SEASON 1 CASTING
DINNER BUDGET BATTLE
A native of Detroit, MI, Raina moved to California to follow her dreams of being a singer and songwriter in the City of Angels. Her family had restaurants back in Michigan so she has always been hustling in the kitchen.
After moving to LA, Raina's food budget was super tight. With the help of networking, Raina started cooking for musicians' studio sessions to get her access to the studio and to make ends meet.
Even though she is from the Great Lakes area, Raina specializes in elevated Southern comfort food as well as her fun and fresh take on her brunch recipes. Raina loves to create special meals for her friends' birthdays and go all out.
Raina is currently on a weight loss journey so she spends a lot of time making sure that not only are her meals budget-friendly but also health conscious. To stay on track, Raina creates a lot of her meals by scratch and always has a stocked spice pantry because she knows you can make anything delicious with a great flavor profile.
In the kitchen, Raina stays cool, calm and collected when she is under pressure. Having budgeted for food since she was a teenager making food for her friends after school, Raina feels like she has this competition already in the bag.