We had the good fortune of connecting with Robyn Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robyn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My passion is cooking! I absolutely love every part of it…….from prep to clean up! I love watching people eat the food I prepare and enjoy it. I have been a professional chef, in the game for over 20 years now. For so long, I always worked so hard for someone else’s business. If I can make their businesses succeed, surely I can start and make my own business succeed. I was afraid of failing for a very long time. Then I realized (real eyes) not starting my own business would be the real failure. I am great at what I do and a damn good professional! Thats not conceit, its confidence. I have paid my dues, and continue to. Learning is a continual process, never stops. Once I accepted that, failing doesn’t even really exist anymore. Each situation is a new opportunity to do it even better!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Robyn Carter, the Professional Chef, but also an artist…..because I am definitely sensitive about my sh*t! (shoutout to Ms Erykah Badu). I started working in restaurants when I was 14 years old and fell in love! While I was attending university, I decided to go to culinary school instead. Did that and haven’t looked back. Being a free spirit, has moved me to many different locations. Allowing me the priceless opportunities to train under numerous chefs. Paying my dues is something I continue to do to this day! It has taken me basically my entire career to build this confidence that I have in what I do. A lot of hard work and sacrifice, and it shows in my work. I cook and work with PASSION! Making comfort food with it’s suit and tie on, is absolutely my favorite thing to do! The ancestors come through me while I am cooking.

Learning to overcome challenges is something I work with everyday. Each new day is a new opportunity to do it even better! As long as I continue to do what I love…..I know it will take care of me. For so long I was so afraid of failure. Once I learned and accepted that failure was not an option, the fear kinda goes away and becomes the driving force behind your success. Forward movement is all that really matters and if you aren’t doing, how can you move forward? I have just learned that accepting things, make them a whole lot easier to deal with.

Having worked from dishwasher to executive head chef, to server, to bartender and everything in between……..I have what it takes to run a successful food business. Passion is what I have for feeding people and sharing that passion professionally, is what I want people to know about me and my brand.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would go to all types of places to eat! Definitely would take advantage of where we are. See everything that there is to possibly see. Go to any festivals that may be in the area. Try some outdoor activities if weather is permitting. Check out the night scene. Enjoy some water activities if available. Basically eat and enjoy our way through wherever we are. Take time to recharge and just relax in the home too. I think the most interesting and exciting thing about being some place is being there. Taking the time to see and visit with the culture. Learning it and how to live in it! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My entire family and my SUNS have always had my back since day one! I got a village…..a real good one! Strong, supportive, caring, loving; everything you could ask for and more!”

I’m afraid my other siblings may be upset if I don’t specifically name them too. So this way, everyone is good.
Also, I was wondering if you could incorporate in the 3rd question’s response, “that I highlight local flavors and products by sourcing from small, local farms around Richmond, VA.

Website: CarolinaGirlCatering.com

Instagram: @carolinagirlcatering

Twitter: @carolinagcaters

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Dwayne Morris Photography Alexander Adams Media VA One Third Marketing + Design

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