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Meet Danavia King

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danavia King.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danavia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
So I was in college cooking for all of my friends because that’s just something I loved to do. My house was like the hang out spot. Well my friends kept telling me how I should take cooking more seriously because I was really good at it. I laughed it off because I was about to graduate with my degree in Biology and just didn’t think of cooking as a legit profession to maintain stability. Some years passed and I was working at a pharmaceutical company making excellent money. I got word that the plant was about to be shut down and many of us would be laid off. I instantly started to research what it would look like if I decided to cook professionally. Literally after days of research I was sold. I applied to the Art Institute of California- Hollywood and enrolled in their culinary arts program. I packed all of my stuff from my old apartment in Alabama put it in storage and moved to LA with my two suitcases and about $3000 to my name. Went to culinary school and graduated in two years, and this was literally the beginning of my private chef career. I literally took a huge leap of faith, leaving behind everything I knew and loved, to grind my way to the top of the game as one of standout celebrity private chefs in the game. The first celebrity client I cooked for was Rich the Kid. He would literally have me cook shrimp and grits everyday if he could. The person that I feel like put my career on the highlight was Blac Youngsta. By him just posting me on his Instagram everyday was more than life changing, People would start to recognize me in airports like “Hey you’re Blac Youngsta’s chef”, which was so wild to me. In my head I was like damn I’m just a chef but according to my family and friends I was much more than that. I’ve cooked for countless other celebrities and athletes such as Yo Gotti, Lil Pump, Ben Simmons, Trevor Ariza, and Woody McClain.

Great, 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?
This process was definitely not easy. When I moved to LA, I spent my first year staying in student housing at my school which was like dorm style living. This was beyond out of my comfort zone because at the time I was 26 with a 19-year-old roommate sleeping in a twin sized bed and sharing a bathroom, talk about humbling. But it was a sacrifice I was willing to make to get to where I was going. I eventually moved out and got my own apartment with friends because living in LA everyone knows that roommates are just as essential as water. The cost of living in LA is outrageous. But some of my other struggles in my career were gaining consistent clients, getting my name out there, and just the unknown of where your next booking/client is going to come from.

Tell us about your work – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the owner/ CEO of Hollywood Private Chef Services, LLC. I coined the name Chef Danni Hollywood for myself as a way to pay homage to the location of LA that I lived in as well as the type of clients I wanted to work with. I specialize in working with celebrities and providing them with in-home private chef services, grocery shopping, menu planning, health and wellness dietary management for peak athletic performance, and catering. My style of cooking is very traditional. I like to revamp classical dishes with my own Southern flair. I am very proud of the number of celebrity clients my company has worked with in such a short period of time. In most cases it takes private chef’s years to lock in with big name clients and establish genuine connections that garner healthy working relationships. My personality definitely sets me apart from the rest of my colleagues. My clients enjoy my healthy balance of boughetto but professional demeanor. I’m the chef that can make you the most elite piece of avocado toast at 6 AM but nonetheless can recite every verse to any City Girl song without missing a word. It’s all about balance.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career was when I landed my first 6 figure contract, I was able to take my mom on a surprise birthday trip to Paris. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do in life is to become so successful that I can somehow someway pay my mom back for the years of support and love that she has given me. No accolade or award could ever surpass that feeling of seeing my mom smile from being so happy.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.chefdannihollywood.com
  • Email: chefdannihollywood@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @chefdannihollywood
  • Twitter: @chefdannihllywd

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