Chef Erika - Health Chef in New York City

New York, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I strive to create an individualized sophisticated and earthy dining experience. Whether it's a surprise birthday, baby shower, sweet sixteen, bachelor/ette party, or anything in between, a unique menu will be designed leaving you to enjoy the event with your guests. My cuisine is inspired by my Swiss and French Canadian roots and by my passion for nutritious and delicious locally sourced ingredients. The outcome is an exquisite presentation so tasty that your guests won't believe it is actually healthy for them. I can be discreet and remain in the background or if the host prefers, willing to mingle and answer questions from guests. My full-service experience includes designing, cooking, serving, and ensuring that your kitchen looks exactly as it did when arrived.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love creating the perfect culinary party for my clients incorporating nutritious food combined with wonderful flavors.
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Location

New York, NY 10011

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Times hired on Thumbtack

59

Reviews

51 Reviews
  • Emma B. Sep 21, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jeffrey S. Sep 17, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Laurel L. Sep 16, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 15, 2017
    It was a joy to have Erika come cook for us. For health reasons, we require extremely low carb, but vegetarian meals. With her nutrition and chef expertise, Erika suggested a number of options to us by email. We picked a few, and then she sent a very specific, easy ingredient list along. She came to the house to cook while I was at work and when I returned home, there were delicious meals made for the week, labeled with instructions, and the kitchen looked cleaner than before she had come! The entire process was so seamless and efficient. Most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS .. definitely the tastiest (and healthiest) meals we've had at home in a long, long time! I couldn't recommend her more highly.
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 14, 2017
    Just one week in but we were all very happy with the meals she created for us this week. She listened to our needs & planned a menu that fit well.
  • Victoria M. Aug 30, 2017
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Ericka is fantastic. I am a vegan diabetic. She comes up with interesting menus for us every week and is always conscience of all of my food requirements. Her food is healthy and delicious. She also cooks for my children, who love her food and are very picky. She encourages us to try new things which most often, we love. I would highly recommend her services.
  • Casey P. Aug 1, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Erika was great. Cooked a delicious meal for my husband's birthday dinner, coursed it out well and cleaned up as she went along. She figured out our kitchen and was a pleasure to work with
  • Ross C. Jun 14, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I’m not one to write reviews but I feel compelled to given my overwhelmingly positive experience with Erika. I hired Erika to prepare a dinner for 16 people and a lunch the subsequent day for 30 people. Simply put, my whole experience with her was terrific. The food as well as her professionalism and punctuality exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be hiring her for my next event.
  • Nancy E. May 21, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Chef Erika developed menu options to meet the varied dietary needs of my guests and smoothly blended all the differing aspects together to create a delicious and memorable event for my husband's birthday. Her suggestions were perfect for the crowd and the dinner was amazing. She also blended the instructional aspects of the preparation into the conversation with our guests so the evening felt natural and relaxed. I'll definitely be calling upon her again!
  • Terri E. Apr 29, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Wonderful Dinner Party,,,
    Chef Erika is amazing! I hosted a dinner party for 12 friends this week,,,, Chef Erika's recipes were so delicious and beautiful,,, She went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect! Erika is a lovely person, who took the time to plan a wonderful menu with me,,,I loved my experience and will call her back for my next party! I feel very lucky to have met her,,, Thank you Chef Erika! Terri
  • Genevieve M. Apr 17, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Can't recommend Chef Erika enough!
    Erika was wonderful - totally understanding when I needed to reschedule (multiple times!) and when we realized I may have forgotten a few key ingredients for our meals! In just three hours, she prepared healthy but delicious meals that my toddler daughters and I enjoyed for the following week. She's fun to be around and knows a lot about nutrition, so it was a pleasure to have her in my home and watch her cook.
  • Sam R. Feb 5, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Perfect dinner.
    Delicious meal, beautifully prepared and served on a special night.
  • Neka Z. Dec 12, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Exquisit!
    Chef Erika cooked our entire Thanksgiving dinner, as well as light bites for the rest of the holiday weekend. I had several family members and guests with extraordinary and specific tastes. Erika hit it out of the ball park!! Everything was so insanely delicious, and well presented, we are all still talking about it to this day! To follow up the heavy eating, she created a beautiful and tasty menu of healthy bites to finish up the weekend, that were also unbelievable.!!
  • Vivien K. Dec 11, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Excellent!
    Our experience with Chef Erika was fantastic. She went above and beyond! The food was great and every single guest complimented on her. I will definitely use her again and can recommend her service. Thanks Chef Erika and Tim for making our evening special!
  • Lorelei R. Nov 3, 2016
    YUM !!!
    The food was fresh, wholesome and delicious!!
  • Tracy M. Oct 18, 2016
    Perfect Fall Meal for Baby Shower
    Chef Erika was so easy to work with from beginning to end. I was hosting a baby shower, so there was a lot of activity -- but she just came in and quietly created the most amazing, healthy fall meal. It was the perfect way to really spend time with loved ones and not feel the pressure of having to cook all day and time everything perfectly. We couldn't have been happier with the entire experience!
  • Heather L. Oct 12, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Wonderful private chef
    Erika was easy to work with and she created a customized menu based on the specific requests of our 17 person group in Rhinebeck. The food was fresh, delicious, and we had tons of left overs to boot! Her chocolate hazelnut cake was out of this world good.
  • Jenny S. Aug 29, 2016
    I hired Erika for my sister's bachelorette party - She cooked an amazing meal for us Friday night and left us a picnic lunch to take out with us on Saturday. The food was delicious and she was open to special requests.
  • Alisonn H. Aug 10, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We ate like healthy kings and I think all of us have gone away with new ideas about cooking and eating. I know I feel inspired afresh to continue to try to improve and I noticed my husband shopped a little differently yesterday! I don't know if you realise what a difficult bunch you have pleased this week.... Normally they all love to pass comment and criticism over every detail so very well done and thank you so much! You seem to have cast a spell over them all!! You certainly made my week feel like a vacation and that can't often happen with 3 small boys to chase after and feed!
  • Renee B. Jul 28, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Very pleasant to work with! Delicious food and a great evening!
  • Alicia T. Jul 27, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Erika was such a pleasure to work with. She really worked around my sechedule and put together the perfect meal for my mom's surprise birthday. She was so willing to talk with my mom and I about how to eat better and offered a lot of important nutritional facts about food and how to eat healthy. The food was so delicious and easy enough to make. I would definitely hire her back.
  • Lauren K. Jul 26, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    My private cooking lesson with Erika was amazing! We spoke in advance about what type of meals I normally cook and what I wanted to work on. Erika really was such a pleasure to work with. She focused more on making me comfortable in my own kitchen and using different ingredients rather than harping on knife skills. I was blown away by how great everything turned out - restaurant quality food that I can actually cook again on my own in my kitchen!
  • Leah C. Jul 25, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Erika is a very talented chef and she also happens to have a great personality. She is very knowledgeable about nutrition. She listened carefully to what we wanted and came up with an interesting menu that tasted divine. She has great experience and is lovely to work with.
  • Chelsea D. Jul 19, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Erika was amazing! She cooked a wonderful meal, was extremely flexible when our oven stopped working and was so nice and pleasant to work with! I highly recommend Chef Erika!
    Erika L. Jul 21, 2016

