11-Year-Old Chef Kisses Feeds her Milwaukee Community and Her Passion for Cooking through Catering

Growing Up To Be Chef Kisses

The truth about talent is that it takes time, practice, and determination. Raquelle Boyd learned this lesson from her family who loved the kitchen. Boyd said as a baby she would sit by her father as he prepared dinner and served as a taste tester, eating every bite that was given to her. 

Boyd has taken those memories and lessons and now caters to community organizations and runs a pop-up drive-through for close friends and family at just 11 years old.

The young chef began her culinary journey on a griddle at around five years old, making breakfast for her family. She was gifted a fryer by her family. She eventually graduated to the stove at nine years old where she learned her parent’s recipes, and like a true cook, she made every recipe her own.

“What I need to cook is a clean kitchen, some music, or a good show,” said Boyd.

Her culinary role models include Gordan Ramsey and Bobby Flay.

At 11 years old, Raquelle Boyd, known professionally as Chef Kisses, has built a culinary career with her catering services in Milwaukee. (Picture by BRGFX Photography)
At 11 years old, Raquelle Boyd, known professionally as Chef Kisses, has built a culinary career with her catering services in Milwaukee. (Picture by BRGFX Photography)

Parental Support

Boyd’s parents have accompanied their daughter step of the way of the learning process as her talents and skills improved. They are deeply involved in her passion for cooking.

Boyd’s parents are present at every event and help with the preparation before a big event. The couple, Sarhena and Robert Boyd Jr. have been keen to teach their daughter about the business side of her catering. Every meal Boyd wants to prepare is priced out to teach her the value of the products she works with and fiscal responsibility.

The 11-year-old is also learning life skills.

“Outside of business, I think [she learned] being a calm person and actually having a good spirit and actually wanting to cook,” said Chef’s Kisses father, Boyd Jr. “I think the biggest thing I enjoyed was watching her go from a skillet to a deep fryer to an actual stove.”

The Drive to Grow

Boyd has served several businesses including Bank Columbia Savings and Loans, Horicon Bank, and St. Marcus School.

She hopes to eventually open a food truck and restaurant serving some of her favorites such as fried chicken and fries. Boyd is excited about her future in the kitchen and hopes to see more young chefs in the kitchen.

“You’re never too young to follow your dreams,”  said Chef Kisses.

Maria Peralta-Arellano is a Milwaukee-native journalist who focuses on sharing news from her local communities. She dedicates her work to accessibility and producing bilingual coverage focused on arts, culture, and politics. She looks to explore her community through a journalistic and creative lens.

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