ABOUT US

At Your Request is a boutique culinary business based in the near west suburbs of Chicago, offering personalized coaching, collaboration, and catering.

Our mission is "to be a trusted, on-call culinary partner to each of of our clients, effectively meeting their unique cooking-related needs at any stage in life."  

OWNER

CHEF LASHANTA' LE'SURE

Chef LaShanta' Le'Sure has enjoyed a robust and unique range of experience in the culinary world. Throughout her career, she has provided food service for innumerable events, from boxed lunches to formal plated affairs, and for groups of eight to 200. Her work frequently takes her beyond the walls of the traditional catering kitchen--hosting private classes as corporate team-building activities, offering unique cooking experiences to support non-profit fundraisers, presenting on the nutrition of food, and even developing a training program to help home cooks in under-served communities learn the essentials of professional cooking and, in turn, gain access to new employment opportunities. She has always drawn inspiration from the happiness and fulfillment that comes from serving delicious meals, and teaching others to do the same.

 

Reflecting on her wide-ranging culinary experiences, LaShanta' realized that it was in the classroom and in other very personal mentorship interactions that she found the most joy and love for her craft. She frequently quotes reknowned Chef Jose Andres who said, "I don't believe I'm a chef; I try to be a storyteller." Through culinary coaching and collaboration, she seeks to  teach others how food can tell stories, the role it has played in her story--and to help them tell their own stories through food. 

LaShanta' received her formal training at Triton College, just outside of Chicago, where she was recognized for her strong culinary and patisserie skills, and hired shortly after graduation. She teaches a range of courses at the school, including Basic Cooking, Introductory and Advanced Baking & Pastry, Artisan Chocolates, Dining Room Service, and Catering Management. With a reputation for being not only a skilled cook, but a strong mentor and teacher, her courses frequently have lengthy wait lists.

TESTIMONIALS

If you've ever attended one of Chef LaShanta's catered events, you'll know that she is extremely talented and a master at her craft. As one of her students in both a classroom setting and private lessons, I was impressed with her patience for all of our questions, our different learning abilities and her down to earth approach to teaching. Her enthusiasm and confidence are contagious. I'm looking forward to all of my future lessons with her!

PATTY MARTIN

When I decided to change my career, I was so scared to make a change. Chef LaShanta helped me focus and gain confidence. She is very dedicated and passionate to the culinary arts, she pushed me to be better which broadened my knowledge and perspective on the hospitality industry. Chef has always offered guidance and understanding, which helped me to have better confidence in myself. She brought out the best in me and allowed me to be creative and present my own ideas. Thank you for the support and advice to help me get in shape for my new career adventure. Thank you for being a great mentor! 

MAUREEN

It's always a pleasure taking any of the classes that Chef LaShanta is teaching. You know right off that you are going to work hard, have fun but, most importantly, learn. Chef demonstrates a recipe and techniques, provides the students with instructions, then sets us free to work independently on the task at hand. You can always count on her to help if you run into a problem during any process. Chef is very detailed, organized, and lots of fun. She is truly a beautiful person both inside and out with an infectious laughter. I am blessed to know her. Such a gem!

IVETTE

At Your Request did an incredible job catering our wedding. Everyone raved about the food and are still talking about it one year later. I will certainly call on At Your Request for future events. 

QUINN DAVIS

At Your Request is a five-star caterer. I can't recommend them highly enough. We are so pleased with how the whole event turned out and hope to work with At Your Request again in the near future. 

KRIS MICHAELS

I have had the pleasure of working with Chef LaShanta’ Le’Sure during several events that were hosted by Aspire, a non-for-profit organization. LaShanta’ is professional, reliable and extremely creative bringing fresh ideas to all events while keeping the customer's budget in mind. She is tremendously patient, and so passionate about food and sharing her food knowledge. Thank you for all of your time and support at Aspire!

SHERRY

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that everything was wonderful. Everyone loved the cake cupcakes and cookies. Everything was perfect! Thank you so much! We look forward to working with you again in the future.

RACHEL S.

Thank you for working so hard at our party. I didn’t expect you to do nearly as much as you did, but you were BEYOND full service. Thank you so very much, and I can’t wait to use your services this summer!

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