Tanorria Askew of Tanorria’s Table is a passionate home cook turned Chef. She is the proud owner of Tanorria’s Table where she works as a personal chef and tv personality as well as owner of Treats by Tanorria, a specialty cake mix company. Tanorria has a keen sense of flavor and prides herself in making everything she cooks memorable. With her cooking roots originating from Tennessee, Tanorria has fun putting a modern spin on American Comfort Food.Her culinary credentials are simple. She comes from the “Culinary Institute of Her Parents & Grandparents”. Born in Chattanooga, TN, and raised in Indianapolis, IN, she traveled to be with family a lot. There was never a time where her family came together without an amazing home cooked meal. Growing up her family was always the family who did the entertaining and the cooking. She got to witness, first hand, how food can show love, compassion, unity, and fun.
A 2016 contestant on MasterChef hosted by Gordon Ramsay, Tanorria walked away as the 4th best home cook in America. Tanorria won over producers, judges, and America with her southern culinary roots and sassy personality. Gordon Ramsay donned her shrimp and grits as the best shrimp and grits he’s ever had in the MasterChef kitchen!
Tanorria spent 15 years at Teachers Credit Union before leaving to follow her culinary dreams. During that time, she worked her way through the ranks from Sales Representative, Member Service Representative, Assistant Manager, and Training and Organizational Development Specialist. Tanorria was the champion and practitioner for Teachers Credit Union’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. She blended her passion for cooking and her passion for D&I to create Unity Tables. A safe space for women of different races, cultures and backgrounds to sit around a dinner table and share their heart as a way to create unity.
While Tanorria loves cooking for her clients Diversity and Inclusion Chairperson of the board for a non-profit called Slow Food Indy, and serves as Team Lead for the Hospitality Team at one of the fastest growing churches in the city, Mercy Road Church. In addition to her volunteer leadership duties, she also serves with Food 4 Souls and Second Helpings, both non-profit organizations who serve to feed people in need in Indianapolis.
Above all, Tanorria encourages everyone to love deeply, laugh often, and eat really well. Have a Seat at Tanorria’s Table!