Chef Benjamin Secor
Chef Jerk Muva
Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Ashley Morgan, better known as Jerk Muva, was born to a Jamaican mother and African-American father. Ashley was introduced to two distinct cultures from an early age, and there she developed an appreciation for the nuances that made each culture unique and special in its own way. Her curious nature and love of experimentation led her to the kitchen. She enjoyed watching her mother pour her heart into a delicious meal for the family, while also receiving a front-row seat to the more professional side of cooking through her father’s catering business. Ashley soon developed a love for cooking herself and learned very early on, the power that food has to bring people together and create a shared experience of joy.
In 2015 Ashley’s career as a travel nurse took her across the country to sunny California. Her life in California started off in Santa Barbara and eventually she settled in Los Angeles. On a personal journey and far from home, Ashley was inspired to pursue her creative passion and find ways to bring people together through great food with a touch of love. This desire was the catalyst for the creation of Jerk Muva’s Creations. A company born to feed the mind, body and soul. The Jerk is representative of Ashley’s Jamaican upbringing and love for that culture, while Muva represents her desire to empower women. Being a product of two cultural backgrounds, naturally, Ashley adopted a fusion style that has led her to develop delicious and unique staple dishes such as her“Jerk Chicken Egg Rolls” and “Oxtail Grilled-Cheese Sandwich”.
To this day, she continues to push the envelope with her dishes while maintaining the fundamental culinary principles she learned in her formal training as a Chef, from the New School of Cooking school. So whether it’s at one of her pop-up events on Sundays or if you book her for catering or private chef engagement, you will feel the essence of Jerk Muva in everything this fearless Chef has to offer the world.
Chef Markell Bio
Talented Chef Markell presents his author's project “Private Chef and Catering Service”. More than 10 years of experience in various gastronomic projects and restaurants. Worked with Italian, French, Spanish, Mediterranean, American, Mexican, Slavic and other cuisines. Markell shaped his style by learning from the best of Chefs who have dedicated their lives to a great cause. Patience, diligence and love for work, these are the qualities that characterize the Chef. Continuing to collaborate with major projects, Universal Studios, Casino Chains, Wolfgang Puck and others, Markell and his team continue to feed and delight gastronomy lovers in and around Los Angeles. High quality service and incredible taste - this is what you are guaranteed!
Chef Grace Buschke
Chef Grace is a “community-taught” pop up fanatic. The diverse kitchens, fresh menus and dynamic teams are reminiscent of the family style cooking that influences her Island/fusion cuisine. After spending a year learning the art of butchery from the master butchers at McCall’s Meat & Fish, she ventured into cooking privately, and later - publicly! She has worked with local stars the likes of Pyet DeSpain, Nyesha Arrington, Rashida Holmes (to name a few), and had a stint as the interim head chef for a new Los Feliz restaurant. She is making her independent debut as the headlining chef for the DTLA dinner club’s season finale!
Chef Miles Robins
Chef Raina Pore
Raina Poré of Detroit, MI, is currently based in Los Angeles and has been servicing the greater Los Angeles area through her company, Poré Private Chefs LLC, for the last 6 years. She got her start working in the entertainment Industry as an Artist and Songwriter, which is how she built her network of clients. Raina is known for her quick-witted personality , attention to detail, and her ability to work well under pressure, all while creating mouthwatering dishes with a Southern-Style approach.
As a self- taught Chef, Raina takes pride in facing challenges head on, being committed to her craft and constantly learning new techniques. Her love for creating & experimenting with flavors has led to her new sought-after business venture, an all-purpose seasoning blend, called TASTE.
Growing up, Chef Raina spent a lot of time in the kitchen, helping her grandparents and working in their family restaurant to gain knowledge and experience. While she loves to host & bring people together for a great time, cooking has always been second nature to her. Most of Raina’s best dishes are attached to her favorite childhood memories & some stemming from her experiences while traveling the US, in pursuit of other creative endeavors, Chef Raina is always eager to expand her pallet. She believes each plate is a canvas and gives the opportunity to pair art with her food. Her passion and dedication has led to her cooking for young music industry professionals and well-known industry vets. Raina has truly created a lane for herself as a superstar Chef. She is currently writing her first CookBook, which will be available in the near future.
Chef Sara Frost
Chef Sara Frost is the founder and head-chef of ‘Spooning With Sara’. Growing up in a family full of food lovers, packed kitchens and tons of fun parties, Sara has always had a knack for gathering friends and family together around food and fun. It was her instinctual love for bringing people together that led her in 2018 to launch, ‘Spooning With Sara’ into the full-service event making business that it is today.
Spooning With Sara’ has since grown to include weekly meal-delivery services (for 17+ weekly clients), ticketed pop-up dinner series, full-scale event catering/production, recipe development, brand partnerships, private-chef work and event planning. She has also worked internationally, but is currently based in Los Angeles and works in LA and NY.
Chef Benjamin Secor
Chef Pyet DeSpain
Pyet DeSpain is a Native American and Mexican American award winning social media and traveling private chef. She is the first winner of Gordon Ramsay's new groundbreaking TV show, Next Level Chef on Fox. In 2021, Pyet was named seventh best private chef in Los Angeles by Entrepreneur Magazine. Her life's work is dedicated to creating Indigenous Fusion Cuisine where she combines the food of heritage - both Native American and Mexican American. Pyet's passion is to uplift indigenous culture and traditions via storytelling, traveling and cooking from the soul. Check out her website - pyetsplate.com
Chef Dean Patrick Ramirez
Chef/Co-Owner of The Lone Crow (moto-food-story) and Chef and Curator of Birdhaus Beer Garden, both located in Union City Ca in the Bay Area. Passionate about his own Filipino culture and learning the dishes behind them, Dean creates gourmet street food and brings the feeling of home to each dish. Island inspired cuisine is what Dean brings to the table using both modern and traditional techniques to his dishes. It's all about community, “I work closely with the Union City farmers market and utilize all local farmers for our restaurant.” Bringing collaborations to a small city he grew up in, while bringing new life into the city.
Putting a twist on traditional dishes is what Dean and The Lone Crow is about - Riding choppers, making badass dishes and sharing a story through food to remember.
The Lone Crow started during the pandemic after getting laid off all his gigs. Having the downtime and going through the mental roller coaster brought light to create something himself and share his culture. Taking everything he’s learned in 15 years in the food industry into something special for his hometown has been the goal, but also bringing it to the world to share how crazy and passionate he is.
“I can go on and give you a amazing background/culinary story, but if you wanna know more fuck a screen come have dinner with me. Mahalo Salamat.”
Find him on Instagram at - @DeanPatrickRamirez @The.Lone.Crow