Vera's Home Kitchen

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28 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for value, work quality, and professionalism.
  • Brie D.

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    Nov 10, 2017Verified
    Vera C.'s reply

    Thank you, Brie, it was a pleasure to prepare your boyfriend's special birthday's dinner!

  • Noelle V.

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    I hired Vera to cook for 23 people for a birthday party. I am blown away with how amazing her food was. She was such a professional and so sweet and friendly. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food ranging from salmon tartare, mini crab cakes, petit filet mignon appetizers to tacos and chocolate mousse. I will never look anywhere else, she is the best. Thank you for making my night so memorable.

      Dec 23, 2016Verified
      Vera C.'s reply

      Thank you Noelle, it was one hack of the party! You guys were amazing and it was such a pleasure to serve you!

    About this pro

    I believe that my clients appreciate how I pay attention to details. How I care about their needs. How I listen to their requests carefully. How I don't compromise on quality of ingredients. How I don't use processed food and don't perform semi-homemade cooking. My clients appreciate my passion for food, the taste, the uniqueness of my creations and, as they say - my personality. I think the fact that I have also expertise in wine and food pairing, knowledge about the best wines of the world, and that I originally came from Europe plays the factor in my approach to different cuisines and fusions. It's not easy to let someone in your home, to take over the important part of family life - the meal preparation. It's my job to make it as comfortable for you as possible. I've been lucky to meet some incredible people during my cooking career. People that enjoy delicious food, good bottle of wine and a company around dining table. My clients don't want to settle for average, they care about how their meals are prepared, what the ingredients are, and sometimes even appreciate that I'm able to entertain their guests as well as prepare memorable menu. I strive to be highly professional in everything I do. We always had friends who enjoy the food as much as we do. When I cook for my clients, I feel like I'm coming to my friend's house to prepare something that they really love. When they text me back that they really enjoyed something I've prepared for them, it makes me feel great. What's better pleasure than bringing a smile to people's faces? I specially love preparing dinner parties or an intimate dinner for two. It's very personal, absolutely customized and I can let my creativity shine. When they tell me it's better that they imagined, it's what I aim for. Sometimes it's not easy to figure out what exactly is my client's desire, sometimes they're not sure themselves, but when I do figure it out and exceed the expectations - yes, that's what I love about my business.

    Years in business

    6

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    50

    Number of employees

    1

    Background check

    Completed
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      Q & A

      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I always study the newest trends in diets and nutrition to stay on top of the latest trends. I also have to study a specific diets when I have clients who must follow that kind of diet. I am constantly creating new recipes and testing new flavors, so I can offer a large variety of culinary experience to my clients. When needed, I have a respectable nutritionist on hand to either ask questions, or recommend my clients to her so together we can come up with a highly customized, specialized plan, if applicable.
      • How did you get started doing this type of work?
        I used to run a restaurant back in Europe. It's a hard work. I enjoyed it but when I came to U.S.A., I landed a job as a wine representative for a fine wine wholesaler, tasting and learning about the best wines from all over the world. I truly loved it until my third back surgery interrupted my "fun ride". Ever since, I had medical issues and live in pain. Paradoxically, I'm not in pain while standing and walking around. So I came back to cooking and being personal chef gives me enough flexibility to take on as much work, as I can physically manage. And to take it easy, when my condition worsen. I also enjoy not cooking the same meals over and over again, like you do in the restaurant. I get to work in the most beautiful kitchens. The experience with finest wines of the world comes handy since now I can use it while pairing wines with my food. It's the cherry on top of the cake for me.
      • What types of customers have you worked with?
        Weekly or bi-weekly fresh dinners cooked for a family of two or four (menu that is partially consumed and partially frozen to enjoy later). My clients then have single portions of their favorite meals on hand whenever they need them. I have a clients with specialized diets and work with nutritionist to help them achieve the best results they aim for. - A special parties with appetizers, entrees and desserts - A professional athletes with specialized diets, looking to eat healthy, with emphases on their performance on the field, and weight goals - A private wine dinners with food and wine pairing - A romantic dinners for two with customized menu
      Coverage Area for Vera's Home Kitchen is about 40+ miles of Delray Beach, FL.