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Whether you are having a small get together for a few or a large gathering, be rest assured that your event will be amazing! Chef Michel is extremely professional, respectful, and friendly! He catered 2 events for our family and we were very pleased with both. The first was a party of nearly 100 people celebrating our son’s college graduation and daughter’s high school graduation. Our second event was a last minute post Thanksgiving weekend family get together for 12-15 people. Everything from the planning, to taste testing, and delivery was on point. Aside from the food being beyond mouth watering delicious, he coordinated with outside vendors to provide everything we needed to make the graduation event beautiful. He also provided on site chefs and wait staff, all of which were professional and attentive to details. They were flexible in their assigned roles and remained past the scheduled time to attend to our guests and clean up. Our home was left as clean as it was when they arrived! Chef Michel prides himself on delivering the best quality and freshest foods possible. Other than a few items that required pre-prep (like marinating / slow cooking...definitely try the roast pork and roast chicken) everything was prepared (cut, fried, cooked, assembled etc) on site. This truly makes a difference when you’re serving items like empanadas or tostones with avocado and shrimp (both highly recommended). Chef Michel is very creative. Whether you choose something from his printed menus, have other items in mind, or even have a special recipe that you want him to prepare...HE CAN DO IT! An important point to make about his catering style is that he is so proud of his creations that he wants everyone to be able to taste everything that he prepares. If you choose an appetizer and you have 100 people, you are not going to get 1 or 2 pieces per person or be charged by the piece, like most caterers. He will make sure you have more than enough for everyone. The same applies to your main course. We had leftovers for ourselves, even after our guests took food home. With all of this said, I truly feel that his prices are fair and reasonable! I could write more and would be more than happy to speak to anyone who has any questions, but I’ll end with...make sure you try his homemade ice creams (our favorites were coconut and pineapple), flan, and especially the sangria!
Since i have been attending cooking classes by Chef Stef, i have learned quite a bit. He is both professional and personable while listening to our questions before he gives us a reply. His patience and understanding nature is so appreciated. The presentations that he does for us is thorough and clear as we make the various recipes.
Do you want to know the definition of Excellence? Hire Luisa c/o De Cicco's Event Planning! I have never worked with a more professional, friendly company. Luisa has a way of catering to her client's and making them feel like they're at the top of her priority list. If you need her, drop her an E-mail and she IMMEDIATELY gets back to you. Need a personal Chef to teach you how to cook? Luisa can connect you with top of the line quality professional's that KNOW what they're doing in the kitchen. I'm currently taking lesson's from her Chef and I went from being a novice who's food was either bland, burnt and completely un-edible, to a person who can now chop, dice and make a meal so good, my family calls me asking me to cook for them again. Luisa and her staff are so friendly, so welcoming and very attentive to the needs of the client. Luisa has done a fine job in picking her staff and Im extremely happy I hired her company because it was worth every penny.
My friend and I took cooking classes from her. I can truly say that she was amazing. She taught us to make food we wanted to learn and it turned out amazing. She is a great teacher and makes it easy to apply what you learn from her and the things you learn in class to other recipes outside of what we did in class. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn how to cook.
Outstanding hands on demonstration and lesson for my 11 year old daughters and friends. Not only did they learn to cook the meal they enjoyed, they learned proper knife skills, cutting a chicken, importance of fresh ingredients vs. store bought, sauce prep and reduction technique, homemade salad dressing, and presentation of the meal. We all enjoyed Chef's simple educational approach as well as his lively sense of humor and calm command in the kitchen! Absolutely look forward to cooking with him again as well as using his catering expertise for at home celebrations.
I took a great private cooking class with Robert, making several savory Indian dishes and a delicious desert.
We are just in the planning process for our cooking lesson so I can't speak to the cooking yet, but Joe has been great to be in communication with! Joe's been so flexible with menu, time frame, etc and very pleasant on the phone...can't wait for the lesson!
Chef Maggie is amazing! Before working with her, our meals were scattered and generally unhealthy, lots of take out and the like. We thought we didn't have time to cook healthy and quality meals, but we were wrong! She quickly determined the best ways to improve our diet, and worked with us to actually create meals that are healthy and delicious. Her meal plan has been perfect for us as novices, the meals are easy enough to create but sophisticated enough that we feel great about investing the time to prepare and enjoy them. It's such a relief knowing that we're eating well, and we couldn't have gotten on track without the expertise of Chef Maggie! I can't recommend her enough!!!
We hired Chef Gerry for an evening of a cooking lesson and eating. He set up stations with recipes that we were to follow. He helped us make pasta - a real treat! Chef Gerry was knowledgeable, informative, and the recipes were easy to follow but were challenging. It was a delicious dinner and a perfect evening thanks to our very capable Chef!
did a cooking class with the chef. He seemed very knowledgeable about technique and quality. He explained everything clearly. Me and my girlfriend had a great time learning how to make new dishes that we still use till this day. Chef Christopher is awesome!
Nick was supportive, kind and friendly. We had fun while I learned. He allowed me to participate as well as learn from his example.
Words cannot express the fabulous job you did catering and serving at my daughter's bridal shower. The guests raved about your food. It was different, delicious- and so creatively served. My personal favorites were the skewered peanut chicken- so beautifully displayed in the pineapple and the sliders. I also know that the brie with the fig jam was also a hit- the Orzo salad, crab cakes, I could go on and on with the favorites. Your thoughfulness and special touches were not missed: the pretty orchids, the candles in the artichokes, the way you displayed the food. We were all so impressed. After you left, we went in to the Church kitchen and you would have never known that you, Grace and your assistant were in there hours earlier cooking and assembling appetizers for a party of 46. We're still enjoying the leftovers- thanks for packing and labeling them. Is there anything you didn't think of?!!! I hope our paths will cross again! Thanks so much again for helping to make this a shower we won't soon forget. Teri
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This was written by one of my clients, I admired your strength,perseverance and spirit. You are one of the most remarkable women I am proud to know.I just wanted to say thank you for making time for me and listening to me and for making me see things I sometimes don't see myself.
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Karla is a graduate of the prestigious Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA and has experience cooking numerous types of cuisine. Her passion for food and the Culinary Arts is evident in everything that she does. Karla has over a decades worth of experience cooking in restaurant, catering, and private kitchens. Her friendly, hands on approach allows you to become comfortable in your own kitchen and with your own cooking skills. Personally she has cooked for for many notable celebrities including Sheryl Crow and Multi-Grammy Award Winner Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience. Karla also holds a certificate in Nutrition which allows her to take into consideration any dietary needs. Currently she works with clients and students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, And New York. In 2011 Karla co-founded KMKCreatives a personal chef service company but has since found her passion in teaching others how to be successful and confident in their own kitchens. Whether you are looking for on-going private lessons or wish to have a "Cooking Party," Karla can serve you up a memorable experience.
Awesome session! Very professional...can't believe how much I learned in 1 hour. Definetly more cooking instruction in the future!
Jersey City, NJ