Tre Wilcox
Executive Chef, Marquee Grill & Bar in Dallas

In January Wilcox and his team of chefs left Loft 610 in Plano, Texas, to head up Marquee Grill in Dallas’ Highland Park Village. At Marquee, the menu boasts a twenty ounce boneless ribeye, seafood fettuccine and Kobe beef Carpaccio. Wilcox competed in the third season of Bravo’s Top Chef, where he was the eighth contestant to be eliminated. He returned to the show in 2010 for an all-star edition.



Melba Wilson
Owner, Melba’s in Harlem

Melba Wilson is part of a culinary family; she’s the niece of Sylvia Woods, of Sylvia’s in Harlem, home of her famous chicken and waffles. Wilson opened Melba’s in 2005. On the fourth season of Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, she beat Flay with her Southern-fried chicken and eggnog-waffles recipe. Other standouts from her menu? Winebraised short ribs, pecan-crusted tilapia and BBQ turkey meat loaf.



Tiffany Derry
Executive Chef and Partner, Private|Social in Dallas

Executive chef and partner in her own restaurant, Private|Social, Derry’s menu features her Top Chef elimination round-winning pork buns, braised oxtails and smoked venison. Entering into the food industry at the International House of Pancakes, she became the youngest person to rise to a management position in the establishment’s history. She was the executive chef of Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club in Dallas. Although she didn’t win Top Chef, she was voted fan favorite at the season’s end and competed in the Allstar competition later that year.



Chef Jeff
Award-Winning Chef, Author, Public Speaker

An award-winning chef, bestselling author, popular public speaker: and an ex-offender, having served nearly a decade in prison for drugs. He’s run kitchens as executive chef of the renowned CafĂ© Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and has become one of the most inspirational African American chefs in the country. Jeff’s remarkable story of finding his passion for cooking while incarcerated and turning his life around was captured in his New York Times bestseller COOKED (William Morrow, February 2007). His story is now being turned into a major motion picture by the team that made The Pursuit of Happyness: Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment, Escape Artists and Columbia Pictures. Jeff has received widespread national attention on numerous TV and radio programs and print publications, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, CNBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, People and USA Today.



Chef Jamika
Celebrity Chef, TV Personality, Nutritionist

Chef Jamika’s cooking style is described as modern and elegant. Jamika brings her signature style to exciting new levels by blending the essence of different cultures into one. With her Caribbean heritage and Southern roots, she is most frequently called upon to prepare her inventive Southern Caribbean Fusion dishes. Season 5 of The Next Food Network Star, Jamika took the competition down to the final rounds and won the hearts of millions of viewers. Triumphantly, her hard work and commitment paid off. She began her professional television career as one of the hosts on TLC’s lifestyle improvement show, Home Made Simple. As a certified nutrition and wellness consultant, and advocate for ending childhood obesity, Chef Jamika is often invited as a nutrition expert to speak at numerous health expos and corporate events, such as the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, Radio One Love Caribbean Gospel Cruise, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Women’s Health Symposium, and Steve Harvey’s Hoodie Awards. Ebony magazine also named Chef Jamika as one of the Top African American chefs in the country in 2008.



Chef Huda
Owner and CEO, Pretty and Delicious LLC

Chef Huda brings the elegance back to the kitchen. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area and established a catering company, Pretty and Delicious, LLC, where she serves as owner and CEO. Her point of view: bringing elegance back to the kitchen via her Marilyn Monroe style by cooking in designer heels and fashionable garments as homage to stay-at-home mothers from the 1950s era. Her cuisine has been featured on Donald J. Trump Show: The Ultimate Merger, The Howard Stern Show, CBS, NBC, CW and AOL.


Robbie Montgomery
Owner, Sweetie Pies

Miss Robbie Montgomery is the owner and resident matriarch of Sweetie Pies and Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove, the nationally acclaimed soul food restaurants she founded in her hometown of St. Louis, MO. Prior to running her own restaurants, Miss Robbie toured the US singing backup for Ike and Tina Turner during the 1960s. Her stint as an Ikette launched a singing career that spanned over twenty years. Now 71, Miss Robbie is only picking up speed with plans for her biggest and most ambitious endeavor yet: Sweetie Pies: The Upper Crust. At this location, she hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream of opening a restaurant, banquet hall, cooking school and performing arts space in one.