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About Us

Our Mission

Hot Pans Comfort Food and Catering is a full catering and meal prep company servicing NW Indiana. Our mission is to prepare authentic Southern comfort food while adding a twist of culinary expertise to the menu for your dining convenience. Menu items vary from Rosemary Garlic & herb baked chicken with creamy four cheese mac n cheese, to firecracker shrimp with Cajun rice. If you're looking for great food with a comforting experience, Hot Pans Comfort Food and Catering satisfies your catering needs.

Our Pots stay Hot, when yours are not.

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Our Owner/Chef

Chef Portia Gurley, a Chicago native was born and raised on the south side of Chicago in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Since elementary School in the third grade, she always knew she wanted to be a chef. She recalls pointing at two flashcards to her school teacher. One of a chef and one of a businesswoman. During her course, she has managed to achieve both.


Chef Portia began cooking at a very early age. She remembers at age 14 when she cooked her very first Thanksgiving dinner all by herself for her and her siblings. Her love and passion for food and her older sister, told her to pursue an education in culinary arts and business management.


Chef Portia received her degree in business management in 2006 from Robert Morris University in Chicago and shortly thereafter pursued her degree in culinary arts in 2010 from Robert Morris University in Orland Park, Il.


From then she has kept her dream alive of becoming an independently licensed Chef creating Hot Pans Catering. Her love and passion for food shows in her southern and freestyle cooking.

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