Adrienne Cheatham

Chef Adrienne Cheatham grew up in the kitchens and dining rooms of the restaurants her mother managed in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida and graduated Magna Cum Laude, before heading to NYC to attend the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). While at ICE, Adrienne was referred to the kitchen at Le Bernardin where she started as a commis. During her eight years at the three-Michelin star restaurant, Adrienne made her way up the ranks, eventually becoming Executive Sous Chef. Adrienne went on to work with Marcus Samuelsson as the Chef de Cuisine of the Marcus Samuelsson Group, opening Streetbird, where she received a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide, and Marcus’ Bermuda before being promoted to Executive Chef at Red Rooster.

Adrienne competed on season 15 of Top Chef, making it to the finale and finishing second. She has been featured as a speaker at Cherry Bombe Magazine’s annual Jubilee festival and was the subject of a New York Times documentary series titled “Tastemakers.” Adrienne has appeared on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Good Dish, Food Network’s Star Plates with Mindy Kaling, Food & Wine, US Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Grubstreet, Eater, and more. She is the founder of Sunday Best, a pop-up series held in various locations around Harlem, and recently published her first cookbook also titled Sunday Best, from Clarkson Potter.