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Chef Derricka Clayton

Private Chef In Dallas

4.8/ 5
Chef Derricka Clayton

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Expressive Culinary Artist who puts a Modern Spin on Classic Cuisine

I used cooking as a form of expression and continued to study and perfect my craft. For years I wouldn't cook for people as I was too shy, but as I continued to acquire more friends and co-workers, cooking for them was my way of showing love.​

In January 2019, I experienced tragedy where my ex-husband/co-parent of my autistic daughter passed away unexpectedly. Then 2 weeks after that, I lost my job. I was in the darkest mental space in my life, just very depressed, not sure what was in store for my new normal. I prayed over my entire situation and asked God for guidance. Shortly thereafter, I have stepped out on faith to share my passion, "My vision of food..." with fellow food lovers who enjoy quality "dope" mealz​.

I wanted to learn as much about my craft as possible and be a subject matter expert of my passion, so I enrolled myself at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in April 2019 and obtained my culinary degree trained in all Cooking & Baking Techniques specializing in Unique Plating, World Cuisines, Farm to Table and completed an extensive Externship which included hands on fine dining and wedding catering experience. I proudly graduated with High Honors at the top of my class in June 2o2o. 

Since then, I have been under the mentorship of Chef Kevin Johnson, Dallas Top Black Wedding & Events Chef/Caterer to become his protegé and our very own Top Chef All Star, Master Chef Tiffany Derry to help guide me into creating my own culinary lane. 

I now specialize in Private Dining Experiences, Spectacular Catering Services, Convenient In-Home Personal Chef Services and Traveling Chef Services to accomodate the needs of all my clientele. I continue to share my culinary knowledge and experiences with up and coming chefs, while placing my unique thumbprint in the industry.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Dallas.


I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Dallas. You name it!

Full-time Chef

A longer stay in Dallas? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!

Chef Derricka's reviews

4.8/ 5

Chef Derricka was amazing and so was her food! It was sophisticated while still retaining an element of comfort food. The portions were large and all of us were stuffed by the end of the evening. I can't recommend her enough and will absolutely have her cook again for us in the future!

Scott Albright - Nov 29 2022

4.7/ 5

Derricka was absolutely incredible! She made our event extra special. Her twist on classics was a bonus. She has a great personality and joyful countenance. You can tell she loves what she does. Her food was delicious and presentation was beautiful. We will use her again!

Jill Graves - Sep 12 2022

5/ 5

Cheff Derrika was amazing, professional and very friendly. A wonderful overall experience and delicious dinner

Natasha Singh - Aug 29 2022

5/ 5

Chef Derricka did a great job. Very personable and provided great food with a memorable experience. We will definitely use her again.

Sara Thomas - May 23 2022

4.7/ 5

Book your experience with Chef Derricka

Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.