How do you go from managing hip hop stars to making mac and cheese a star? Meet Derrick Turton, aka Chef Teach of World Famous House of Mac. Since inception in 2015, Chef Teach could be spotted in his mobile food truck bearing his trademark logo, delivering his irresistible dishes at the Wynwood Yard in South Florida. The mac and cheese-centric eatery took Miami’s food scene to exciting new heights as fans lined around for blocks to sample the mouthwatering mixed-style Caribbean soul-food. His elaborate Caribbean flair has enticed locals and celebrities alike to claim Chef Teach as their “go-to guy” for catering events. Teach attended culinary school in 1998, but began his professional career in the music industry instead of heading right into the culinary world.
There he managed Pitbull for more than 15 years while working alongside other hip-hop royalty such as A$AP Rocky and Yo Gotti. During his time in the music industry, Teach developed friendships with artists such as N.O.R.E. and Fat Joe in and out of the studio. Next thing you know, he often found himself cooking amazing dishes for his friends.
After devouring Teach’s decadent variations of mac and cheese and discovering his unsurpassed culinary talent, friends like Bun B encouraged Teach to “take the cooking thing more seriously.” Bun B convinced Teach to prepare some of his signature dishes for his guests and observe their reactions, just to show Teach how good he really was. The crowd went wild! Then after his father’s passing in 2013, Teach felt an immense urge to do something meaningful with his life, inspiring him to take his friends’ advice, circle back to his culinary roots, and build his legacy as “Chef Teach.” In honor of his beloved father, Teach designed a caricature of his father’s face, which is now the renowned World Famous Mac and Cheese logo.
Celebrities like Rick Ross, Fat Joe and A$AP Mob are huge fans of Chef Teach’s scrumptious dishes. The coolest recognition yet? According to Teach himself, the Venus and Serena Williams Invitational were amongst his biggest and most prestigious events that he has catered thus far. Recent celebrity fans include Anthony Hamilton, Pitbull, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Nate Robinson, Daymond John, ASAP Ferg, Fab 5 Freddy, Miami’s own Trick Daddy, Christian Combs, Charles Oakley, Uncle Luke, and more.
Now, with his third brick and mortar location, Chef Teach opened his World Famous House of Mac at Central Fare, Downtown Miami’s newest food hub, with former Carolina Panthers’ defensive end, Charles Johnson. There, he’s whipping up food phenoms like jerk salmon pasta, fried chicken and French vanilla waffles, and of course his signature mac and cheese dishes (like his World Famous Five Cheese Truffle Mac, Pizza Mac & Cheese, and Seafood Mac & Cheese).
With three locations under his belt, Chef Teach has his eyes set towards a nationwide expansion and his future is blazing bright with packed out locations and major social media buzz. See Instagram