Today we’d like to introduce you to Robyn Carter.
Hi Robyn, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started working in restaurants when I was 15 as a dishwasher. I fell in LOVE with THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY and decided I wanted to stay in it. The rest is me learning every single position and working on my craft.
I started in the back of the house, learned every position……then came out to the front of the house and learned every position. With over 20+ years of experience in the foodservice industry, I am now confident enough to start my own business!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
HELL NO! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m 42 now, when I first started in this industry mid 90s, it was a male-dominated industry. Not an easy road for sure. For so long, women were supposed to be in the kitchen at home. But if women tried to come in commercial kitchens, they weren’t accepted. Crazy right?! We can be trusted to raise the home, but not a commercial business. Bullshit, right?! Anyway, I love when someone doubts me, more fuel to my fire. So I decided I was going to be a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as I could. And I did! I worked under many different chefs in many different places. I took jobs for corporate America to small mom & pops’ spots. I learned and worked every single position! I learned to RESPECT THE PROCESS!
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in low-country cuisine. It’s an ode to my roots. I was born in Alabama and raised in North Carolina from the time I was two years old. When I graduated high school, I went to culinary school in Charleston, SC. I spent most of my adult career in the southern United States.
I love food and culture!! FOOD IS LOVE! So whenever I moved to a new place, food was always the thing that made me connect with people. I am all about LOCAL. So even though I am originally from NC, I can go anywhere and combine my knowledge of cooking with local ingredients!
I showcase local products from small, local farmers and artisans. Nothing tastes as good as fresh! The local artisans I showcase are just as passionate in their craft as I am in mine! Most products I use come from within 60 miles of Richmond, VA, and are harvested just a few days before!
My specialty is making comfort dishes and putting a suit and tie on it! I am most proud of being able to connect with others through our love of food! What sets me apart is that I don’t half-ass! I’m a professional chef and do not cut corners! I do it the right way, EVERY SINGLE TIME!
I share my best with others in hopes they will share their best with me!
What were you like growing up?
I am very fair and honest. I was raised by my dad, a Vietnam Veteran…who also happened to be a drill sergeant for the US Army. I have integrity.
My mom was a nurse. So I definitely care about people. My mom is the person that raised me to know FOOD IS LOVE!
Growing up, I was always a social butterfly. I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures! Family is one of the most important things to me, so I think my life journey so far has been to form my own extended family along the way!
- Email: Robyn@carolinagirlcatering.com
- Website: Carolinagirlcatering.com
- Instagram: @carolinagirlcatering
- Facebook: @carolinagcatering
- Twitter: @carolinagcaters
- Youtube: Carolinagirlcatering
Headshot photo: Dwayne Morris Photography @dwaynemorrisphotography Gumbo photo: Jordan Hanna @itswickedlady Rest of the pics are candid shot by me or family members