Meet Chef Raw


Jermaine "Chef Raw" Rawlings found his passion for the culinary arts after graduating with his Bachelors degree in Finance from Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) and moving to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force. Lamenting the flavor of his grandmother's macaroni and cheese, and finding it difficult to find good Caribbean food on the west coast, Chef Raw took things into his own hands and developed his culinary gifts. After serving five years in the U.S Air Force, Chef Raw separated and pursued his Masters of Business from USC's Marshall School of Business. While attending USC, Chef Raw beat out over 40,000 people across the country and was selected as one of the top 100 in one of America's favorite televised competitions for amateur cooks. While Chef Raw has no "formal" culinary training, he exhibits true "Raw" talent and has worked over the years to perfect his craft. He combines food, fun and creativity together to ensure that your experience is exciting and enjoyable for all!

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“I started out hosting parties at my house and preparing food for my friends and other attendees. We had a series of epic parties that we titled “Caribbean Night,” and I also prepared food for a series of events called “Meeting of the Minds.” The praise that I received based on the taste of my food led me to audition for the show MasterChef, where I made it past the preliminaries and to the Top 100. Unfortunately, I fell short of my goal of making it on the show, but I came really close! From there I realized that I had real potential and proceeded to start my own business as a chef.”

-Chef Raw

In the kitchen with Chef Raw


If you dream it, I can create it



  • Private dinner parties

  • Birthday and anniversary celebrations

  • Corporate meals and events

  • Classes and workshops

  • And more!



He came with his East Coast swag, old school music, great conversation, hair on fleek and cooked a meal that was phenomenal! I have never had a meal experience so exceptional and yet so personal. -T. Jacobs


As featured on Buzzfeed Tasty and The Food Network


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I cannot say it enough. You and your team did an impeccable job! You all blew me away. I was not ready! -L. Skye


Chef Raw in the Press