We had the good fortune of connecting with Chef Fefi T and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chef Fefi, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Honestly , at times being an entrepreneur is extremely hard . From the financial hurdles , to the sleepless nights and the self doubt it may feel like giving up is easiest. Food is my passion , I chose to make it a career and stand by it . What keeps me going is knowing that I get to do something I love everyday and make money . Not as a job but as a sense of accomplishment. The satisfaction I get from making my client’s stomach happy Kees me going.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I wasn’t always a Chef but I knew when I was 12 years old that I wanted to be one. With over 16 years in the food and entertainment industry, Chef Fefi plates a movie for your mouth.
Also known as “Sauce Boss” because of her signature pineapple jerk sauce among other magnificent flavors, Chef Fefi commands the kitchen with the utmost creativity.
‘All my clients are VIP whether famous or not!’
With impeccable experience in Food service, it was only natural for Fefi to start her own Catering Company/Meal Prep Service, “Food Fighterz.”
‘I am big on service consistency with all of my clients, so I take the extra steps to make your experience with me one you’re sure to remember.’
Fefi has a knack for flair from her chef attire, to her exquisite knowledge, and delivery to your palate, and at that moment, with a dazzling performance you know you have been Fed by Chef Fefi.
I’ve held different jobs from shampoo girl to technical support , I was even a tax sheltered annuities agent for a financial company but every potluck or chance I could get was bringing food to work for my coworkers.
I decided to go back to school to get a culinary nutrition degree to possibly become a dietitian to help out the school and prison food systems but I couldn’t stray far away from the kitchen so I started a catering company (FoodForSoul).
I moved to Miami and started working in a really busy restaurant but i would fly to Atlanta every Friday – Sunday due to having caterings. So I decided to have other caterers and cooks help or take those bookings so I wouldn’t have to travel so much.
I was getting consistent work in Atlanta and decided to move back and start (FoodFighterz) which is a mentorship for foodies who have a passion for cooking. So I’ll take them on gigs , tell them how to make menus , quotes , food costs and give them tips on how to start a catering business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love pho so pho 24 is my go-to when I want to think or feel better.
The seafood risotto at Taverna in Buckhead is good for the Soul .
I am a true hookah fan so Kabobland on Piedmont is definitely a vibe .
Me and my kids love to go to Grub burger the burgers are phenomenal, they even have alcoholic milkshakes and a full bar for the adults .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Whew , actually there a quite a few people I want to recognize , but I’ll try to keep it short . LOL
My longest friend Tangeline Tucker of Our Daughter boutique/ FourteenEgo , she is so supportive and encouraging.
My dear friend Wendy Hodge she helps motivate me to keep going and my voice of reason .
My partner Chef C. Ridgley of SouthernKulture Presents, inc. / LaNourriture Catering . For keeping me grounded , keeping me on my toes and reassuring me that the sky is the limit .
I want to shoutout all of the Chefs , cooks and foodies that I have helped or mentored or encouraged.
I want to shoutout my children Lilliana, Princeton and Logan for the love and support and motivation to keep fulfilling my dreams.
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