It’s free with no obligation to hire
Hired 11 times
3 years in business
(Eastern Time Zone)
Mon - Fri
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Jan - Jul
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American - casual,
American - formal,
Mexican / Latin American,
Mediterranean / Middle Eastern,
Personal Chef (Ongoing)
Our family hired Dara because we were in a busy season with ongoing medical challenges and recoveries. She was very attentive and intentional about working around our many food allergies, sensitives, and two picky-eater toddlers to come up with winning meals that we requested over and over again! We choose meals from her offerings, requested our own type of dishes, and even threw down some challenges requesting she build a meal around incorporating certain ingredients or flavors. She always arrived prepared, worked efficiently, and cleaned up the kitchen beautifully. Dara is organized, creative, easy to work with, and will have your hovering around the kitchen on cook day waiting to sample and taste your meals for the week. For us, this was the easiest and best fit for having a "personal chef," enjoying the luxury of ready-made meals for the week, and the convenience of scheduling her cooking services "as needed." Highly Recommend!!Sep 1, 2017Verified
Dara, The excellent taste of her various dishes lasts a long time and is prepared in a very healthy manner. In essence, if you are looking for an extremely qualified personal chef, Dara is the one to choose FIRST.Jan 21, 2018
Our family has used Dara Boxer’s Culinary Designs (Personal Chef) services during a recent period of five months. We have found Dara to be competent, efficient, and charming, and have been unambiguously pleased with her efforts. I would definitely recommend Culinary Designs to those whose needs match Dara’s services. Ralph C. BryantApr 6, 2018
Dara has been AMAZING!!!! I hired her as our personal chef a little over a month ago, and couldn't be happier. Working a full time job, juggling all the responsibilities, extra curricular activities, and appointments that come with raising 2 kids as a single dad meant that my kids weren't eating the healthiest, most nutritional meals. Honestly I was sick of cajoling, prodding, and bribing my kids to eat the the same gross frozen food that seems like hasn't changed since I was kid. Definitely not my proudest parenting moment.... But hiring Dara means my kids are eating healthy, tasty, fresh home cooked meals that I just don't have the time to make unfortunately. Dara you have been a life saver, and my kids and I are forever grateful! #HealthyFoodHasNeverTastedThisGood.Feb 2, 2017
Dara is a wonderfully personable chef full of creative ideas for healthy, filling meals. It is clear she takes pride in her work and is committed to using only the freshest ingredients when preparing food for her clients. She is a meticulous organizer and is very flexible in adapting to any dietary restrictions or other concerns expressed by her clients. She cooked a delicious dinner for five of us not too long ago, complete with herb-roasted turkey, cauliflower mash, roasted brussels sprouts, and baked sweet potatoes and all of it was delightful. We are looking forward to enjoying more of her culinary creations in the near future!Feb 5, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?The key element of my service is that it is tailor-made for you. My standard packages begin at $325, however anything is possible. I’m happy to accommodate any requests. Your satisfaction is what this service is all about!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Initially, I'd love to chat about your likes and dislikes. Allergies, or any dietary restrictions. How often you realistically cook and dine out. We'll chat about your needs, and create a menu together.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Many of my clients are busy families on the go, who simply do not have the time to grocery shop, cook, and clean. Alternatively, I've worked with clients who need assistance staying on a particular diet, who do not want to sacrifice taste. Overall, the commonality most of my clients have, is they simply do not have time.