Chandra Muhammad is a thirty year sales professional , marketer and CEO of her own fifteen year catering company. She graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While working full-time in college, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Science in Journalism, with a minor in marketing and specialty in Advertising. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in many different sales and marketing arenas. Although she is a top performer in her current sales career, her passion for cooking supersedes it all.
A PASSION FOR COOKING
She developed this passion for cooking at the age of six, when her uncle’s encouraged her to stand on a step-stool at the stove to cook them breakfast. While growing up, her desire to serve and feed those in need of great tasting food continued through her high school and college career. She often planned and cooked for many college and organizational events. Known as the College Cook, she often whipped up meals in less than 30 minutes for many of her college friends and visiting family members. By adding her own special, Creole twist to a recipe shared by her friend, Stacy’s Aunt Lorraine, Chandra became known for her Signature Creole Chicken Fettuccine, which contained a special cheese sauce that is unmatched.
While in college, she married her college sweetheart, Patrick, and moved back to her home town, Houston. Her and Patrick, with strong Louisiana roots, began marketing and cooking for Houston organizations, churches and later, after joining, Muhammad Mosque 45. Mentored and supported by many of her friends, family and new spiritual family, Divine Creations Cuisine was born in 2005.
She learned and followed the culinary teachings and science of cooking by reading various books, practicing, watching numerous cooking shows, her mom, dad, aunts, grandparents and her mentor and sister, Valerie Muhammad who sparked the idea to start the catering company. Her and her mentor, Valerie, continue to work together to provide guests and Muslim women and girls the opportunity to become master cooks. In doing so, Valerie and Chandra developed the Mosque 45 Culinary Team.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL IN CUISINE
Her life-long desire is to own and operate a fleet of food trucks in every city in the nation providing communities with great food options and classes to learn how to prepare healthy meals. She also desires to be a famous cook that brings communities to the air on the Food Network.
Her love of travel also inspires her to move around the world cooking for diverse communities. Her love for her two boys, husband and travel has inspired her to begin working towards the ownership of a fleet of food trucks or trailers. She does this all in the name of her spiritual background, which teaches how to eat to live and how to honor and serve others through the nourishment of wholesome, creative, quality food.
Now known as Chan the Neighborhood Cook, she commits to preparing foods with mostly fresh, quality ingredients, and offers exceptional customer service and value. She offers delicious, creative meals with a creole twist. It is gourmet catered cuisine with a Creole twist. The culinary style, quality and brave approach to healthy and unique dishes mean she dares to be different and strives for perfection. Divine Creations meals are both filling and flavorful.
Brother Patrick Muhammad, affectionately known as Daddy Pat, was born in Beaumont, Texas. Patrick is the seventh of eight children. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Administration in Corporate Finance from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he played football and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, INC.
Currently , he is a Budget and Financial Analyst for NASA in Houston, Texas. He has been a registered believer at Mosque 45 for 25 years. He currently serves as the Local Secretary and has served in this position for 15 years. He and Sis Chandra met at UNT 33 years ago. They have two sons, Samad (21) and Ahmad (18). Brother Patrick and Sis Chan have been together for over 33 years.
Sister Chandra Muhammad, otherwise known as Chan the Neighborhood Cook and Chef Chan, was born in Houston, Texas. She is the eldest of two girls. She has a Bachelor Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and Marketing from the University of North Texas. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC. She has a 22 year career history in Pharmaceutical Sales. Although she still works in the industry , she continues to pursue her passion-cooking. She has been a registered believer since 1997. She shares her passion for cooking in the mosque and the community, as a whole. She is the Mosque 45 Culinary Team Captain and co-creator of the Regional Headquarters, Mosque 45 culinary team.
She is the majority owner of Divine Creations Cuisine Catering, LLC in
Houston, Texas and DC Pop Up. She has developed a cooking merchandise line, which includes aprons, hats and t-shirts showcasing the brand. With the help of their youngest son, Ahmad, her first private label seasoning was born- “Keep it Creole All-Purpose Seasoning. Chan the Neighborhood Cook developed her own social media cooking segment during the pandemic, called “Sharing is Caring”. She offers cooking coaching classes, meal prep services, in-home chef services and full-service catering for 25-200 guests. A cookbook is also in the making, along with the bottling of her signature remoulade sauce and Texas Hot Sauce .
Brother Patrick (Daddy Pat) has been instrumental in assisting and supporting all of these accomplishments. Together, they invested in their first food truck called “DC Pop UP”. With Brother Patrick, the boys (Samad and Ahmad), her mother and father (Sheila and Elroy), her brother-in-laws (Frank and John Muhammad), this new business venture is truly family affair.