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Chef Cheryl
Chef Cheryl

Chef Cheryl

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Introduction: I have been in the culinary industry for well over 25 years. Trained in South Africa and the USA. I have worked with many international and high profile clients and have had the pleasure of learning and preparing many different cuisines. I worked in 5-star game lodges in South Africa preparing sunrise breakfasts and sunset dinners. I am comfortable preparing simple weeknight dinners to high-end dinners and events. Catering to a client never feels like a job to me, rather a dream come true having the opportunity to do what I love! I take tremendous pride in what I do and prepare each and every meal to perfection. We eat with our eyes first, so food must not only taste good but also look good therefore attention to detail and presentation is key.

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Exceptional 5.0

111 reviews


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April G.

Personal Chef

If you are looking to hire a personal chef, look no more Chef Cheryl is your chef to hire. From the first correspondence, selecting the menu through the dinner was excellent. Her food presentation and taste went beyond our expectations for my husbands 50th birthday celebration. Thank you Chef Cheryl for making our party memorable!
Chef Cheryl's reply
Thank you so much for this amazing review! It was an absolute pleasure! Your husband was so surprised and I loved seeing him so happy.
Sep 15, 2020
Colby S.

Personal Chef

To say our experience was wonderful would be an understatement. We had never used a personal chef before so we didn't know where to start or what to expect. Chef helped guide us the whole way and her communication was prompt. We enjoyed our experience so much that we immediately booked a second night. There wasn't a bad thing on our plate. She is skilled at her craft. Our personal favorites were the coconut shrimp, lobster risotto, caprese parmesan cups, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and the chocolate mousse! We come to Ft Myers every year for our family vacation and we will be sure to use Chef Cheryl every year going forward!
Aug 26, 2020
Jake L.

Personal Chef

I wanted to do something special for my wife for her 30th birthday party. I have never hired a personal chef to come to our home and cook for us before and thought it would be a great idea. I was right!! Chef Cheryl made the process very easy and had above and beyond communication through the whole process. The food was delicious and the only hard part was deciding what to eat from her many options. Our friends love the food and the chef and thought it was an awesome idea! We would highly recommend anyone looking for a personal chef to speak with Chef Cheryl!!! We have saved her information and will plan to reach out again soon!
Jun 24, 2020
Jessica B.

Personal Chef

We celebrated my fathers 70th Birthday at the beach and Chef Cheryl ensured his birthday was unforgettable! The dinner she prepared was unbelievably delicious! The night could not have been better! Our compliments, Chef! 🙌🏼
Chef Cheryl's reply
Thanks so much for this amazing review! It was truly an honour to be a part of this celebration for your dad.
Apr 18, 2021
Jennifer C.

Personal Chef

Amazing..10+++ .if I could give Cheryl this many stars I would. I hosted a surprise 75th party for my mom and 9 of her closest friends in Clearwater, FL. Chef Cheryl and her assistants are nothing short of amazing. The decorations/presentation and food were simply amazing, and I would highly recommend. Cheryl is easy to work with, and helps navigate the insane amounts of food she prepares. My mom lives in Florida, and I planned it from Massachusetts....it was seamless. My mom said it was like being a celebrity on a Hell’s Kitchen episode with Gordon Ramsey. Cheryl’s presentation, and description of the food was wonderful. Thank you Chef Cheryl for making my mom’s birthday surprise one she will never forget. Jen Clark
Chef Cheryl's reply
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this amazing review! It was such a fun night and truly a pleasure serving your mom and her friends.
Apr 25, 2021
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Cheryl Benecke


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I work within the budget of my client. I do require a 50% deposit and balance on the day. A travel charge will be applied depending on the distance that I need to travel.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I will submit a quote that fits my clients requirements. I then will be in contact via phone call or email and work on a menu plan that fits the occasion. I work within the clients budget and make sure I fulfill all requirements. I am available by cell phone for any contact necessary.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I completed a 4 year culinary arts program. I also worked as a sous chef at a culinary school. Trained from a young age with a family member that was a chef on the prestigious Blue Train in South Africa catering to the Prime Minister at the time. I come from a family of chefs so food training has been part of my life growing up. I worked for a Safari Tour Group in South Africa catering all meals to the international guests.

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