MEET THE CHEF
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. Through her early childhood culinary learning experiences and working in a family restaurant and other functions, combined with many years of corporate restaurant experience, Chef Raquel was motivated to start her own business in 2014.
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, iPush 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. Recently, one of her recipes was featured on the Chef Works website.
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. More recently she was selected as a 2019 VIP Chocolatier Chef for the Disability Rights and Resource’s Annual Magic City Chocolate Challenge and was also a judge for Birmingham’s first nationally recognized Culinary Fight Club-Street Food Showdown. 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 member of the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) and a board member for the Alabama Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.