Personal Chef Services

Saint Paul, MN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Through out my career I was the sole Nutritionist for my husband. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin Cancer @ the age of 31. This was in 1978, when treatments and therapies for this form of Cancer were just beginning. Hence forth you were a Guinea Pig,and the treatments were almost the Killer not the Cure. Over the years of my husband being in remission, I had to learn a whole new way of cooking.. He lost his taste buds, had a metallic taste in his mouth, had no saliva glands, was lactose intolerant, could not keep on weight, had a whole list of food allergies,and high cholesterol. It was a Whole Bag of Learning what he could tolerate, keeping in mind everything else he was taking for medications. Foods can negate your medications too. This was a very long process, but it prepared for his and my Life as now a Well-Seasoned Chef and experienced in Long-Term Care Meal Planning. Food Allergies, Weight-Management,Cancer Patients, Stress-Eaters,Yo-Yo- dieters,Good Food building Weight and Strength for Long-Term Care patients. I have a lot of on hands experience because I had too learn first hand to help my husband, and still cook for my family. So if you are looking for someone who can adapt herself, and work with you not against you that would be Me. If you are also looking for someone who will tell you her honest opinion not what you want to hear, that also would be Me. I can and will make a difference in your Life through good nutrition and good eating habits. **ADDITIONAL SERVICES NOW BEING OFFERED: >>>> Monthly Grocery Shopping AVAILABLE NOW!!! *** PLEASE CALL ME FOR RATES*****

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I Love to Cook! Cooking is another form of Art, and good food is Art. When I am in my kitchen creating a new recipe I am the happiest. I have my favorite music on and my tools of the trade all laid out. Then I start to put things together to start my new recipe, tasting as I go along, and making sure I add enough of each ingredient, then of course you add a pinch more. As I have always said, what's not to like, cooking great food, sampling it, and then when the recipe is good enough offering it to my clients,YOU!
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Location

Saint Paul, MN 55119

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

12

Reviews

20 Reviews
  • Nathan F. Aug 15, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Good communication and great food,
  • Thomas M. Jul 21, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Food tastes great and is easy to prepare for mealtime. Gianna is also very knowledgable on nutritional issues.
    Gianna I. Jul 21, 2015

    Ty Thomas, food is my Passion and my clients are my Foodies!

  • Ryan S. Jun 23, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    Gianna's service and food has been incredible. Her enthusiasm and care for making the experience perfect is contagious. We are thankful we found Gianna.
    Gianna I. Jun 23, 2015

    Thank You Ryan, I aim to please, and having wonderful clients makes it so more enjoyable.

  • Joanne T. Jan 14, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    This experience has been better than I expected. The food prepared by Gianna is delicious. All I need to do is reheat and eat. So easy. So healthy. So good All this and affordable. So happy I posted the ad and Gianna responded.
    Gianna I. Jun 23, 2015

    Hello Joanne: you have been the perfect client, easy to talk too, goes with the flow, and hardly ever says I do not like that! Thanks again for choosing Divadish. Gianna

  • Char N. May 15, 2014
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Met Chef Gianna today and hired her on the spot. I requested personal chef services with a very complicated series of health-related requests, and she was so helpful. She brought a sample meal for us and it was delicious. We just hit it off, and I am looking forward to working with her for the long haul.
    Gianna I. Jun 23, 2015

    Hi Gang: Over a year now and still going strong, like the Energizer Bunny, I always look forward to coming to see you guys you are like family...:)

  • Jade B. Apr 14, 2014
    I needed a chef on the spur of the moment. Chef Gianna delivered with a wholesome Italian meal for two. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and Gianna assisted with making our evening a memorable one.
    Gianna I. Apr 14, 2014

    Thank you jade

  • James M. Apr 14, 2014
    Divine Chef Gianna! I hired Gianna for a small family birthday gathering and not only did she provide a scrumptious meal, she also delivered on keeping all of us entertained the whole evening. If you're seeking someone to satisfy your bellies in the form of food and laughter, she's the DIVA for you!
    Gianna I. Apr 14, 2014

