Chef Derrell Smith


Derrell Smith is the founder and CEO of 99EATS - a virtual culinary brand whose mission is to connect people through food and experiences.

Since its inception in November of 2016, 99EATS has partnered with numerous brands including Subway, Tastemade, Hennessy, Hot97, and Bed Bath and Beyond as a brand ambassador and content creator.

After receiving a full athletic scholarship to play football at Syracuse University, Derrell was a two-time All Big East performer and team captain. He holds dual undergrad degrees in Information Management and Marketing and an MA in Advertising from the Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Derrell’s entrepreneurial prowess is a result of spending years working in advertising, as well as a brief NFL career which blessed him with the courage and connections to take a leap of faith, and the wisdom to realize that any dream is attainable with the right focus, commitment, plan and execution.

Derrell currently sits on the young advisory council for the Martin J. Whitman Business School at Syracuse, advises the SU athletics department on alumni relations, member of the NYC NFLPA alumni association and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity inc.

Derrell is the eldest of seven siblings, and was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.