Dining by Design - Reno Personal Chef
Dining by Design - Reno Personal Chef

Dining by Design - Reno Personal Chef

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Introduction: Every client has a unique need with health. It may be weightloss, food allergies or even a medical condition. I (Chef Brandy) will work with you as a Fitness and Nutrition Chef as well as a Health and Wellness Coach. Having a nursing background allows me to address these situations in an in-depth manner rare to the Personal Chef industry. I enjoy the daily challenges! With new research and development in the healthcare industry comes new ideas and concepts with eating for well-being. Combined together with client preferences and needs, each menu is different for everyone I work with. The variety is wonderful, refreshing and such a fulfilment when helping others with their goals.

Hired 10 times

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22 years in business

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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

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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


4 reviews


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Denise S.
Feb 29, 2016

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We were looking for healthy, low calorie, Paleo meals to help aid in our weight loss goal. My husband and I could not believe that she gave us everything we asked for with over the top flavor (DELICIOUS!!!) and the kitchen was spotless when she left. Chef Brandy was very warm, friendly and professional. We are going to continue to use her!! Denise
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Becky C.
Dec 7, 2018
Brandy took my food needs and translated them into delicious meals for the week. It is such a delight to open the refrigerator to find diabetic friendly gourmet meals there!
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Anne S.
Nov 27, 2018
Brandy has immeasurable experience working with people with diverse dietary needs. She is comfortable cooking straight vegan recipes, vegetarian foods, and all American cuisine. She is knowledgeable about balancing carbs, protein, and fruits and vegs. She loves to cook. She met with me the first day and was pleased to be able to say she felt she could work with me on a consistent basis. We developed a schedule and for the past 10 months I’ve been quite happy with how the meals have been prepared based on my particular likes and dislikes. I highly recommend DiningByDesign and Brandy Hackworth for your personal chef needs.
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Jessica B.
Aug 28, 2014

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Hired on Thumbtack

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Brandy Hackbarth


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    All full meal services include - Individual Consultation - Menu Planning & Recipe Research* - Grocery Shopping (actual cost of groceries may vary*) - Meal Preparation/Assembly - Packaging & Labeling* - Complete Heating Instructions - Clean up! - Ongoing Communication and Support

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

    How does it work? 1. Meet to discuss your needs. Discover your favorite foods, dietary restrictions, health goals as well as overall service desires. This first meeting is your complimentary assessment, but client input /communication is ongoing. 2. Plan your personal menu. Ensure you are only served foods you love prepared to your taste. Over 400 recipes are available and I will even make ones you have. There is no set menu you must choose from! 3. Schedule your Chef Day On a convenient pre-arranged date, I shop for fresh quality ingredients and bring them to your home. All meals are prepared on-site; no need to worry about delivery, pickup or freshness. 4. Enjoy! All your meals are packaged to meet your needs (single servings*, servings for two or family style). They are labeled and include heating instructions so each meal is enjoyed at its best.

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

    Having a solid medical background to specialize in all types of custom diets gives a great flexibility to address a broad spectrum of health concerns. Brandy is an avowed foodie, and continues to increase her knowledge and experience. "Serving your needs personally!" is a reflection of her personality, and her willingness to constantly try new techniques, recipes and customize each meal for you. During the beginning years of Dining by Design, Brandy worked with various local chefs, restaurateurs and in private kitchens to obtain a priceless one-on-one training. Brandy also studied with the United States Personal Chef Association, anti-aging doctors as well as naturopathic physicians and personal trainers. Since moving back the Reno area in 2003, Brandy has worked with various public and charter schools to implement better lunch programs and create awareness of healthier eating with Washoe County School District students, administrators, staff and parents. This includes a pilot program of which she was the Culinary Director; the students planned, sourced (even grew!), shopped, prepped, cooked, served and cleaned up the on-site school lunch program as part of their curriculum. This independent program went on to be recognized by the National School Lunch Program. This recognition acknowledges a rigorous compliance with federal nutrition guidelines. Currently, Chef Brandy is studying with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to pursue her Health Coach Certification.

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