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I am a procrastinator by nature so as usual my wife's birthday was fast approaching and I needed to figure out what gift I can give her at the last minute. After years of being together in my mind I felt that I was running out of creative gifts to give her until I was browsing online about what to give women who are 5 months pregnant for their birthday. Then it it hit me let me see if I can have a personal chef come to house and cook for the family. Upon looking online and searching through the vast number of chefs, Chef Serge Pambo Executive chef and owner of Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept caught my attention for a couple of reasons; he had quite a number of reviews and his price was reasonable. Additionally when I looked at his website Sergepambo.com his resume was complete with a number of experiences which assured me that we would have a quality experience and indeed we did. The first reason I was impressed was his quick response time, I wanted a chef to come on a Sunday and began looking two days prior. I also wanted to pay him prior to the experience but he insisted that we pay after we had our meal. Upon arrival he was punctual, friendly, and flexible (our kitchen was small and the ventilation was not the best also it was four adults including my pregnant wife and our 2 and a half year old son). Chef Pambo came prepared with his cooking equipment and as soon as he arrived began to work. This was my first experience having a chef so I was a little ignorant of the protocol and did not know if we should talk to him to keep him company while he cooked or leave him alone but he was more than willing to engage in conversation which created a relaxed environment. The first meal was an appetizer shrimp wrapped with bacon which was delicious and hit the spot for everyone especially my pregnant wife. The next meal comprised of creamy palinta, salmon seared on one side and oven baked on the other, along with tender and well seasoned beef, lightly saltaued asparagus, potato wedges, and we topped the meal off with bread pudding with ice cream over wafers. In between each meal Chef Pambo provided us with a layout of each course, history of the meal as well as his culinary training, and other interesting facts about his journey. After we were full of joy because due to the meal the chef even washed the dishes and cleaned the kitchen so it was as spotless or even more so than when he came to the home. I highly recommend Chef Pambo the quality of his food was outstanding, his professionalism is second to none, and his service versatility makes him uniquely qualified to be one of the best chefs among his peers. He has cooked all around the world, written books, can cater to any number of people or situations, and continues to travel the world to keep his skills sharp. He is a five star chef and I highly recommend you experience the culinary genuis of Chef Pambo executive chef of Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept.
Chris customized a perfect vegetarian menu for my girlfriend and I. We hoped to maximize our privacy for the evening, so Chris came with the food prepped as much as possible. We snacked on some amazing muhammara and butternut squash dips while he prepared the saffron cauliflower soup and main course (heart of palm cakes on curried lentils). Dessert (halva mousse) was left in the fridge for us, along with substantial leftovers (that's a huge perk I didn't anticipate - a personal chef means you get a bonus meal the next day.) We really enjoyed talking to him about the ingredients and preparation and would absolutely hire him again. I don't know how anyone wouldn't appreciate a gourmet restaurant experience in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Highly recommend.
Chef Jacky is really a joy to cook with. She held a cooking lesson for my family and I, and we had an absolute blast and learned a lot! She was friendly, hilarious, and effective. I intend to definitely schedule more cooking lessons in the future.
The presence of Sweet Basil made our family reunion sweet. Catering to 50 plus people, the personal chef single handedly set up, prepared and transitioned appetizers, entrees and desserts effortlessly throughout the event. Professionalism at its best!!
How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com
I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.
I hired Dinner on Demand personal chef service for a surprise Birthday dinner for two? Chef Belinda was very professional, accommodating and not to mention a extremely great cook. She was prompt , friendly and she detailed and explained each course of the dinner. She was helpful in creating a meal plan that would both of our pallets. I would love to have this experience again.....soon!!
Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.
I recently hired Janae as my personal chef for my anniversary party. Janae was the ultimate professional. Her correspondence was timely, her arrival was punctual, her demeanor was pleasant, and her food was DELICIOUS! It was much more than I expected, and to say my guests enjoyed the food is an understatement: they loved it! I will definitely be using her services again very soon! Thanks Janae!
