11 Black Private Chefs From The Deep South

By Chef Amanda Jackson


The world of private chefs is tough, competitive, and constantly evolving. Black chefs are dramatically underrepresented in management and executive chef positions. As private chefs, the men and women on this list are executive chefs as well as entrepreneurs in an industry that is not at all welcoming or inclusive.  In order for black private chefs to succeed and thrive, we must celebrate and support them.


We’re on a mission to find the best of the best of black private chefs around the country, starting with the Deep South. These chefs are not only trained, but they are also culturally aware of food genres throughout the African Diaspora. The next time you’re in one of these cities, book a chef that understands your palette and also has the ability to execute amazing experiences for you and your guests.


Richard Ingraham

Miami, FL

@chefrli | Instagram


As the private chef for Dwayne Wade, Chef RLI and his team service a bevy of clients and personalities in sports and entertainment. This chef sets himself apart with his mastery of blending flavor and nutrition into beautiful and accessible dishes. Team RLI is available for private chef services, intimate dining, catering, and cooking classes.


Charayne Stubbs

Miami, FL

©Chef Charayne Stubbs


Chef Rayne, as she is affectionately known by her clients, travels the seven seas with many of clients. This yacht chef provides exceptional full services for short-term and long-term travel engagements including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and intimate events on-board. The multi-cuisine chef is available for booking out of Port Miami.



Ta-Tanisha Snead

Atlanta, GA

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Chef Ta-Ta, better known by her moniker “The Dopest Chef,” fuses the cuisines of New Orleans and the South with modernist technique and expert plating. Her ability to tempt the taste buds and heal the body make her a great fit for those looking for an amazing experience they won’t regret. Chef Ta-Ta is available for cooking classes, pop-up tastings, corporate events, and weekly meal prep.  



Jourdan Cha‘Taun

Atlanta, GA

©Chef Jourdan Cha’Taun


Specializing in “Food Rehabilitation,” Chef Jourdan has been the secret health weapon behind clients like Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and Tyler Perry. Healing her clients from the inside-out, this chef’s knowledge of clean eating, juicing, and raw foods is unmatched.  Chef Jourdan is available in-home personal chef services that will rehabilitate, revitalize, and rejuvenate.



Gabrielle McBay

Dallas, TX

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Specializing in both culinary and pastry arts, this multi-talented Dallas native is a favorite on YouTube for sharing recipes, travel stories, and her culinary exploits. Chef Gabrielle’s eye for design makes her the perfect chef for turning any meal into a true and extraordinary experience. Book this multifaceted chef for special events ranging from a dinner for 10 to a wedding for 250 of your most cherished guests.


India Johnson

Atlanta, GA

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A pure creative, Chef India’s brand of designer culinary services are marked by her ability to merge classic, seasonal ingredients with culturally exotic twists. By making food accessible and new experiences approachable, Chef India’s services are designed with her clients in mind. Book with Chef India for designer pop-up events and B2B campaigns as well as personal chef services.


Razia Sabour

Atlanta, GA

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Lovingly known to her clients as Chef Raz, this Southern belle possesses “grandma’s hands” in the kitchen. Her unique modernization of Southern and Soul food is oh so representative of the “New Atlanta.” Book Chef Raz and the Fuller Food team for private chef services, catering, and cooking demonstrations.


Kevin Johnson

Dallas – Fort Worth – McKinney, TX

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A self-taught veteran, Chef Kevin’s culinary style is heavily influenced by his international travels. His abilities in both culinary and pastry arts are heightened by his experience in design. Known for his use of colorful and seasonal ingredients, Chef Kevin sought after for personal chef services, weddings, and special events.


Calvin Smith

Miami, FL

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Voted the #1 personal chef in Miami, Chef Cal is known for bringing his unique brand of culinary fun to each and every event he’s apart of. Doubling as both culinarian and alchemist, his food is outrageously flavorful and extraordinarily designed. Reserve Chef Cal for special events, catering, and yacht parties as well as for personal chef services. His one-of-a-kind “Gold Card” is only for those in the know!



New Orleans, LA

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One of the patron food saints of New Orleans, Chef Gason is a two-time James Beard scholar. Known for his attention to detail and delicious flavor combinations, no experience in “The Big Easy” is complete without one of his signature dishes. Get penciled in for personal chef services, catering, cooking demonstrations, and events.


Otis Dickerson

Baton Rouge – New Orleans, LA

©Chef Otis Dickerson


A short drive over Lake Pontchartrain, you’ll find and experience the illustrious Chef O. Native to the area, his culinary style is refined, high-end, and overflowing with flavors from the bayou.  Book Chef O, for personal chef services, special events, and catering.




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