We had the good fortune of connecting with Chef Queen Natifa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chef, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea for my business started within me as a little girl. My best childhood memories are of family gatherings and Sunday dinners, filled with lots of laughter and delicious soul food. I have always loved to eat good food and was intrigued by the magic that would happen in the kitchen with my granny. I fell in love with all of the components of cooking and eating. I would always say, “I’m going to have my own restaurant one day.” As a young adult, I began working in the food and beverage industry. I’ve worked as a host, server, cocktail server, pool attendant, bartender, and cook! I ended up landing a food and beverage manager position at a restaurant inside of an autograph collection hotel. Being a F&B manager taught me so much about myself. After careful scrutiny, I realized I was equipped and experienced enough to start my dream. I started looking into the process for an llc shortly after my job ended in late 2019. By March 7, 2020, I launched my very own catering company and we have been on ever since! I chose the name Cater 2U, because it embodies who I am as a person, and represents my way of service. I can accommodate all dietary restrictions and lifestyles. Specializing in multi~cultural cuisines and am available for all special occasions and events!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My slogan is “Our Main Ingredient is Love” which is definitely a difference you can taste. It gets me excited to hear how my guests review my food. I leave them wondering, “what special spice or ingredient does she use?” I’ve witnessed them try to figure it out. I let them know that it is in fact my love that’s makes it phenomenal. The best lesson I have learned in this first year is to never compare myself or my craft to others, to believe in myself and my gift from God, and that everything works out in divine timing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When bestie comes to town our favorite go to would be checking into an all inclusive resort and enjoying the amenities. I prefer to spend free time indulging in fine dining, spa days and relaxation. Definitely hitting the beach to put our toes in the sand while drinking a blended beverage gazing into the vast beauty of the ocean. It’s the simple things for me. Favorite restaurants I like to go to include Sea 180 Coastal Tavern, Chart house and Peohe’s to name a few. All beach front. I am fascinated with the ocean and all things nature period.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
God and my church family for sure. I went through some trying times and faced a ton of humility in my first year of business. He has placed the right people at the right time, thus far and it has been a Blessing with lots of lessons! I have a few special friends and family in my life and they know exactly who they are!
Instagram: @Cater2ucateringco @queen.natifa
Other: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Business Cell : 951-426-6329