Antonio Phillips, professionally known as Chef Phill has been named as one of Atlanta’s hottest celebrity chefs by Travel Noire. After preparing a dinner for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and other celebrities for Diddy’s Super Bowl party alongside his colleague Chef Joe. Chef Phill was also seen cooking for the Braxton Family on an episode of their reality show, Braxton Family Values last season. Chef Phill recently prepared a private dinner for gospel superstar, Le’Andria Johnson and provided catering for the 85 South Show’s stop in Macon, Georgia. Chef Phill and his culinary masterpieces were seen during the premiere of the movie Key’s to the City which aired on BET on September 14, 2019.
What inspired you to become a chef?
I’ve always loved to cook, create new dishes and I’ve always worked in customer service. Being a chef has allowed me to combine my love for cooking and providing great customer service.
Describe your food in three words?
Delicious, different and art.
What is your favorite cuisine to cook?
I love to cook seafood. Seafood is pretty straightforward to cook, but it can be made into very elegant plated meals. Also, most of my customers request seafood dishes. So I am always in the kitchen trying to figure out ways to create new recipes to switch it up.
What is your greatest weakness, as a chef? What are you doing to improve on it?
In the past I had trouble sharing responsibilities. I wasn’t comfortable trusting others with work that I could complete, but needed help with doing in the event that I was double booked or had a large catering. So, I worked hard since last year on networking and collaborating with other great chefs that I can trust to assist me and I also assist them when needed. Doing that had helped me gradually learn to trust others.
What has been your greatest professional success and biggest setback?
My greatest success has been reaching the status of celebrity chef. That was one of my goals for last year and I spoke it, worked hard and it happened for me. My biggest setbacks were early on in my career. I started out doing meal preps. However, the clients were inconsistent with ordering and for a short while I contemplated if this was for me. But I changed my focus to caterings and private dinners and everything has been great since then.
Relaxing vacations or action vacations?
Relaxing vacations. My life is very fast paced and I rarely get days off. When I get a chance to go on vacation I definitely want to relax.
If you weren’t a chef what would you see yourself doing?
If I wasn’t a chef I would probably still be working in management in corporate America.
What’s a random hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never have?
Horseback riding. I’ve always wanted to learn to ride a horse as a kid and never got the chance.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a proud US Army veteran and I served in Iraq during the war.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go to France. I want to try authentic French cuisines. I was trained in French cuisine during culinary school, so that would be really dope.
If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
I would choose to hang on to the memory of the smile on my wife and kids faces. I work really hard to make them proud and keep them happy.
How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?
Everyone can follow me on Instagram @chefphill35. Also, they can check out my website, http://www.chefphill.com to view my sample menus and order some of my All-Purpose Seasoning. Thank you!