The Team

The Green Planet team is made up of motivated & talented chefs, event managers, and service staff. Each member of our management team has 10 years or more in the food service business and specializes in high volume planning and logistics. Meet the people behind this vision:




Daniel Whittaker started his hospitality career while still in school at The University of Alabama. In 2007 he co-founded Green Planet Catering which has seen steady growth each year and included a range of aggressive, supplemental projects including a sustainable farm-site and biodiesel production facility.

His current projects include: A brand new restaurant, The Pharmacy Cafe, located in a historic pharmacy on N. Person St. in downtown Raleigh. Daniel is redesigning the landscaping at his home to develop a large kitchen garden including an extensive herb garden. He is also working on a private partnership to create a working farm and event venue.

At the beginning of 2011 he started Whittaker Consulting which focuses on consulting work/seminars for companies focused on local food, sustainability, and/or community education. Daniel recently served as the role of International Sales Manager for Feelgoodz, an environmentally conscious foot wear company. Daniel was recently awarded a 40-Under-40 Award, named one of Cary Magazine’s Movers & Shakers for 2015, and has the honor of being named a Green Advocate of the Year from the City of Raleigh. He also sits on the advisory council of the N.C. Conservation Network. (photo credit: Evan Howell)

Patrick Cowden Patrick Cowden

Executive Chef

Our Executive Chef Patrick Cowden, who attended New England Culinary Institute, comes to us from long stints as Executive Chef of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and The Weathervane Restaurant at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. As a long time resident of the Triangle he has steered the course of such places as Michael Jordan’s 23 Sport Cafe, The Grill at Glen Lennox, Michael Dean’s, Jean Claude’s Café, and his own restaurant Patrick’s Seasonal Cuisine which was located in North Durham.

As a Chef and North Carolina native who is committed to North Carolina products and local producers, he showcases these fine products and farmers on his menus. Patrick has taken part in numerous Farm-to-Fork picnics and was a finalist in the Best Dish of North Carolina sponsored by the Dept. of Agriculture in 2009. This commitment coupled with a passion for exciting Southern inspired cuisine makes Chef Cowden a natural fit for Green Planet Catering and Person Street Pharmacy Cafe.

Samantha-Kate Shuford Samantha-Kate Shuford

Event Coordinator
Samantha-Kate Shuford graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Communication. While in school, Samantha-Kate did a wedding planning internship that eventually led to a position as a part-time wedding planner. She also spent a semester working with the event office and catering company at Meredith. After working for a local Wedding & Events company, she joins the team to help focus on executing flawless events by working hand in hand with each client.
When Samantha-Kate is not meeting with brides and serving delicious Green Planet food at events, she enjoys reading and running. She also runs the children’s programming for her local church.

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