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Life & Work with Nekia Hattley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nekia Hattley.

Hi Nekia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a natural-born foodie-(turned amazing cook) and the creator of My Daddy’s Recipes. I am from South Central Los Angeles. I’ve been cooking ever since I was in preschool! I was always a child that loved to eat and my mom and dad learned early on that if they didn’t want to get up early on a Saturday morning to a burning house from me putting a chair up to the stove and trying to make breakfast for me and the family it would be best for them to teach me how to safely do what was in my heart- cook! Luckily my dad was a southern cook and a restaurant owner, so this was not a hard task. So from easy bake ovens to a chair up to a stove that I was too little to reach, I picked a craft that I am really passionate about. Cooking is one of strongest ways I say I love you. After my dad died diabetes and reflecting on how many family members had did the same or were living dead lives from diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, I did more research and found that these deaths were from eating dead foods and these so called hereditary Diseases that were plaguing my community were not indeed hereditary our eating habits were. I then knew that God had a different plan for my food and kitchen skills. I knew then that my food had to be plant-based and I had to teach my community how plant-based living could be nutritious and delicious. They had to see someone that looks like them in this space in order to trust that this lifestyle is for our community. Representation is everything! This message also had to come from someone who loves food. Food is a huge component of black and brown culture. It’s how we gather, how we celebrate, it’s how we morn. I also know that food is medicine because food had healed me. So out of My passion and respect for food, my deep love for my community and a need to provide wellness to neighbors, family and friends. My Daddy’s recipes was born. The name pays homage to my deceased father that taught me to bake while acknowledging that we are all God’s recipes for a better world! Living my dad showed me everything I needed to put in my food to make it delicious and in dying he taught me everything I needed not put in my food to make nutritious. I started with desserts because who doesn’t love the dessert lady? But desserts are just my starting point. My Daddy’s recipes bigger mission is to enhance the quality of life of people of color through health, wellness and healing. It is my hope to transform the minds of black and brown people to be more conscious of what we consume nutritiously, mentally, spiritually, and communally so that we can heal and grow into what we were created to be so that we heal and grow, our families, our community and the world. We do this by planting farmer’s markets, creating wellness festivals, bringing in more plant-based options made by us into our neighborhoods, and by in person and online demonstrations transforming the minds of black and brown people into realizing that one of the most powerful currency’s they own is their health.

Taste Like Love is our slogan but it is also our heart project where we cook hot meals for our brothers and sister that are homeless or just in need of a hot meal that tastes like love.

My slogan are; Taste like love.

I make good for you taste good.

Language: Cooking is my love language

Motto: Seasoning Everything you do with love.

Sayings: I create the perfect marriage of what your body needs and what your taste buds crave.

You can find My Daddy’s Recipes @
Earles on Crenshaw
Swift Cafe
African MarketPlace & Drum Circle farmer’s market
Downey farmer’s market
Altadena farmer’s market
Vegan depot corona
Vegan depot riverside
Vegan vepot Sandiego
Vegan exchange north Hollywood
DoorDash munchie nights on Wednesday and THURSDAYS FROM 4pm-midnight

On Instagram @mydaddysrecipes

Soon to be in:
Besties grocery store
Hot and Cool cafe

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?
I didn’t go to culinary arts school, nor have I worked in a restaurant other than being a brand ambassador for other vegan companies and catering jobs with some of my restaurant owner friends the food industry in a new industry for me. It is all a learning experience.

I started with my savings so we have had to piece the company together in small portions. The lack of funding has created a bumper road to success but we are still standing and growing.

Social media marketing is not one of my strong points so we acknowledge that we need to hire someone other than me for this job and are seeking funding to do so.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a creative being! I create beautiful clothing and delicious food! I am most proud of that I have the gift to take what others see as worthless and make them into masterpieces. I do this with food, “bare cabinets”, clothing and material and with people!

We specialize in plant-based desserts – cobblers and cheesecake and Soups and fishless tuna thus far but will expand soon into other plant-based prepackaged foods.

Although my favorite desserts change but as of now, my favorite dessert is our Kia nut butta cup and my favorite soup is our Ghanaian-inspired peanut butter soup.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I see my industry expanding! With the busyness of the average person, people need easy healthier options. We are living in a COVID age and all its variants and it’s imperative that people are the healthiest version of themselves. Health and wellness is no longer a game we can afford to play with and lose at. Diet and what we eat plays a major role in our health and survival.


  • Individual cobblers $10, individual cheesecakes $5 and $8
  • Individual mud pies $8 and $10 individual soups $12 individual fishless tuna $10
  • Half pans of cobblers $65 full pans $165
  • Dairy free and gluten free Cheesecakes and mud pies $70
  • Half gallon soups $42 Gallon $85

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: @mydaddysrecipes @villagewellcc
  • Facebook: @mydaddysrecipes
  • Yelp: @mydaddysrecipes

Image Credits:

@iamjmedley @meetjakob

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