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Meet the Chef: Chassis Hawkins-Younger
The dining scene in Washington, DC has undergone a major transformation over the past few years. Once known mostly for steakhouses and French restaurants, many exciting and innovative restauranteurs have recently decided to call DC home. Places like Rose’s Luxury, which was named Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant in America in 2014, have led the charge in forming DC’s new culinary identity.
Now that DC has become a better place to eat out, Eat In Chef is looking to take the next step: to make DC a better place to eat in! Helping lead the charge on our team is Chef Chassis Hawkins-Younger, aka Chef Chass. Get to know her better in the Q&A below!
What’s your name?
Chassis — pronounced “cha-sis”, but most people just call me Chass!
Where will you be cooking for Eat In Chef?
In and around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Tell us about your professional cooking experience.
I’ve been cooking professionally for almost seven years. My first job in the industry was as a cook at a local sports and entertainment venue. I was originally in the building for a concessions stand job, but thankfully the executive chef for their catering hired me. Since then, I’ve worked for hotels, contractors, and restaurants all over the DC area.
Why did you want to work with Eat In Chef?
Eat In Chef seems like a great platform to expand my business as a personal chef, to market myself, and to do what I love best, which is being creative while feeding others.
What inspired your love for food and cooking? Why is food important to you?
Growing up, my immediate family wasn’t very close-knit, but we’d gather for major holidays and special occasions and there’d always be a massive spread of food. Whenever I flash back to old memories, there’s always great food at the forefront. The ability to recreate that feeling for someone else, or at least help in doing so, is what makes me love cooking so much. Even a weeknight dinner can be the foundation for a great memory.
We all need food to survive, so I figure one should have the time of their life eating it!
Do you have a signature dish? If so, why do you think this dish best represents you?
At this point in time, I have at least two: dijon chicken with root vegetables, and salmon wellington. Honestly, they just might be my two favorite dishes to make for dinner. These dishes represent me because they’re not over the top, not complex or fussy, but intensely flavorful. Complex dishes are great, but making a simple dish taste amazing is what’s fun to me.
How do you think diners can use Eat In Chef to improve their wellness and overall quality of life?
Having a personal chef — whether it’s for a one-time dinner party or a continuous meal service — gives you so much time back and makes you feel like you’re a guest at your own personal restaurant, totally customized to your tastes. Diners can bring the “restaurant” to them and ultimately eat better, healthier, and have a great experience in their slippers if they so choose. What could be better?!
What’s your favorite food?
I’m a homemade macaroni and cheese fanatic. Baked, breadcrumb-topped or not, more than four different kinds of cheese or two kinds only, tossed with bacon, caramelized onions, anything, you name it. I can eat mac and cheese every week and not get tired of it!
When you’re not cooking for others, where do you like to eat?
At home, most of the time. I cook for myself and my family probably three times a week, along with enough for leftovers, haha. When we do eat out, it’s usually Italian or BBQ.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a stay-at-home mama, so when I’m not cooking for clients, I can be found running around with my spirited wonderful little 16 month old son. He’ll probably grow up with a memory of me coming home smelling like cooked food.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love cooking and feeding others, and my continuous goal is to make sure each and every client has a wonderful experience with what I produce. At the end of the day, that’s my passion. That’s what makes me happy — using food to make others happy.
Click here to view Chef Chass’s profile page, where you can check out her available menus and request her for your next meal.
Posted on August 11th, 2016 by Ara Galarza