Stephanie Willis


Stephanie Willis


Philadelphia, PA

A 19 year vet in the food and beverage industry, personal chef, mompreneur and founder, Stephanie affectionately known as ‘Chefanie Nicole,’ Willis is no stranger to hard work. Starting modestly at dish and humbly hustling her way up the ladder to A GM of a multi-million dollar restaurant [owned by an Iron Chef], she knew her passion was in the kitchen.

Coming from a literal melting pot of cultures [African American Father, Filipino Mother & Turkish Step-Mother], afforded Stephanie an expansive palate. Produce picking at local farms, Italian Market runs and the aroma of cast-iron skillet fried chicken are vivid memories created with her grandmother, her muse, who’s recipes she’d often try to replicate. Yet with no formal culinary training, her passion was a project that seemed impossible to bring to fruition. Perfecting her gift at home and posting unpretentious pictures of what she would prepare on social media outlets eventually turned likes into bookings.

Running a restaurant whilst moonlighting as a part time caterer and being a full time Mom, was overwhelming to say the least. However, it was also the fuel that fed the fire for Stephanie to take the risk, bet on herself and double down. Since doing so she has literally fed the streets with carefully curated, locally sourced meals, prepared with love [eat prep love]. She has worked with some of Philadelphia's top influencers and prepared meals for public figures in both the entertainment and professional sports worlds. She has hosted events fusing food, art and culture as well as hosted pop-up’s, on a whim, with no backing to benefit the less fortunate on a large scale [yep, before everybody eats]. Since, Stephanie has been featured on various food blogs [Eater, Philly Mag, Inquirer, VOGUE], hosted food vlogs [My New Philly & ReMIXX], competed in and won local cooking competitions [So You Think You Can Cook 2018], was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s Local Hero’s [Edible Philly 2019] and was a contestant on Masterchef season 9.

Awards & Accolades

  • Local Heroes - Thrillist - 2020
  • Good Souls - WHYY - 2022