Ellena Realley - Private Chef & Catering Service
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Ellena is a joy to work with. I had the pleasure of taking a number of cooking lessons in my home with Ellena who was a patient and encouraging teacher as I learned new recipes and cooking techniques. She is a creative, knowledgeable and experienced chef who also catered a delicious dinner party for our family's summer reunion. She is a consummate professional yet friendly and hospitable and someone I would highly recommend.Sep 2, 2018Verified
Ellena was amazing and catered a meal for 17 of us over the course of 3 days. Her ability to make great food at scale with fresh ingredients left our entire party in awe. I would def use her again!May 8, 2018Verified
Ellena is incredible! She offers amazing food and exceptional service. She clearly loves what she does and is passionate about food and clients, offering creativity and customization. Whether looking to feed yourself or your family healthy meals or looking to host a knock-your-socks-off catered gathering - I work with her regularly for both and there is nothing she doesn't wow me with. The best Cuban sandwiches you have ever tasted for a fun Miami night theme, mashed potatoe bar for a midnight comfort food theme at a fancy holiday party - Ellena is creative, kind, and extremely talented. I would highly recommend her.Aug 27, 2016
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Most new customers have been referrals from existing customers. I typically do a phone or personal interview, followed up by detailed questionnaire by email regarding dietary needs and preferences.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I attended New England Culinary Institute, located in beautiful state of Vermont from 2006-2008, and received my Associates degree in Culinary Arts. My school offered an excellent program which was housed in a fully operational hotel and spa- all of the production was done by us, the students! The best training I have ever had of all my jobs and schooling was here in San Diego, working under the highly acclaimed French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty for 3 years at Bellamy's Restaurant in Escondido, and recently helping his team open his new restaurant Ponsaty's in Rancho Santa Fe. Additional education includes an online Nutritional Therapist Certification Course I am currently enrolled in, to better understand the relationship between diet and illness, and how diet can be used in prevention of disease, as well as treating existing conditions.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I began cooking professionally working for a local catering company and BBQ restaurant 2 years prior to pursuing my Culinary Arts degree. After completing my education, I moved to California and worked at various high end resorts and restaurants including Four Seasons- Aviara, Banquets and El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, and Bellamy's Restaurant in Escondido. I got my dream job as a full time personal chef in January 2015, and have continued to cook privately ever since. Using my creativity on a daily basis, and forming wonderful relationships with my customers are two of the most rewarding things I love about my job!