Raquel L. Ervin

Executive Chef & Owner

Chef Raquel Ervin started cooking at a very young age often standing on a chair to reach the stove. What was once a childhood culinary learning experience of working in a family restaurant and other functions, plus many years of corporate restaurant experience led Chef Raquel to start her own business in 2014. With her refined palate and over ten years of experience in the food preparation industry, she is the ultimate quality control specialist and guarantees that you will receive the highest caliber of food service.

Chef Raquel’s company Panoptic Catering, has catered events for organizations such as the Susan B. Komen Foundation, special employee events at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex and in unique venues including Aldridge Gardens, Douglas Manor and Hoover Randle Home. She has also showcased her recipes in live cooking demonstrations on ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama, WBRC Fox6 Good Day Alabama, Birmingham Home Show and the Southern Women’s Show. She has also been featured in Birmingham’s Wedding Magazine and Birmingham’s Own Magazine. Her delicious “five-cheese baked mac and cheese” recipe won Panoptic Catering 1st Place, “Best of Magic City Mac” at the 2018 Birmingham Magic City Mac + Cheese Festival.

Chef Raquel is a regular participant in the Birmingham Pink Bride Wedding Show, Greater Birmingham March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, Taste of Birmingham, Shelby County, and Hoover, and she won “Best Bite” at the 2019 Taste of Pelham. Recently, Chef Raquel was selected as a finalist and appeared in a new primetime show on the Food Network.  She was also highlighted in the City of Birmingham’s new StrongHER campaign launched in 2019 by Mayor Randall Woodfin for Women’s History Month. Additionally, Chef Raquel is a board member for the Alabama Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and a founding member of Q-Collectiv of Birmingham.