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I would be happy to recommend Stephanie and Lets Eat Home. Stephanie worked for our family as a personal chef for six months, bringing homemade food to our house once a week. We sometimes chose items off her website and sometimes asked her to cook recipes we found. She was always friendly and accommodating and we very much enjoyed her cooking. We ate much better food than we were cobbling together on our own, and ordered in much less frequently. We stopped when our kids both entered full-day school.Sep 17, 2013
We were more than satisfied with Stephanie's service. Professional with a personal touch. We were most impressed by her flexibility and creativity in meal prep. which proved important as we have food allergies. It was also a plus that she welcomed the occasional crazy idea from us. We highly recommend Let's Eat Home! Personal Chef Service.Sep 12, 2013
Stephanie provided meals for our family for about one year. We found her to be attentive, reliable, and professional. Her entrees and side dishes were fresh and tasty. She was always open to suggestions and keen to provide good customer service. Her food delivery service would be useful for new parents, working professionals, or busy families. We would definitely recommend her personal chef service.Sep 8, 2013
Stephanie has provided our family with delicious weekly meals over the course of the last six months. We chose dishes from her bast menu and were very happy with the meals. Initially she asked questions about likes and dislikes pertaining to spices, food textures and categories of food. When we gave her feedback after enjoying the food she asked specific questions in order to tweek future meals for the best satisfaction. Her attention to detail makes Stephanie a superb personal chef'Sep 9, 2013
"Steph is great! Her food is wonderful and healthy. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef."Aug 27, 2013
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I studied at the French Culinary institute in NYC - and trained under the wonderful guidance of my grandmother!!
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I began cooking in my grandmother's kitchen at age 11 in NYC. It was pure joy. Cooking, singing, and dancing with family. What good be better. As the years progressed, I tried more and more recipes from my mother's cookbooks..some were successes..some massive failures. But, it all served a purpose in making me the cook I am today. Like in the Julia Child movie, "Julie & Julia", I would try different recipes, making one dish after another, till I could master all types of cuisine. After college, I moved back to NYC and worked front of the house in many restaurants while pursuing a music career. Music paid the soul, but not the rent. I returned to cooking as a Private Chef for 5 years for a family in Greenwich Village. It was my dream job. When I moved to Chicago in 1999, I started my own company, designed my website, and started on my path as a Personal Chef with Let's Eat Home! PCS. I'm very proud of what I've built, the cook I've become, and the service I provide.
- What types of customers have you worked with?A Personal Chef Service dedicated to serving Chicago and all surrounding Suburbs. I provide meal service for busy people: families, couples, the elderly, post-natal, etc. I offer Classic Fresh Service and Recession Gourmet Service. CFS is designed for those clients who wish to have freshly prepared meals on a weekly basis - nothing is frozen. You may choose your own dishes from our menu pages (and change ingredients should they not appeal to you) or request dishes you would like, but do not see listed here. Alternatively, once you've completed your personalized Food Questionnaire, we would also be happy to design a menu for you based on your likes, dislikes and unique palate. Because we prepare everything from scratch, we generally shop for 1-2 hours in the early morning, then prep and cook for approximately for 6-8 hours. For Classic Fresh Service, we deliver once per week and prepare 3 to 5 different entrees with 3 different side dishes (enough for the whole week). All dishes are packaged for your refrigerator for warming in the oven and/or microwave. For those wishing to lose a few pounds or are just desirous of more balanced and healthy fare, we will prepare recipes from The South Beach Diet, Cooking Light, as well as dishes from Canyon Ranch Spa. For The Recession Gourmet Service, we will prepare 3 entrees/main dishes, 1 side dish, plus a loaf of Crusty (Parmesan) Garlic Bread and a weekly sweet surprise, for an all-inclusive price. Meals will serve 2-5 people for up to 15 dinners. The price includes the chef's fee, pantry fee (all staples from Let's Eat Home's kitchen), groceries and delivery (if more than 15 miles away, there will be an additional, but nominal delivery fee). Though we do subscribe to a heart-healthy approach to cooking, we do not sacrifice flavor. We use heart-healthy oils and, if the dish calls for butter, we use it very sparingly. Our dishes reflect the freshest ingredients cooked simply and beautifully with lighter sauces that enhance rather than conceal.