CHEF DEBORAH VANTRECE
FOUNDER AND CEO
VANTRECE HOSPITALITY GROUP
Chef Deborah VanTrece is one of the South’s most recognized culinary personalities, best-selling author, and CEO and founder of the VanTrece Hospitality Group.
The VanTrece Hospitality Group includes the award-winning modern, global soul food restaurant, Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, and The Catering Company by VanTrece. In spring 2022, she launched Oreatha’s at The Point in Atlanta’s historic Cascade Heights neighborhood, a concept showcasing comfort food dishes made by mothers around the world. In September 2022, she is opening Serenidad, a Latin soul cuisine restaurant, also in Cascade Heights.
The intersection of food and culture is at the heart of VanTrece’s cuisine, which features creative modern interpretations and global influences on traditional Southern dishes. She coined the phrase “modern, global soul food” to describe her unique approach.
Chef VanTrece has been featured on NBC’s TODAY, Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, NPR, Garden & Gun, Conde Nast Traveler, Heritage Radio Network, and The Local Palate, among many others. She is also a winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games.
Prior to embarking on her culinary career more than two decades years ago, Chef VanTrece was a flight attendant for American Airlines, where her travels took her to destinations throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Her experience had a profound influence on her unique culinary style.
In the process of exploring international cultures and food traditions, Chef VanTrece has become a leading voice for Americans re-examining our own food culture. She set out on mission to bring recognition and respect to her own family’s food traditions while also shaping the large influence that the African Diaspora and black food heritage has had on contemporary American Cuisine.
Chef VanTrece is also a tireless advocate for local farm families, whom she regularly promotes through her menus and special community events. She is a leading voice for the humane treatment of farm animals, sustainable agriculture, and food waste reduction.
As a female African American restauranteur, business owner, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Chef VanTrece is also a passionate and vocal advocate for social justice and issues, especially those that impact marginalized and vulnerable populations. She is highly sought after as a mentor, particularly by young chefs of color. Her commitment to community was recently recognized by The Coca-Cola Company, which awarded Deborah and her team a $10,000 prize for the selfless way they have responded to COVID-19 live on Good Morning America.
Chef VanTrece is working on a cookbook as a follow up to her 2021 cookbook, The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors (Rizzoli), which is already in its second edition.