Beats to Eats: Derrick Turton a.k.a. Chef Teach's Journey from Music Mogul to Mac & Cheese MaestroSo Ambitious

Beats to Eats: Derrick Turton a.k.a. Chef Teach's Journey from Music Mogul to Mac & Cheese Maestro

Meet the man who made Mac & Cheese cool - Derrick Turton a.k.a. Chef Teach, went from managing music artists to becoming the culinary force behind the World Famous House of Mac in Miami. Renowned for his exceptional mac and cheese, Chef Teach's story is a testament to resilience, adaptation, and the pursuit of passion.

In this episode, Derrick imparts invaluable lessons learned from the music industry that laid the groundwork for his triumphs in the culinary world. You’re going to learn the secret sauce behind House of Mac's branding success and Derrick’s key to mastering the art of cultivating and leveraging relationships. Derrick also gets vulnerable as he shares the poignant moment that sparked his renewed focus on legacy-building after the passing of his father and the biggest storms he had to weather to keep his employees and legacy alive through COVID.

Get ready to uncover the roots of Derrick's fearlessness and relentlessness in entrepreneurship as he busts the biggest myths on entrepreneurship and imparts crucial wisdom on pursuing passion over chasing monetary gains. Tune in for an episode filled with entrepreneurial gems and the savory tales behind House of Mac's rise to culinary stardom.


  • (1:26) - Derrick Turton's transition from music mogul to culinary sensation, Chef Teach
  • (3:24) - Derrick’s biggest lessons from managing artists that led to successfully running House of Mac
  • (5:02) - How the passing of his father prompted Derrick’s renewed focus on building a legacy
  • (7:20) - How Derrick created culture, community, and an empire from Mac & Cheese
  • (11:46) - Where Derrick gets his fearlessness & relentlessness in entrepreneurship from
  • (17:45) - The secret behind Derrick’s branding strategy & success
  • (19:31) - Mastering the art of cultivating and leveraging relationships in entrepreneurship
  • (21:36) - House of Mac’s evolution from food truck to restaurant empire
  • (26:07) - How Derrick weathered the storm through COVID and kept his company afloat
  • (33:52) - Derrick busts the biggest myth about entrepreneurship
  • (35:35) - Derrick’s insights on the importance of pursuing passion over chasing monetary gains


“Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens.” - Derrick Turton

“Culture is different. It's not one size fits all.” - Derrick Turton


Derrick Turton

IG | @bigteach718

House of Mac

IG | @worldfamoushouseofmac

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