Food Entrepreneur Services

Classically trained and ServSafe Certified Instructor, Chef Raquel offers an intensive array of services to help you on your journey of food entrepreneurship. The length of time, location, and content can be tailored to best fit your goals and requirements.

Services Include:
Culinary Training (culinary techniques & fundamentals)
Equipment Sourcing
Front & Back of the House Training (on and off site)
Menu Development/ Pricing
Recipe Testing
ServSafe Training/Proctoring
Start Up Consulting

The Restaurant Edition Pilot:
Chef Raquel completed A Pinch of Salt: The Restaurant Edition a 12-week hands-on culinary training program where low-income Bridgeport residents interested in a food entrepreneurship could enhance their culinary skills and get a real-life glimpse of what it takes to serve their product to the general public.  These graduates have now obtained their ServSafe food licensing and have been gaining more experience in the food world.

Graduates of Chef Raquel’s Culinary Training Program:

Derrick Wilson, Sr. was born and raised in the Bronx and has 21 years of kitchen experience. He loves to make Baked Chicken Frittata with onions, garlic and broccoli; honey, jerk, mild spicy boneless chicken wings; and deep fried pretzel chicken with sweet potato waffles. His long-term goal is to own a food truck franchise specializing in all things chicken.

Donna Stewart-Eagles was born and raised in the City of Bridgeport and she has met people from many different ethnic groups and has had the pleasure of making and sampling assorted cultural dishes. She is a former Bridgeport Police Officer and has had the pleasure in protecting and serving the community for twenty five years. She loves cooking and making comfort foods like chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles. She loves bringing smiles to the faces of the people who I cook for and I love to hear how they enjoy the many delicious dishes that I have prepared for them. Her long-term goal to own a food truck specializing in comfort food.

A’Kia Cuthbertson was born and raised in Bridgeport, but her family is from the South. She was a former Little Kitchen Cook at BFresh. She loves to eat lasagna, but she loves cooking macaroni and cheese. Her long-term goal is to own a food truck, diner, and night club! Who doesn’t like a good meal after partying?!

Latoya Frierson was born and raised in Norwalk CT. Her family is from the South who came up North to have a better life. The whole reason she loves to cook is for her family. She can remember her great grandparents in the kitchen cooking up big family meals.

St. V. Padilla was born in Bridgeport but raised in Puerto Rico until he was 12 years old. He was a pre-school teacher for 12 years and then wanted to pursue his career as a chef. He took the Urban Eats class with Chef Raquel to take a step in that direction. His profession now is a photographer and he runs a business with her partner called Elements Of Illusion. He is also head varsity baseball coach at Bassick High School and a proud father of a 3 year old boy. His long-term goal is to have a thriving food truck. He also wants to get confident enough as a chef to go on the Food Network and compete in Chopped or other cooking competitions.

Paula Davis was born in Bridgeport and works at the Sacred Heart University cafeteria. She loves to make desserts and she loves to eat Italian food. Her long-term goal is to own a pastry shop.

Randy Jackson was born in Norwalk but raised in Bridgeport. He previously cooked for a shelter, for a mental health center, at Captain’s Cove and the Army. He loves to eat steak and a good salad. His long-term goal is to own a food truck or a restaurant.

Chef Raquel can provide a variety of intensive culinary training courses, for more details email