The Secret Ingredient
The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

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Introduction: The Secret Ingredient specializes in providing a fine dining experience for intimate, in-home gatherings as well as cooking classes. Sharing my passion for food and teaching people how to use ingredients is what makes this work so much fun.

Hired 8 times

Serves Santa Fe, NM

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1 employee

6 years in business

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Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

6 reviews


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Molly W.

Personal Chef

Christian is amazing! He cooked a gorgeous meal for me and my friends. He was so easy to communicate with, had awesome ideas for the menu, was a pleasure to have in the house during prep and dinner, and left the kitchen spotless. I 100% recommend hiring The Secret Ingredient for your special occasion.
Aug 10, 2021
Ashley W.

Personal Chef

We were searching for a private chef for a family trip to Santa Fe. Our families have three young children and we knew going to a nice dinner was probably out of the question. When we found Christian, we were so excited! From the very beginning he was extremely responsive to my initial request and it just continued from there. He built out an amazing menu based on our wants and wishes and the food was incredible. On our next trip to Santa Fe, we would absolutely have him back and highly recommend him for anyone looking for a special experience.
Jul 13, 2021
Ben C.

Personal Chef

Christian was great to work with! He was so responsive from the meal-planning, to day-of, and afterwards. We had such an amazing meal and would definitely recommend him.
Aug 19, 2021
Sam H.

Personal Chef

To begin, Christian provided lots of menu options. He asked easy questions about food preferences for everyone in our group and created a custom menu that we all loved. He put a lot of effort into providing a high quality meal from start to finish. Christian is very professional in appearance and attitude. I look forward to using his services again in the future.
Jul 30, 2021
Jackie F.

Personal Chef

We used Christian during a graduation weekend celebration with family and friends. He prepared wonderful breakfast meals to start us on our day and a family dinner for 24. The food was amazing, fresh, and healthy. Christian was easy to work with, professional, flexible, and punctual. It was so nice to just be with family and not worry about where, when, and what to eat, it was all there, on time, and delicious. I strongly recommend Christian and he'd be my go-to chef again. Thanks Christian!!! You Rock!!!!
Jun 9, 2017
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Christian Andersen


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

    When we make contact, I prefer to have a conversation over the phone to find out exactly what the client wants, including specific questions relating to the situation.

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

    I hold a degree in Applied Science of Culinary Arts. This was a three year apprenticeship program through Colorado Mountain College. During the apprenticeship, I worked almost exclusively in fine dining restaurants where I learned how to properly use ingredients and learned classic, proper techniques to prepare food.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I started doing personal chef work a few years ago for extra income while working in fine dining kitchens and quickly discovered that I love the personal interaction with the people who are eating the food I prepare.

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