Get to know me better
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.
For me, cooking is...
My way to express myself and my love for food as well as the person enjoying the experience of my food.
I learned to cook at...
From my family and Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
A role model in the kitchen is...
Tiffany Derry, Carla Hall and Tobias Dorzon are definitely my culinary role models in the kitchen
A cooking secret...
Using herbs and flavor profiles that people aren’t used to, in order for people to expand their palates
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
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!
A longer stay in Dallas? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Derricka's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Derricka's reviews
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
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
Cheff Derrika was amazing, professional and very friendly. A wonderful overall experience and delicious dinner
Natasha Singh - Aug 29 2022
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
Book your experience with Chef Derricka
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