    thanks Chelsea, it was my pleasure to work with you!

  • Elizabeth T. Jul 5, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Erika prepared not only a delicious but a healthy dinner for myself and ten guests in my home, including appetizers and desserts. She worked patiently on the menu with me beforehand offering many options for my vegans guests. In fact, even the non vegan guests found the vegan options delectable!! Chef Erika and her crew shopped for the food, prepared and served the meal and cleaned up the kitchen when they were done. The two women she brought to assist her were amazing. It was such a lovely evening I have already hired Chef Erika for another dinner party in August!
  • Lauren B. Jun 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Erika was delightful! Her food was of the highest quality, tasted fantastic and was very creative. She was able to cater to the people in our group with specific dietary needs without shortchanging those without challenges. Erika was easy to work with and we'd gladly hire her again.
  • Buck S. Jun 14, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Erika did a great job of accommodating various tastes and dietary restrictions in our group. Everyone was very pleased with their meals.
  • Anne P. Jun 2, 2016
    Erika cooked an absolutely amazing dinner for 12 of us! So tasty but light and very healthy. The wild salmon was simply delectable as we're all the vegetables and salads. Then to top it off a delicious gluten free wheat free almond and pistachio cake. Truly a special evening. Ten stars!
  • Jennifer W. May 31, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Erika joined us for a cooking lesson and she could not have been more perfect. She is easy going and can be as involved or as camouflaged as you would like.
  • Bridget B. May 26, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Kathleen K. May 16, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Erika cooked for our 11-person bachelorette party dinner and it was a complete delight! She really listened to all of our ideas when pulling together the menu, was quick to respond, and was a really nice presence at the dinner. We had gluten free and vegetarian restrictions, but you'd never know it! The food was amazing - and I'll be thinking of her almond cake until we work with her again! Thanks, Erika!
    Erika L. May 18, 2016

