Chef Dee Lavigne is a New Orleans native born and raised in the 9th ward. She started baking and cooking at the age of 7. Being the middle sibling of 8, her mom would only allow her to use ingredients plentiful in the family kitchen, i.e., Flour, Sugar, Eggs, and Milk. With those items, her pastry bones were born. It wasn’t until she had taken a home economics class that she knew she was supposed to dedicate her life to food. In January of 2003, Chef Dee Lavigne Graduated from The Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, she chose a career in the retail food industry. Chef Dee worked at Whole Foods Markets for 15 years in the bakery department. During the course of her career, she and her husband expanded their family with two wonder boys Reynell Jr now 16, and Russell now 6.
In 2014 Russell was born, and she felt an overwhelming feeling to be home with her newborn and spend more time with Reynell (16), who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. After baking items for family, friends, and church members, she decided to start her own business, Deelightful Cupcakes, in July of 2016. Her business is steadily growing, and new and exciting things are happening all the time.
In 2017 Chef Dee was awarded The Paul McIlhenny Culinary Entrepreneurism Scholarship through the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.
In 2017 and 2018, Chef Dee Lavigne won the Big Top Carnival Baking Competition that was mentioned in BAKE Magazine.
In Early 2018 she was accepted into the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Catapult Fund and graduated from the program in the fall of 2018.
In 2019 she became a member of the New Orleans regional black chamber of commerce.
Chef Dee has been working with local TV Station WWL-TV4 as Assistant Production Producer with local Kit Wohl and Elizabeth Williams of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum for the Sunday Morning News Food Segment.