Simple Elegance Personal and Private Chef Services

Machesney Park, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Melissa and I are both professionally trained and certified by the state of Illinois in food service safety and sanitation. This is our profession, not a weekend hobby.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We love the entertaining aspect of our job. Most times we are considered to be part of the event. To us, it's not work but our honor and pleasure to feed people.


Machesney Park, IL 61115

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7 Reviews
  • Tyler N. Aug 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great service. They take pride in their service and strive to perfect your guidelines!
  • DJ J. Apr 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    In September of 2013 Simple Elegance Personal Chef and Catering Service became the official catering provider and team chef's to the Rockford IceHogs - the American Hockey League affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Melissa and Allen bring an extensive background an arsenal of nutritional expertise and food service talents. The flexibility, adaptive nature, and accommodating style they bring is unique and ensures that they can match any needs a prospective client may need. Their service is top notch, professional, and worth the investment. Our organization highly recommends their services to anyone in need. They can match your necessities and provide quantity and quality of the highest nature.
  • Dale C. Dec 10, 2013
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Professional job. Delicious meal. Best salad I've ever had. Service was great. Cleaned up after without a trace. It gave me the whole evening to enjoy with my guests.
  • Andrea F. Sep 5, 2013
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Melissa and Allen were wonderful to work with. We asked them to make some samplings of food for our elderly mother to taste so if she needed she could have them be her personal chef. The tenderloin, roasted chicken and pasta were all delicious!
  • Paul P. Apr 29, 2013
    Allen and Melissa were very accommodating and great to work with. The food tasted excellent and they always kept food stocked and warm. They took care of all the set up and ordered extra supplies to help make it a fabulous event. Thanks to their help people were talking about the party for weeks! :)
  • Erin B. Apr 26, 2013
    I have attended two events now catered by Simple Elegance and have been blown away at both! Amazing and unique dishes. One was a fall wedding that included a soup bar, differnt flavored of homemade Mac and cheese's and delicious fresh salad! So unique and amazingly good! Everyone was raving about the food! Would definitely recommend them for your next event!
  • Mark Y. Apr 15, 2013
    full dinner and desert menu prepared in our home as part of a wine tasting party. start to finish , they were there about 7 hours. the presentation of the food was exceptional and the food prepared perfectly and in a timely manner. The way the two of them worked in harmony was a pleasure to watch. the only thing that could have been better was not to have had them spend so much time cleaning up after so many messes their clients made .


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We follow the food trends very closely, stay up on our certifications, and attend shows and seminars which benefit our profession.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Both Melissa and I were born and raised in the hospitality industry. When we found each other we knew this was something we would enjoy doing together.
What types of customers have you worked with?
In-home personal chef services where we cook for the clients and serve their guests. We also do all the menu design and clean-up afterwords.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Cooking for the Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate to the Chicago Blackhawks, has been a a very fulfilling experience thus far! Watching these young men grow and move up in the organization gives us a great sense of pride as we feel we have been instrumental in their development.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When hiring a personal chef or caterer, have a budget in mind. Chef services are just a small part. There is the cost of food, flowers, decorations and most importantly, the alcohol.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Having a personal chef come into your home or business doesn't cost as much a one thinks. If your time is valuable and your guests are important to you, you'll hire a professional. It makes you look good and your guests feel special.