    Thanks Kathleen, you were all a delight to work with. Chef ErikaType your response to this review.

  • Dorothy F. Apr 28, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Claire M. Apr 27, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I booked Chef Erika for my dad's 70th birthday. My parent's can be a little picky but the food was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time. The menu was worked on between us and they loved it. I would recommend Chef Erika and will use her again.
  • Natalie R. Apr 26, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Erika performed a first rate cocktail hour and dinner for our small group. Everyone was so impressed with the quality of food and service!
  • Christie H. Apr 25, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Erika was fantastic to work with. We surprised the bride to be with an interactive dinner where we helped cook the meal and got to learn how to make a healthy dinner. We also got to pick Erika's brain on how to live a healthier lifestyle which was truly interesting. All of us girls struggle with different things in terms of food, so it was nice to hear a professional's opinion. The food was AMAZING. We learned how to poach salmon, make spring rolls, cook carrots and risotto, and best of all make a wonderful cake. I would recommend Erika to anyone and I would definitely do this again.
  • Steve N. Mar 27, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Sarah C. Mar 25, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    We hired Erika to conduct an interactive cooking class for our daughters 16th birthday. Erika was great with the girls and they all had an amazing time - all while learning to cook and about nutrition. Erika created a menu that was teenage friendly so the girls would really enjoy the food and experience.
  • Marina N. Mar 23, 2016
    My husband gave to me one 3-hours-class with Erika! More than a cooking class, I had the opportunity to talk and share ideas with someone that knows a lot about healthy food! That was great and exactly what I was looking for! During the class, I was able to raise all my doubts! Of course we prepared delicious recipes, but more important than this Erika shared all her knowledge! She gave me new ideas to improve my cooking and to prepare better (and delicious) food! Thank you, Erika! It was an amazing experience!
  • Collin K. Mar 21, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Cooking a steak dinner for a 12-man bachelor party is quite the task but Chef Erika went above and beyond expectations. All 12 of us sat silent and in ravenous awe of how delicious everything came out, spent hours talking about the amazing meal afterwards, and her tact and professionalism can not be understated. Highly recommended.
  • STACEY F. Mar 9, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Erika not only prepared a wonderful meal for us, but also cultivated a relaxing atmosphere with her poise and gentle presence. She clearly is an expert in her craft, and our clean plates were a testament to that. It was a pleasure working with Erika and we would recommend her services to anyone! Thank you Erika for making my mom's birthday such a special memory marker!
    Erika L. May 18, 2016

    What a nicely written review! I felt privilege to cook for your family Tracey and I hope to have a chance to do it again. Type your response to this review.

