Early Years

At an early age, having experienced many hardships from bodily injuries to homelessness Chef Vaughn Crenshaw’s life was an emotional roller coaster. His introduction into the world of cooking began at the age of nine while watching Emeril Lagasse. He realized then that cooking would become his “meal ticket” out of the inner city of Paterson NJ. By moving to Hackensack NJ, the change in zip code not only provided a better quality of life; it sewed a seed of promise and potential nurtured by his loving family, teachers, and mentors.

Now We're Cooking

After graduation, starting as an assistant banquet chef & line cook, Vaughn matured personally and professionally. He quickly put his skills to use moving from sous chef, to head line cook and now Executive Chef. He has helped open many restaurants and acts as a consultant for local establishments. His love for learning has kept him busy working with a variety of skilled chefs and owners. While he maintains a hectic schedule, Vaughn still volunteers as an assistant coach to team members of his high school’s track team.

As a certified culinary instructor, he takes out time to mentor young men and women in and outside of the kitchen. One example of this mentorship is his collaboration when he co-teaches a class at the Paterson Adult & Continuing Education program. Vaughn’s fusion of Rustic and contemporary cooking styles make him a much sought after chef. He has cooked for celebrities such as Rap Legends, MC Lyte, Ice-T, and Queen Latifah to name a few. Chef Vaughn’s charismatic storytelling and culinary skills landed him a spot on Food Network’s Chopped as a chef-testant. From humbled beginnings to a prominent future, Chef Vaughn Crenshaw is making his mark on the culinary world one plate at a time!

Chef Vaughn

Past Clients

Lisa Nichols
Author & Motivational Speaker

Lil' Kim
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist

Brian Cushing
Houston Texans

Tom Coughlin
NY Giants

Fat Joe
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist

Paul Mooney
Award-Winning Comedian/Actor

Hilary Clinton
US Secretary of State

Bart Scott
NY Jets

Queen Latifah
Emmy-Award Winning Actress

Draya Michele
Basketball Wives of LA

Tracy "Ice T" Marrow

Anthony Elfonzia
Celebrity Fitness & Wellness Coach

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Phone: 201-815-8463