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Mary Pryor: Love You Like Cooked Food

In Her Shoes: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Mary.


I’m smart
I’m witty
I’m blessed
I’m protected
I’m creative
I’m beautiful
I’m loved and people like me!

In Her Shoes: You reside in New York City where everyone is a hustler, wearing at least three hats. What influenced your decision to pick up the caterer’s hat and try it on for size?

Mary: My grandmother’s memories and the pursuance of my legacy.  She was the most predominant and amazing individual in my life.  She taught me everything from rules to the game as well as culinary delights.  She was more than a mother to me but a teacher so I had to bring her dream as well as my talents to the forefront!

(l-r) Chrystal Prather, Laira Lucas, Mary Pryor

In Her Shoes: How did you meet your business partners, Laira Lucas and Chrystal Prather, and what is it about your relationship that’s ideal for Love You Like Cooked Food?

Mary: Laira and I have known each for over three years. We met in D.C. where I taught for a bit and reconnected in early 2008.  I had no idea she could throw down but she’s one of the most educated and strong sisters I have grown to know.  Chrystal and I have been friends for seven years and she always had a knack for the kitchen. With Laira’s knowledge of natural and organic cuisine, Chrystal’s hardcore “get ’em girl” kitchen throwdowns and the group’s natural talent for making awesome dishes – things just fell into place.  I am truly blessed to have met and connected with individuals such as these.

In Her Shoes: What is Love You Like Cooked Food’s “food philosophy,” or to borrow a Top Chef buzz word, point-of-view?

Mary: Cooking from the heart with a healthy and always tasty perspective.

In Her Shoes: What are some of Love You Like Cooked Food’s specialty dishes?
Mary: Our salads, seafood and vegetarian dishes are well known.  We can make anything old-fashioned into a vegan delight and most people don’t know the difference.

In Her Shoes: Can you give us an idea of what a day in Mary Pryor’s shoes is like?


Shower and Dress (two outfit changes usually gets me right and on the way)
Tea and Good Morning America
Laptop/Email Check
Create Proposals  (for both the catering business and We Fancy, my brand development agency)
Go somewhere after work (working out/event stuff)

(eating occurs somewhere in between)

In Her Shoes: What would you say that you were most unprepared for?

Mary: This crazy economy.  Most clients don’t realize that food is very expensive and budgeting is key. We are willing to work with anyone but most times we have to be realistic and scale down a lot of things due to changes in food availability and economic switch-ups.

In Her Shoes: What tips would you give to someone interested in starting a food business?

Mary: Research, invest and educate yourself on all things culinary, health and business development.

In Her Shoes: Where would you like to see Love You Like Cooked Food in five years?

Mary: I’d like Love You Like Cooked Food to be known as reputable and amazing woman-owned catering business that operates all over the globe. We’d love to get a gig in Dubai!

Ahhhh. A fly female entrepreneur’s catering company that specializes in food from the heart. What’s not to love? Visit for additional information.

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. Kamari

    June 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Mary is absolutely–without a doubt–a fly entrepreneur. I’m intrigued by everything she’s doing and what she’s wearing (check out those shoes!).

  2. Execumama

    June 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    LOVE IT! I’m now salivating for good food and hot shoes at 11:52 in the A.M. LOL! Thanks for putting me on to this one!

  3. Michi

    June 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    you better work mary! very proud of you, sis! last summer’s little creations were delectable. looking forward to seeing your brand all around the globe.

  4. Rasu

    June 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Mary has a big head! But I love her….

  5. Boboo

    June 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    The food is awesome! Mary is great…support your local hustlers!

  6. Mary

    June 18, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I need to get on this promotion for this…lemme get my head out this silly cloud now

  7. Liz Allen

    June 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Love You Like Cooked Food is an awesome company that I hope to be able to use in the near future. What’s not to love about good food and beautiful women with an entreprenurial spirit? Much success!

  8. C.Wade

    June 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Get it Mary! Loving the hustle.

  9. Lachele Muhamamd

    June 19, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Mary is a phenomenal woman! I knew her grandmother well. I am a vegetarian and I was at her grandmothers house one day and grandma was cooking chicken feet….yes chicken feet! SHE MADE IT LOOK SO GOOD! LOL! So… Mary Pryor has some serious skills in the kitchen! It in the genes. smile

    As a Muslim Woman we have training classes all the time at the Mosque to teach organic cooking. What Mary has done is create an avenue for the women who knows what she needs to come our of the lab of her kitchen to heal her family but does not have time to prepare it.

    This is awesome for Mary and her partners to prepare healthy LIFE GIVING foods for people.

    May God continue to bless you
    Sis Lachele

  10. Jeneen Nicole

    June 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Yes, Mary is a great cook!

    Have you tried the Jerk Chicken..ummm to die for!!

  11. Lauren Teverbaugh

    June 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Mary’s salmon cakes: to DIE for. The mac and cheese: to dream about. The woman can even make tofu that one salivates just thinking about. I’ve been eating her cooking for many years. The LYLCF group of fab women are all wonderful with great spirits. . . their culinary creations never disappoint!

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