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Personal ChefNov 10, 2017VerifiedVera's Home Kitchen's reply
Thank you, Brie, it was a pleasure to prepare your boyfriend's special birthday's dinner!
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, 2016VerifiedVera's Home Kitchen'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!
I booked a private dinner with Vera for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. While I was not there, they raved about her immediately and said the food, quality, and service were wonderful. Since it was just the three of them, they spoke with Vera throughout their meal and she was lovely and extremely personable! I wouldn't hesitate to schedule another event.Jun 18, 2017VerifiedVera's Home Kitchen's reply
Thank you, Julia, for choosing me to prepare the special evening for your parent's Anniversary. It was a very pleasant evening for both parties! Although I worked it didn't feel like work as your parents were very welcoming and enjoyed everything I prepared for them with an enthusiasm. We had fun!
vera was delightful to work with. we had asked for a creative menu and she was very responsive. we also enjoyed spending time with her as a person. she brings all her own supplies so there is no need to worry about having the dishes she may need and she cleans up thoroughly after dinner. you can focus on enjoying the meal and the event with no worries at all. highly recommend.May 25, 2017VerifiedVera's Home Kitchen's reply
Thank you Gary, the pleasure was all mine - to meet you and your lovely wife, who was gracious enough to let me cook in her beautiful kitchen. The evening spent in your presence didn't feel like work, as we ended up playing music, signing and dancing (at least in our minds we did).... Thanks for having me!
Food was fantastic!! Exactly what we were looking for and Vera wasApr 16, 2017VerifiedVera's Home Kitchen's reply
Thank you Emily, so nice meeting you and your family and friends
- 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