Director of Operations
Taylor Brown has been part of the Great Lakes Culinary Center family since April of 2018 in the role of Event Assistant. Her talent and drive quickly resulted in a promotion to Event Coordinator. In 2020 with a restructuring of the organization Taylor was named Director of Operations for the Great Lakes Culinary Center and has embraced her new role wholeheartedly. Although she's had a love for this industry her whole life, she became serious about pursuing a career in Event Planning during her studies at Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). Taylor always shoots big with her ideas and truly believes in leading by example. She always encourages people to try everything at least once and is known for her creative solutions when planning a memorable and unique event for clients. In her free time Taylor loves to travel with friends, decorate her home and cuddle her Golden Doodle puppy, Beau! If she had to choose three words to describe herself, they would be: go-getter, creative and loving. Taylor is known for going the extra mile for her clients, embraces our company’s core values, and her ultimate goal is to enable all of our staff to bring your vision to life for an occasion you will always remember.
Chef Shanel DeWalt has been an important part of the Great Lakes Culinary Center for the past three years as Sous Chef and now has taken the lead as Executive Chef! She is the former owner and Executive Personal Chef of Divine Indulgence Personal Chef Services LLC., which provided an exclusive culinary experience for private, corporate and social events. ChefShanelis known for creating high quality full course meals, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts for all occasions. She excels at preparing specialty menus for weddings, private romantic dinners, conferences, holiday parties, and small business & corporate events utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients. Chef DeWalt has been cooking professionally for almost 10 years, earning an Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from the Schoolcraft College Culinary Program. She resides in Redford, MI. Her former self-owned company has been recognized by Comcast Business and The HUB Detroit for her commitment and pursuit of excellence in business. Further, Chef Shanel has been recognized in Michigan Chronicle in the “Best of Young Detroit” section by UAW-Ford and you can find some of her favorite healthy side dish recipes on CBSDetroit.com. Chef DeWalt is excited for the future of the Great Lakes Culinary Center and looks forward to creating one-of-a-kind culinary experiences for all of our valued clients!
Director of Events
Erika Miller has been a part of the GLCC team since April of 2014. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Erika worked in career placement for a few years, followed by a marketing role for Henry Ford Hospital. When taking on the role as Event Coordinator here at GLCC, it was just her and Chef Reva helping to create what this business is today. Her passion for seeing events come to life, paired with Chef Reva’s creative love for food and powerful flavors have been a driving force. Erika enjoys interacting with people and relationship building to achieve one common goal…a fabulous event! Her quick responses to clients and attention to detail is something she is most complimented on. In her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with her husband of almost 7 years and raising their two boys together. She also enjoys raising awareness for orphans in West Africa, traveling, exercising and shopping. She looks forward to helping you with your next event and reminding you that “no detail is too small!”