Bryce Fluellen is the head chef and owner of Yams Catering. Along with preparing delicious southern favorites in a healthier form, Chef Bryce is proud to be a nutrition advocate who takes a hands-on approach towards the fight against childhood obesity. His 20 years of experience in the food industry provides him with broad knowledge that includes running a kitchen, cooking demonstrations and classes, creating recipes, and operations consulting.
Although Chef Bryce established YAMs in 2007, his passion for healthy eating started as a child when his Aunt Bessie May – YAMs is MAY backwards – introduced him to the notion of cooking with local, fresh, seasonal foods. Aunt Bessie would often take Bryce on trips to local farmers markets to experience fresh produce, long before it was popular. He learned early on that southern cuisine didn’t have to be unhealthy – it could also be fresh, light, and good for the soul! This early adoption of a high food IQ and because Chef comes from a family with deep history of heart, kidney, and hypertension disease, Bryce has recently adopted a majority plant-based diet in order to combat these issues.
Chef Bryce’s YAMS Catering has executed hundreds of flawless events, parties, and large scale meetings for his diverse, steady client roster that includes notables Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sherri Sheppard, NBC Universal, American Heart Association, AARP, Urban League, Soul Train, and The Miles Davis Estate.
Bryce has also partnered with the American Heart Association as Chef/Instructor for their Kids Cook with Heart Program, a 10-week class designed to curtail the onset of childhood obesity by teaching students healthy food facts and basic skills to prepare their own healthy meals at home. The program is held at inner city public elementary and high schools across Los Angeles County.
His community outreach and teaching extends through partnerships with Los Angeles based non-profits L.A.’s Promise, Community Service Unlimited, Social Justice Learning Institute, Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy, Urban League, AARP and expanding his presence with American Heart Association by becoming a Power to End Stroke Ambassador and contributing writer on their site.
Prior to becoming a chef, Bryce worked in the corporate world as a District Manager of Licensed Stores for Starbucks Coffee Company along with spending several years with Magic Johnson Enterprises/Johnson Development Company as the Director of Operations responsible for developing and overseeing partnerships with Magic Johnson Theatres/ Loews Cineplex, Starbucks Coffee Company/Urban Coffee Opportunities, and Magic Johnson’s T.G.I. Friday partnerships in under-served, minority communities all across the United States.