When Deborah VanTrece and her fellow flight attendants were on strike, she decided to go to culinary school. For 20 years, Deborah worked on flights and in food before making the full-time leap into the chef world. Today, Deborah has her own place, Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta, where she serves up her global soul food to a happy, diverse clientele. Deborah’s patience and dedication are starting to pay off, as everyone from The New York Times to Guy Fieri has their eyes on her. Why now? “I think it’s just time for us females to shine,” she says modestly. Grab your sunglasses and tune in!