    Thank you James

  • Karen M. Apr 14, 2014
    Chef Gianna hosted a cooking party for me and 5 of my friends. The theme for this event was healthy and tasty entrees involving only three ingredients. It was a hit! Chef Gianna was professional and knowledgable. Definitely worth referring!
    Gianna I. Apr 14, 2014

    Thank you Karen:)

  • Amy S. Feb 25, 2014
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    We had Gianna provide a dinner party for our twin sisters and their friends. Gianna was a joy to work with on the front end. She is very professional and passionate about her work. You can tell that she loves what she does. She enjoys working with food and people! The evening itself, along with the food, was a huge success. Everybody at the dinner enjoyed everything-- including Gianna! :) We would recommend Gianna for any of your catering needs, large or small.
    Gianna I. Apr 14, 2014

    Hello Amy thx Doll:)G.

  • Suseela G. Jan 22, 2014
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Both my son and daughter in law loved the food and they said every thing went very well thank you for doing such a wonderful job I hope we can do this again . We did this for the first time so we were not sure how it will go once it is done we are for the next time thank you Gianna once again
    Gianna I. Jan 22, 2014

    Thank Miss S: I really had a Wonderful time too, they are Wonderful people and that Lilly OMG:) she is adorable. Lucky You... Hope we can do this again next year or maybe a anniversary? or maybe a child's birthday party, if it's got food I am there to fix it:)

  • Lucie F. Nov 21, 2013
    One time, when I was ailing, Gianna surprised me with dinner, the best surprise ever! Greek chicken with roasted potatoes spiced just right, great sides and dessert. I've learned that this "DIVA" will never disappoint. Believe me, you'll want to come back for more! Oh, I discovered (from experience) that she also can give good ideas for entertaining deliciously and comfortably!
    Gianna I. Nov 21, 2013

    thank you, very kind words. G.

  • Joe P. Oct 8, 2013
    Gianna helped me brush up on all of the aspects of cooking that I felt I was falling short of. Just a few minor tweeks from a pro can really improve your ability to make a mediocre meal into a delicious dish.
    Gianna I. Oct 8, 2013

    Thanks Joe,,, ditto, it was my pleasure and Herb is still okay...:)

  • Bill B. Sep 23, 2013
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Gianna was terrific. Food excellent. Personality and customer service over the top. Would definitely use again. Will be our famiy's catering service of choice. We consider her a friend.
    Gianna I. Oct 8, 2013

    This 100th birthday party was a fun family reunion... I never ever have had so much fun ,I was treated warmly and welcomed like I was part of the family circle. I would definitely do another catering event with any of them and Yes I felt they were too my friends.

  • Charese J. Sep 5, 2013
    It was my pleasure to work with Ms. Gianna while on an account for Google. She takes such pride in her work, and aims to make sure every meal is made with love and style. Her professionalism and attention to detail is impeccable. You will be singing praises to the Diva at first bite!
    Gianna I. Sep 5, 2013

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Remember where I live now so when you are ever in town the coffee and the dessert is on, girlfriend!

  • Glen Peg T. Sep 3, 2013
    Since July, Chef Gianna has provided personal chef services to us. She creates heart healthy menu options based on our food preferences; shops for fresh and natural ingredients; prepares and delivers the meals to our home. We've been impressed with the high quality and serving size of the food; the extensive and varied menu; the delicious entrees whether it's poultry, beef, pork or fish; flavorful soups and stews; mouth-watering accompaniments of dressing and vegetables; and the to-die-for desserts! We highly recommend Chef Gianna for your personal and catering needs.
    Gianna I. Sep 3, 2013

    Thank you for all the kind words and new friendships.

