Deborah VanTrece

Twenty-five​ ​years​ ​of​ ​globetrotting​ ​culinary​ ​adventures​ ​will​ ​give​ ​you​ ​a​ ​good​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​what​ ​people like​ ​to​ ​eat.​ ​Chef​ ​Deborah​ ​VanTrece​ ​draws​ ​on​ ​a​ ​literal​ ​world​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​people​ ​comfort food​ ​that​ ​crosses​ ​cultural​ ​divides​ ​and​ ​speaks​ ​more​ ​languages​ ​than​ ​a​ ​guidebook.​ ​Well-known​ ​for her​ ​gourmet​ ​catering​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Atlanta​ ​area,​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​began​ ​her​ ​culinary​ ​career​ ​in​ ​1994​ ​when she​ ​graduated​ ​as​ ​the​ ​valedictorian​ ​of​ ​her​ ​class​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Institute.​ ​Working​ ​as​ ​an​ ​executive​ ​Chef for​ ​a​ ​catering​ ​company​ ​by​ ​1996,​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​enjoyed​ ​great​ ​success​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Centennial Olympics​ ​in​ ​Atlanta.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​hired​ ​to​ ​cook​ ​for​ ​many​ ​foreign​ ​dignitaries​ ​and​ ​international executives,​ ​and​ ​won​ ​acclaim​ ​for​ ​her​ ​mastery​ ​of​ ​imported​ ​cooking​ ​techniques​ ​and​ ​delicious globally-informed​ ​cuisine.​ ​After​ ​the​ ​Olympics,​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​opened​ ​Edible​ ​Art,​ ​a​ ​small restaurant​ ​and​ ​catering​ ​operation.​ ​Edible​ ​Art​ ​was​ ​a​ ​hit​ ​and​ ​helped​ ​to​ ​put​ ​the​ ​East​ ​Atlanta neighborhood​ ​on​ ​the​ ​map,​ ​laying​ ​the​ ​groundwork​ ​for​ ​the​ ​cultural​ ​epicenter​ ​that​ ​it’s​ ​become today.​ ​At​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​fusion​ ​restaurants​ ​and​ ​apple-tinis​ ​were​ ​all​ ​the​ ​rage,​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​was lifted​ ​up​ ​as​ ​a​ ​champion​ ​of​ ​great​ ​food​ ​with​ ​a​ ​clear​ ​vision.​ ​Her​ ​thoughtful​ ​take​ ​on soul food​ ​was​ ​a fresh​ ​reminder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​virtues​ ​of​ ​purity​ ​in​ ​cooking​ ​and​ ​eating.​ ​At Twisted Soul,​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece revived​ ​and​ ​updated​ ​the soul food​ ​principles​ ​she​ ​established​ ​at​ ​Edible​ ​Art.​ ​What​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece continues​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​is​ ​the​ ​concept​ ​of​ ​global soul food;​ ​the soul food​ ​of​ ​different​ ​cultures​ ​around​ ​the globe​ ​as​ ​she​ ​has​ ​experienced​ ​them.​ ​First​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​late​ ​2014, transitioning​ ​locations​ ​in​ ​2016, Twisted Soul​ ​Cookhouse​ ​&​ ​Pours’​ ​first​ ​iteration​ ​was​ ​voted​ ​best​ ​new​ ​restaurant​ ​in​ ​Atlanta​ ​by​ ​the Georgia​ ​Voice,​ ​ranked​ ​among​ ​the​ ​best​ ​new​ ​openings​ ​in​ ​Atlanta​ ​by​ ​Thrillist​ ​and​ ​has​ ​been​ ​rated​ ​by Zagat.​ ​Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​was​ ​featured​ ​twice​ ​on​ ​NBC’s​ ​Food​ ​Fighters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​of​ ​2015,​ ​winning each​ ​of​ ​her​ ​challenges.​ ​Her​ ​recipes​ ​have​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Cuisine​ ​Cook​ ​Book,​ ​and she​ ​continues​ ​her​ ​catering​ ​business​ ​with​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​distinctive​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Mercedes-Benz​ ​of Buckhead,​ ​the​ ​government​ ​of​ ​Fulton​ ​County,​ ​Alston​ ​&​ ​Bird​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Bureau​ ​of​ ​Cultural​ ​Affairs. Chef​ ​VanTrece​ ​has​ ​honed​ ​her​ ​skills​ ​over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​a​ ​25-year​ ​career,​ ​but​ ​her​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​food and​ ​feeding​ ​people​ ​has​ ​always​ ​been​ ​a​ ​foundational​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​her​ ​life.