Our Chefs

Nate Turner (AASCA, BSBA)

Executive Chef & Owner

Nattiel Turner is a native of Maryland, but moved to Charlotte three days after his high school graduation to pursue his degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. During his tenure at Johnson & Wales he managed various restaurants and completed internships with the Nutrition & Diet Department at Carolina’s Medical Center focusing on meal plans and nutrition regimens. In addition to his academics and work schedule, Nattiel was also involved in the planning and opening of Georges Brassier in South Park. Nattiel had the distinct honor to study under Chef Carrie Hegnauer, Chef Fred Teiss and Chef Shane Pearson and attributes his skills to their dedication and mentoring while at Johnson & Wales . Although his passion for cooking began at an early age with his mother, Chef Rebecca Padgett guiding him, he began career development under Chef Tony Hilligoss at Parkside High School in the culinary arts program.

"Nate's food was to die for."

He received his Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in 2008. Upon graduation, he continued to manage restaurants and hospitality along with offering private chef services in the Charlotte metro area. In 2012, he opened Your Custom Catering & Events, a full-service catering and events firm. His idea was to offer catering and event management to those who were priced out of the big-name competitors within the industry. Following his first open tasting, which was attended by more than three hundred potential clients, his calendar quickly filled. Five years later, with more than twenty employees and the ability to cater events for 500+ guests, he is considered one of the best in Charlotte. He has been named one of “Charlotte’s Best Caterers” for two years consecutively. His company has consistently received the Spectrum Customer Service Award for three years as well. Nattiel prides himself in a client centered approach to catering and event management and maintains an “A+ Rating” and is an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and is listed as an accredited business in the North Carolina.

In addition to his culinary prowess, he is also very involved in his community. His philanthropic beneficiaries include the Charlotte Men’s Shelter, Time Out Youth, Urban Ministry, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and The Relatives. In 2017, Nate was honored as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 Under 30 for his entrepreneurial success and what he has given to the Charlotte community through his business, activism and volunteerism.

"Since my wedding, I have contracted Chef Nate and his staff to do my baby shower and a birthday party."

Tarron Ludy

Executive Chef & Director of Operations

Tarron has studied culinary arts extensively under Chef Nate and has been an asset to the Your Custom Catering & Events team since joining.

Some of Our Clients Include…

CIAA

Novant Health

Charlotte Pride

Mayor Jennifer Roberts

Carolina Healthcare System

Urban League

Jack & Jill

Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte Chamber

Charlotte City Council

 

Our Team

Over the past five years, Your Custom Catering & Events has assembled a capable team of chefs, sous chefs, servers and bar tenders.  With more than thirty years of experience in the catering, restaurant and hospitality industry, they are second to none.  Each client is met with their experience and we continue to be one of Charlotte’s top caterers because of them!

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"Chef Nate and his team were magnificent. From the tasting to the cocktail hour and the reception, the attention to detail was undeniable."

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