  • Tom W. Sep 1, 2013
    Gianna is a special person with a special knowledge about food.I learn new things every time I get a new dish from her. I'v always had trouble with my weight and blood sugars and she has introduced me to many new ideas for eating not only healthy but very tasty foods.Her practical approach to foods suits my tastes perfectly.
    Gianna I. Sep 1, 2013

    thank you very much, food should be enjoyed shouldn't it? especially with friends and family.

  • Chris T. Aug 29, 2013
    I found Gianna through a friend, and enlisted her services as a 'thank you' gift for my sister and brother in law. They meet with Gianna, work out a menu, and are delighted with the meals they receive each week. I know this is a gift that will always be remembered.
    Gianna I. Aug 29, 2013

    thank you very much for the kind words and putting them out there for others to see too.I am very glad you chose me, they are wonderful friends and clients.

  • Linda W. Jul 25, 2013
    Always delicious
    Gianna I. Jul 25, 2013

    thank you, very much g

  • Laura R. Jul 13, 2013
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Divadish Kitchens and Catering are WONDERFUL! Gianna's response to my request for a personal chef position was quick and helpful. Her quote was reasonable and within the budget we had to work with. I was helping a friend arrange this as a gift to her sister. When the first meals arrived this was what she said about the food: "The Salmon burgers were so good we didn't need a bun, the stuffing in the Roasted Chicken was so delicious and flavorful, your choice of seasonings is wonderful. And of course that French Vanilla Raspberry Cake is Divine" I would recommend Gianna to anyone needing a personal chef, a few meals delivered once a week, or a special event. Five Stars! Thank you Gianna. Laura Ray
    Gianna I. Jul 13, 2013

    Thank you for such a wonderful review I appreciate your kind words and will do my best to continue to earn them. Sincerely Chef Gianna

  • Shelley S. Dec 16, 2012
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Gianna was a delight to work with. She had quick responses to our inquiries and questions, was very flexible, and the food was perfect for our occasion. She the added a lot to our little holiday party.
    Gianna I. Jul 13, 2013

    Hi Doll: if you need me again for this years event do not hesitate to call. Thanks G.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Phone interview, gather information about client . Do a Sample Menu Likes& Dislikes Price& Budgets
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am always fine tuning my skills. Which means I stay current in whats available for food products and what I can offer my clients that no one else is doing.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Personal Chef Services vary depending on needs of each client. Do not expect pricing to be like a restaurants menu, we make your meals one at a time NOT IN BULK!! Nor do we buy in Bulk.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My family owned restaurants out East, and then when we moved to Minnesota they opened up a local Malt shop, it was in my blood. Good food was not a option in our home, and eating the common bologna sandwich on white bread was never served in our house either. A Genoa salami & feta sandwich on crusty bread now that's a sandwich we ate all the time. How could I not want to do what I do, it is great and taste great too!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Grocery Shop Menu Planning Diet Consultations Nutrition Consultations Life Coaching Consults
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I offered my services FREE for ARC VALUE VILLAGE ST PAUL,MN. store. I was asked to provide their main entree for their Holiday Party, so I did a All Organic Beef Stew, with Carrots, Potatoes, (12) LBS. of Black Angus Beef, all simmered in a clear beef broth, till the meat just pulled apart.The staff and my daughter who is a store manager their was very pleased with the meal, and everyone couldn't thank me enough. I was glad to do it. Things that have No Paid value sometimes have More Value than we realize to others.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Taste their food and ask about quality. Do they have the personality you are looking for. Are they trustworthy, how is their pricing. Where do they buy from, is their food all natural, organic, healthy.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish to tell everyone that hiring a Professional Chef is not just for the Rich & Famous. Everyone can budget it into their Pre-Tax accounts, or spending accounts, and enjoy the necessity of good food in their lives. It is not about Quantity it is about Quality! So stop skimping on yourself, stop the Fast-Food hotlines, and start a different approach to eating healthy and making yourself Happy & Healthier.