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Natasha Waller also known as Chef Preddie is the owner of PreddieCooks, LLC : PlatesbyPreddie Catering and PlannedbyPreddie Events. Inspired by her grandmother's North Carolina food flares, her time abroad in Italy, and from working at various food establishments from around the country she has created a hospitality company that focuses on seasonal ingredients with highlights to themes and holidays.
Born in Bladensburg, Maryland, a town in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Chef Preddie would come home from school to watch Rachael Ray whip up delicious and interesting meals in under 30 minutes. She would be on the screen smiling, mis en place ready, and an energetic attitude that caught all of the viewers’ attention. Wanting to be like her, she did just that.
Chef PreddieCooks :
"I would go into my grandmother’s kitchen and pretend. Smiling at my microwave as my producer counted down 3-2-1. Mis en place ready (pan, water, North Carolina pink hot dogs, bushs baked beans), I was ready to share this gourmet meal. I was in the 1st grade.
Bladensburg High School is where the she started her official cooking journey. From Basic Food & Nutrition to being accepted into the Culinary Arts program my junior year, to competing junior and senior year in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), to winning a Full tuition scholarship to study Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Following high school, Natasha moved to New Rochelle, where I studied for 3 years at the NEW Culinary Institute of NEW YORK formally known as Monroe College Culinary Arts Program! This experience was the jumpstart to her current career. While in school, she studied abroad for three months in Italy. This is where she gained her knowledge, skill, and love for fresh and authentic Italian food/culture.
In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and an Associate’s in Culinary Arts. She moved back to Maryland and started working at two illustrious hotels in Prince Georges County. A line cook during the day at Marcus Samuelsson Restaurant located in MGM National Harbor and a line cook at night at Gaylord National Harbor. The experience was great.
Due to covid, I lost my job at the Gaylord and made the decision to become a FULL-TIME Entrepreneur.
Currently today, Natasha "Chef Preddie"is the Founder and CEO of PreddieCooks, LLC: PlatesbyPreddieCatering, PlannedbyPreddieEvents, and PreddiesPicnics. Our goal is to create Preddie’memorable experiences through food and events.