Sandra is the best chef I have ever experienced. Everything about the event FAR exceeded my expectations. She added special touches such as a printed menu, ice cubes with edible flowers inside, had her staff take pictures. I will never consider another caterer ever again. Pure perfection!
I wasn't able to work out my circumstances to actually enlist Chef Karizma's services. However Karizma's level of professionalism, diligence, communication, and flexibility is 100% in sync w the type of service I seek. Based on her attention to detail and willingness to make every effort to accommodate my requests despite my short time line - I am certain I will enlist her services in the near future. Her professionalism has set the bar high, and I am hopeful and curious to see if her culinary skills match. If so she is a hidden gem. I plan to enlist her services in March 2016 and update my review. So far 5 star experience and expectations.
Lynn is a pleasure to work with. As a nutrition coach I needed meals that met specific nutritional criteria, contained a wide variety of foods and cooking methods. Lynn met and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend!
If ever you are in need of a personal chef...I implore you to reach out and find this man!!! He has made healthy food palpable and crave worthy.
My husband and I wanted to do something special and unusual and something everyone would remember for a long time for his 50th birthday. Gabriela and Set the Table was the be all end all. She arranged a wine and food pairing--picking the wines and menu, prepping and cooking all the food, serving--and left my kitchen spotless. The food and wines were absolutely delicious and amazing!! She is fun, engaging, personable, professional, knowledgeable, great with a crowd. The wining, dining, and pairing explanations were perfectly paced. She held a captive audience when it was time for her to talk about a wine, and we learned a lot and had fun at the same time! I can’t tell you how much we and everyone who came to the party enjoyed the evening. Our friends still talk about the experience. My husband kept saying how much fun it was, and it will be forever fun to reminisce the evening! Gabriela, you really made the celebration one to remember for everyone!! I can’t thank you enough. From start to finish, it was absolutely perfect. We can't wait to do it again.
Anna is absolutely amazing! She was our personal chef for a number of years until we moved out of the area. In that time, she made unbelievable meals for us that accommodated both dietary restrictions and food preferences. We also hired her to host a huge multi-course birthday dinner for my mother-in-law that was easily one of the best dinners we've ever had, all in the comfort and intimacy of our home. If you're looking for an amazing chef for any size meal or event, Anna is the go-to Chef!
She is one of the best chefs I have ever worked with. Her food and decor come from her heart and I love that about her business. She listens to what the customer wants and works hard to achieve their desires in both her food and decor.
It is my pleasure to offer this recommendation to Chef Ronald Cager Jr. I had the fortune to employ him for a romantic “Just Because” dinner for my husband and I. He and his business associate worked with me to understand my preferences. My expectations were achieved in taste and presentation. Chef Cager’s client centered approach was greatly appreciated. It is my sincerest hope to palate his future creations and cuisines. Until that time presents itself, I wish him much success.
I really wish I could give him more than five stars. Deshawn is more than exceptional. He was super professional. This being my first time planning a party of this magnitude, he helped me every step of the way. He created a wonderful menu including appitzers and everything was so delicious. In fact the food was so good that guests of the party did actively seek me out to get his information. His food was the highlight of the event. I'm so blessed to have found such a talented chef to cater my party. He's super professional, talented, punctual, and reasonably priced. I will definitely be utilizing his services for all of my future catering needs. Ps. His greens are the best I've ever had..
Chef Rubio and his team delivered an A+ service. The food was great, in flavour, quality and presentation. We will use them again in the future and will recommend them to family and friends. Guillermo and Luz Perez-Iturbe
Ace culinary was on time and was very helpful to my guests. I would hire Ace again with no doubts.
Culinary Chick provided dinner for my father’s 86th birthday. After his first bite he said and I quote “now this lady knows how to cook!”. We enjoyed every bit of our Italian dinner and fun was had by all! I will definitely use her for future occasions.
Fairfax Station, VA