Adrienne Cheatham grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she worked bussing tables at age 12 in the restaurant managed by her mother. After studying Finance & Journalism at Florida A&M University, Adrienne went on to assist in pastry in the banquet/production kitchen at the Sandestin Resort on the Gulf of Mexico. Since realizing her passion for cooking, Adrienne started at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City in 2005. She received her first job offer at Le Barnardin, after graduation, where she went on to work from 2007-2015 and became Exec Sous Chef.
In 2016, Adrienne created the Black History Month menu at Red Rooster Harlem which included a five-course dinner inspired by other female chefs.