  • Nyieri V. Mar 7, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Erika was a great teacher! She brought a number of nutritious recipes for my family, and we made each of the dishes together. I would highly recommend her!
  • Bart D. Feb 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    On short notice Erika and I put together a most wonderful evening for my wife on valentines day. Erika was willing to cook us dinner on her way home from another engagement. She was wonderful to work with when setting up our menu. She was able to shop for the necessary ingredients and work around my schedule. Upon arriving home, Erika had delicious appetizers waiting for us. The entrees and side dishes were amazing and cooked to perfection. Dessert was also fantastic. Erika's demeanor was pleasant and professional when engaged in conversation and her presence was virtually undetectable at other times. A lovely evening with great food and service. Thank you Erika.
  • Jordan V. Jan 24, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Great food, easy planning, friendly interactions
  • Andrew C. Jan 23, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired Erika for a custom home cooking lesson as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend and she certainly lived up to the billing as a 5 star rated chef/instructor. From scheduling to preparing the menu and lesson to being exceedingly personable and helpful in our little kitchen, Erika was extremely professional and easy to work with from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Erika to anyone looking for either a personal chef or in-house cooking lesson. She is knowledgable about a wide range of food and cooking techniques, flexible with menu choices, a friendly and outgoing presence in the kitchen, and most importantly, she is a tremendous chef! We learned a ton, had a great time, and had plenty of leftovers that we enjoyed for a week afterwards.
  • Chuck R. Jan 19, 2016
    I own a shop in Hudson, NY called Valley Variety. We have a full kitchen where we host demos, classes, dinners and other chef events. Erika a reliable resource for planning and leading classes that combine nutrition and cooking for a healthy life. We've worked together on a number of classes, including a diabetic support group, a girls getaway picnic lunch, company team building dinner and other seasonal cooking themes. You can count on Erika to develop menus that are true to her healthy eating philosophy but are achievable for a home cook. Throughout the class time, Erika engages people to discuss their nutrition concerns and provides practical tips on preparing healthy and delicious meals at home. I've had great experiences working with Erika and look forward to working with her on more events.
  • Tim M. Jan 11, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Erika's custom home cooking lesson was excellent, and was very flexible on menu choices. She made sure we could schedule the time and prepare with ease. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and brings great energy. Highly recommended!
  • Valerie P. Dec 27, 2015
    Erika's versatility is fantastic, ranging from classic gourmet meals, to special diets, to everyday healthy, home-cooked meals. We had the luxury of hiring her for two weeks to cook daily meals for our family while teaching our three teenage boys basic skills in the kitchen. They loved it! She also prepared a scrumptious menu and cooked for our large Christmas celebration with extended family. We cannot sing her praises enough and will be hiring Erika again for future parties and daily meals for our family.
  • Brandon H. Dec 17, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Erika responded quickly to our needs and was very helpful and cheerful throughout.
  • Helena O. Dec 15, 2015
    Erika is very professional, reliable and excellent at what she does. We feel very fortunate to find her. She was able figure out quickly what we need.
  • Erica G. Dec 10, 2015
    Erika is the onsite chef and nutritionists for our Destination Detox program. She is very knowledgeable, personable, easy to work with and her food is delicious (& healthy!).
  • Anastasia G. Dec 8, 2015
    I met Erika and savored her cooking during a private week long health retreat in Hudson, NY. Erika's cooking was mouth watering, innovative and used local and mostly organic ingredients. All the participants also lost quite a few pounds that week while not feeling deprived and celebrating food! I strongly recommend Erika for catering, health retreats and teaching ....
  • Ashley T. Dec 4, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
No, I do not have a standard pricing as it depends of too many things but my pricing does include the following: All full meal services include - Menu Planning & Recipe Research - Grocery Shopping - Meal Preparation - Clean up! - Ongoing Communication and Support
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We first meet to discuss your needs so that I can discover your favorite foods and dietary restrictions. I will make some suggestions and we will decide on the menu of your choice. My goal will always be to show you that healthy never tasted so good….and that healthy has a place for decadence on occasions... On the day of service, I shop for fresh quality ingredients and bring them to your home. All meals are prepared on-site and classes given in your own kitchen.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was born in a family of foodies and I had the opportunity to live in Europe as a child. Both of my parents are great chefs and all my siblings love the challenge of making the best meal and trying new recipes. Although we were part of different gastronomy clubs we mostly gave dinner parties on a regular basis so cooking for me has become natural.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I love working in the kitchen and how the connection with cooking real foods help us be ourselves, and protects the environment.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Escape to Shape Health Chef Private NYC and Hamptons Health Chef
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I went hiking in Ecuador and stayed in an eco friendly vegetarian hotel. After a few days, I realized the hotel needed help to balance their menu to make it sufficiently nourishing for hardcore hikers. I offered to come back and work with their staff and curate their menu.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Simply having a genuine interest in cooking your own food and the desire to develop good habits at home is the first step on the path to vibrant health and happiness. Get interested! You deserve it and your well-being depends on it.