and Son’s Catering, and the rest is history.

Chef Joe was in a transition stage in his career when he found food. He and a cousin started creating dishes that they would post on Instagram. Shortly after, people started to request that they cater small events. They started a catering company called Cooking Cousins. A year later, he became the executive chef at a restaurant in Manhattan.

Photo courtesy of Chef Joe and Chef Phil

We spoke with them via email about their experiences.

Travel Noire: Tell us some of the celebrities you all have had a chance to cook for.

Chef Joe and Phil: Diddy, T.I., Teyana Taylor, Evander Holyfield, The Braxtons, Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupree, Married To Medicine, Love and Hip Hop, Angela Simmons, and Cedric the Entertainer, just to name a few.

Photo courtesy of Chef Joe

TN: How long does it take to prepare for a celebrities request?

Chef Phil: These are normally last-minute calls so, it’s important to always be ready. From the time we get the call, we are thinking about menu options, grocery store runs and getting to the location to begin cooking. It’s like an episode of Master Chef LIVE.

Chef Joe: I would typically receive a call, and they want you to arrive sometime within the hour or 2 to begin preparing the food. I typically like to give myself a two-hour window from the moment I walk in the kitchen to serving the first course. That’s inclusive of set up, prep, cooking and then, of course, service.

Photo courtesy of Chef Joe


What was it like to do Diddy’s Super Bowl party recently?

Chef Joe: Man, I got the call Sunday morning while I was playing the piano at church. Bow Wow calls me the first time, and I can’t pick up because I’m playing. Then he calls me on FaceTime with Diddy. That’s when I knew it was real! It was crazy to think that I’m about to cook for Diddy and his guests for Super Bowl Sunday. Epic!

Chef Phil: Diddy’s Super Bowl party was surreal. It was crazy to be in the room with and preparing food for the people I’m normally watching on TV. The party was one of those situations where everything happened so fast that I didn’t get to think about it until the next day and I was like, that was CRAZY!

Photo courtesy of Chef Joe

TN: What are some unique or popular dishes that you’ve put together for your clients?

Chef Phil: One of my most requested dishes is my shrimp and grits. I had people that don’t eat or like grits tell me that they love my shrimp and grits.

Chef Joe: If I had to choose one I would say it is my famous smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese. They will tell you that I might even have their granny beat with my recipe.

Photo courtesy of Chef Joe


Related: 11 Private Chefs In The Northeast That You Should Know

TN: Where can our readers find you guys online?

Chef Joe: You can find me by email at Cateredbychefjoe@gmail.com or on Instagram: theofficialchefjoe.

Chef Phil: Your readers can contact me via my website at www.chefphill.com or IG at chefphil35.


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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

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