Meet the Team: Executive Chef/CEO Ursula Gatti Rafer
Ursula Gatti Rafer was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. . . And from a very early age thanks to 4H, her family and friends was always immersed in foodie culture. At the age of 15 years old she started working in several well known restaurants both there and in the city of New Orleans. She learned many styles of cooking and became an expert in French-Creole Cuisine and the Food History of her native state.
In 1996, Ursula moved to Boca Raton, Florida to be closer to her father, John Gatti, Jr. In Florida she continued to expand on her knowledge of cooking working in restaurants and culinary schools. She is certified through the national registry of food safety managers and is a member of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA).
By 2006, Ursula began her own baking company The Cupcake Chef…an ALL vegan bakery, and then in 2009 her personal chef/on site catering business Divine Dining Florida.
Ursula has shared her passion for creating edible masterpieces with 1000s of students and feels that people are unnecessarily intimidated by food, so she encourages her students to experiment with spices and taste new things. By combining her love for cooking and artwork, she has created many amazing meals and desserts that weren’t only delicious, but were also pieces of art! Ursula has taught cooking lessons for Miele USA, Whole Foods, Publix Aprons and Private Team building venues since 2010. Chef Ursula and her amazing team (see below) can’t wait to create your next EPIC event…the food will change your life🙌👩🍳
Chef/ Co-Owner Christina Stathopoulos
Chef Christina is a master of Greek cuisine as this is her background and has been with Divine from it’s inception in 2009. She has extensive restaurant experience, but took her love of food to a new level becoming a partner and regular culinary teacher for Divine. She can be seen at our pop up events, cooking classes and running the show in Chef Ursula’s absence.
Sous Chef Emma Silverman
Chef Emma joined our team in 2018. She is a talented British trained chef, who happens to be Vegan, but has an extensive background in a variety of ethic cuisines and is a master of prime rib. Emma hopes to one day have her own fish n chips truck…We’ll keep you posted on the opening.
Sous Chefs Rasheeda Wallerson and Andrea Weisberg Karsch
Rasheeda started with Divine in 2011 as Chef Ursula’s Executive Assistant, and Although she now runs her own finance and life planning business can still be found mingling and cheffing at our Corporate Green Living Events.
Andrea is a talented Vegetarian Chef that has been with Divine since 2013 as a member of our meal prep and party team. Her love of clean, fresh and whole plant based foods is infectious. She champions our recycling and low food waste goals each year.
Divine is proud to have such and amazing team that always aims to give 10X the value to our loyal customers.