meet our professional chefs
Our team of chefs not only cook but we inspire and help you achieve optimum success in the art of cooking.
Daryl Shular, CMC
Certified Master Chef, President
becoming the first African-American and minority to successfully pass the
grueling 130-hour; eight-day test known as the Master Chef exam. After
years of preparation and personal sacrifice Chef Shular prevailed and earned
the culinary industry’s highest honor, the designation known as Certified
Master Chef (CMC).
Shular has been recognized and featured in many media publications,
including the prestigious American historical archives “ The History Makers”.
His induction into The History Makers in 2005 made Chef Shular one of the
youngest ever and one of only a few African-American chefs elected for this
Vice President, Chef Instructor
Chef Crawford is the lead culinary instructor at Rockdale Career Academy. He has worked in the food industry since he was fourteen years old and worked diligently to climb the ranks. He graduated at the top of his class with honors from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College and was promoted to Chef Instructor at his illustrious alma mater.
In addition to his endeavors and education, Chef Crawford has also been featured in several noteworthy culinary events including the 2016-2019 PGA Championships, 2019 Super Bowl Tailgate Party and most recently on screen for Netflix hit series “Love is Blend” and Lifetime Television series “Bride & Prejudice Forbidden Love.” On the private chef scene, Chef Crawford has serviced numerous celebrity clients including Richard Schiff, Usher Raymond, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) to name a few.
His culinary accolades include Chef de Cuisine Certification with the American Culinary Federation, of which he serves as the 2020-2021 Vice President. In his role as lead culinary instructor at RCA, Chef Crawford’s teaching styles encompass classical cooking techniques with modern day molecular gastronomy.
Sheryl "Chef Gigi" Stewart
Chef Sheryl Stewart, affectionately known as “Chef Gigi,” joins the Daryl Shular Hospitality Group’s PlateEd Online and Events Division as Executive Director. She will take the helm and lead the Curriculum Development, Guest Relations, Special Events Development- Marketing- Facilitation and Community Liaison program operations for professional and enthusiast culinarians.
Chef Gigi has had a love affair with all thing’s food for over 30 years. Raised by a single Mother of seven, she spent most of her time in the kitchen, where she prepared full meals to feed her siblings and family. She began cooking at the young age of 10. She was inspired by recipes her working Mom would leave for her and then call with instructions on how to follow and produce amazing meals. With influences from both her Grandmothers in creating a mixture of their Caribbean, Latin, and New England flavors, she ultimately developed her famous style of Afro-Caribbean cooking.
As a food enthusiast herself, Chef Gigi followed her passion and graduated with honors from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Atlanta in 2016, having the honor of studying under the tutelage of the country’s first African American Certified Master Chef, Daryl Shular.
Upon graduation, Chef Gigi was hired by Chef Pano Karatassos, Executive Chef of the award winning Kyma Restaurant and Corporate Executive Chef for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, as a Banquet Chef for their legendary 103 West, Atlanta’s Premiere Private Events Venue. She successfully owned and operated ‘A Catered Affair’, showcasing her unique cuisine with first class flair.
She is an active member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Women, Chefs, and Restaurateurs (WCR), Community Farmers Market of Georgia (CFM), and Sevananda’s Natural Food Market Co-op.
After caring for her husband who last his battle with Dementia, she received her certification as a Health Coach and Nutritionist from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) of New York. Chef Gigi is now Plant Based and focused on her purpose as a Chef to help others who suffer from chronic illnesses to heal and live healthier lives one meal at a time.
In her spare time, Chef Gigi combines her passion for food and love of travel by curating unique and exciting food and travel excursions. One of her Mantra’s, “Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” – Bella Bleue.
So, in the words of Ruth Reichl… – “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious” –
1927 Lakeside Parkway
Tucker, GA 30084
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Sat: 10am - 3pm