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Chef La Tasha McCutchen, winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 13, is a proud native of Lake City, SC. Formerly the head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill in Atlantic City, NJ, La Tasha is now Executive Chef and owner of her own private chef catering business - Entertaining with Chef La Tasha.
La Tasha discovered her love for the service of food in 1997, while waiting tables in fine dining establishments in Orangeburg, SC. After a five-year study at South Carolina State University, La Tasha’s passion for the food industry lead her to Myrtle Beach, SC. There she would begin her culinary journey, her eagerness to learn and grow lead her to balancing a full time academic schedule with full time on the job training. She attended Horry-Georgetown Technical College, receiving an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and to no surprise, excelled during her four years with Hilton Hotels and Resorts. In 2007 La Tasha decided to further her culinary education by attending Johnson and Wales University in North Miami. There she would go on to earn a second Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.
During her eight-year journey in South Florida, La Tasha began making an impact in the culinary industry. Her remarkable work ethic and passion to learn caught the eye of her mentors: Paula DaSilva, Hell’s Kitchen season 5 finalist, and Adrienne Grenier, Food Network's Chopped Champion. Under their leadership La Tasha’s culinary journey continued to ignite as opportunities to work at the legendary James Beard House in New York City and invitations to participate in numerous Food and Wine festivals and events emerged.
La Tasha’s strong family foundation has kept her grounded and focused throughout all her many successes. She continues to participate and initiate opportunities to help, as well as educate, her community in South Carolina. Recently, serving as host to Lake City’s historical ArtFields Dandelion Gala, where the celebrity chef invited high school students to assist as student sous-chefs. The exposure allowing over a dozen African-American students the opportunity to experience a production being executed under the leadership of a young, local female chef. She started a non-profit organization in 2015 called Baby Cakes Foundation. It will aim to create education assistance scholarships for underprivileged teens, who inspire to be leaders, and trendsetters in Lake City, in honor of her late grandmother, Thelma McCutchen.
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