Chef Emme Catering Co. is an award-winning, full service catering company serving Seattle and surrounding cities. We approach every event with creativity and meticulous attention to detail. Since founding Chef Emme Catering Co. in 2013, chef and owner Emme Ribeiro Collins has built a team of chefs and event planners who are passionate about serving great food and creating memorable moments. We take pride in customizing every detail to our clients’ taste and budget — and producing parties where our clients feel as relaxed as their guests.
We have been featured in various publications, including Seattle Magazine, Seattle Bride Magazine, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, Pacific Northwest Weddings and New Day Northwest. In 2019, we won Seattle Bride Magazine's Best of 2019 Award.
Chef Emme is a Brazilian born Chef. Emme's family immigrated to the Seattle Area in 1994. In 1999, Emme's family opened the first Brazilian restaurant in Seattle. Emme grew up in the restaurant industry with a big passion for food. In 2010 she attended Seattle Culinary Academy, where she graduated from as "Outstanding Culinarian” of her graduating class, chosen by her chef instructors.
After culinary school, Emme traveled to Washington D.C., where she worked at Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant. There, she worked under the tutelage of celebrity chef Nora Pouillon and her team. When she returned to Seattle, she spent time working at some of Seattle’s top restaurants and catering company - including award-winning restaurant, Mamnoon, where she worked under the James Beard-nominated Chef Garrett Melkonian.
In 2013, Emme began working as a Private Chef to celebrity & high profile clients in the Seattle area including, Eddie Vedder, Jamal Crawford and Craig McCaw. Her work as a private chef soon evolved to launching her boutique catering company, Chef Emme Catering Co. She has catered hundreds of events from weddings and birthday celebrations to corporate events.
In 2017, Emme took over he family's Brazilian restaurant and launched her concept, Alcove Dining Room. Alcove was an ode to her Afro-Brazilian roots and Pacific Northwest upbringing. Alcove received various accolades, including a 2.5-star review from The Seattle Times.
Emme is a member of Women Chef & Restauranteur organization and the Seattle chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier, where she is a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee. In 2019, she won the Legacy Award from LDEI and traveled to New Orleans to work with James Beard Award-Winner, Chef Nina Compton. She also serves as a member of the Chef Anne Foundation Advisory Board. The Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to promoting whole-ingredient, scratch-cooking in schools.
Emme has appeared on Food Network, FOX Network, New Day Northwest , Q13 Fox News, Globo International Television and NW Women Star of Food & Wine. Her work has been featured on Food Network Online, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met Bride and Groom, Pacific Northwest Weddings, The Kitchn, The New York Times, Seattle Weekly Blog, Examiner and Crave Local.