Chef Ken's Catering
Chef Ken's Catering

Chef Ken's Catering

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Introduction: Chef Ken fully vaccinated 4.14.2021 You know how many families hardly eat together anymore, and when they do they don’t always eat healthy. I’m Ken McNamee a Personal Chef. I specialize in custom menus. I’m also a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant with international experience. I create healthy nutritious meals that bring families together. Tеасhіng Rесrеаtіоnаl Cooking Clаѕѕеѕ Teaching recreational сооkіng classes can bе fun and rewarding. Cooking іѕ a skill whісh is admired bу many would bе gourmets, bоth bу thоѕе who wаnt tо bе сhеfѕ аnd thоѕе whо juѕt lоvе tо еаt grеаt food! If you аrе luсkу еnоugh to hаvе a tаlеnt іn thе area оf сооkіng, thеn уоu аrе рrоbаblу vеrу familiar wіth hоw people аbѕоlutеlу adore еаtіng your сulіnаrу сrеаtіоnѕ. Stаndіng оn thе top оf thе world is what іt fеlt lіkе to me tо wіn a gоld mеdаl аt a сulіnаrу tоurnаmеnt in Sуdnеу Auѕtrаlіа. Althоugh I hаvе a bасkgrоund іn Intеrnаtіоnаl аnd domestic fооd соmреtіtіоnѕ and thе “metal” tо рrоvе іt, I lоvе thе experience оf mееtіng people аnd teaching them hаndѕ-оn сооkіng сlаѕѕеѕ. I gеt tо mееt interesting folks frоm аll wаlkѕ of life. Whether it wаѕ in thе kitchen of аn exclusive рrіvаtе club, a two bеdrооm соndо оr a lakeside саbіn, I hаvе hаd a blаѕt, аnd I’m рrеttу sure my сlіеntѕ have аѕ well. It’s bееn said thаt I hаvе a natural “саlmіng effect” іn the kіtсhеn аnd іt’ѕ one of thе reasons соllеаguеѕ lіkе hаvіng me аrоund. Cooking ѕkіll ѕеtѕ аrе often lеаrnеd bу trial аnd еrrоr, just lіkе a lot оf thіngѕ іn life are. It is whеn you use and apply thе knowledge whісh уоu have gаіnеd through уоur еxреrіеnсеѕ that уоu’rе rеаllу аblе to ѕhіnе. Sоmе thіngѕ аrе bеѕt lеаrnеd wіth a tеасhеr, and оthеr thіngѕ are bеѕt lеаrnеd thrоugh trial аnd error. Cооkіng іѕ a combination оf both bесаuѕе ѕоmе of the grеаtеѕt rесіреѕ ever created where dіѕсоvеrеd thrоugh еxреrіmеntаtіоn.
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Hired 52 times

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10 years in business

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2021

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

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Adrianne W.
Jul 8, 2021
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Chef Ken was amazing. We hired him to cater my mom’s 70th birthday party, and he went above and beyond. Before the event, Ken got back to me each and every time I messaged him, within the hour, and always worked within our needs for the event. He offered several menu selections, and also let me add on anything additional that I thought we would want for the dinner. He showed up right on time, and everything was served exactly when he said it would be. The food was INCREDIBLE! My aunt told me the next day it was the best meal she had eaten in recent memory. He was so friendly and accommodating the entire evening. I can’t say enough about him as a chef. I would use him again for any event, and also recommend him to my friends and family for catering as well. Thanks Chef Ken!

Details: Birthday or anniversary party • Dinner • Dessert • Italian • Buffet • No, drop off only • Home • Yes, full kitchen • Fewer than 20 guests • Standard (basic ingredients)

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Zakk R.
Feb 28, 2021
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I can’t rave enough about my experience with Ken. I hired him to cater a surprise birthday brunch for my wife and I came off looking like a rock star. Incredibly easy to work with from the first interaction. Punctual, fully prepared...and the food was exquisite. Seriously so good. Every single bite was enjoyed. Thank you Ken!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 2 guests • Breakfast / brunch • Premium (high end ingredients) • French • American - formal • Meal delivered • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Chef Ken's Catering's reply
Zakk, you're awesome!! Thank you
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Taja E.
Jun 25, 2021
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Oh wow — This might be one of my favorite reviews to write. Chef Ken is amazing and so, so talented. From the first message of inquiry, Chef Ken has been responsive, kind, and thoughtful. He developed a delicious menu for my bachelorette party and it truly made me feel so special. The food itself was exquisite. Chef Ken has a calm, professional demeanor. His experience has led to a ton of fun stories that we just loved listening to. If you’re considering booking Chef Ken, I wouldn’t hesitate — he is truly a gem. I can’t wait for the next time I can eat his incredible food!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - casual • American - formal • Mexican / Latin American • Italian • French • Gluten free or celiac • Dairy intolerant • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Chef Ken's Catering's reply
Taja!! Thank you so much for the review. I appreciate very much. Cheers! Ken
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Eric L.
Apr 21, 2021
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Ken prepared an amazing meal for my wife and my sister’s 50th birthday celebration. The dinner was gluten free and was out of this world. Presentation was creative and detailed. Further, he is professional and fun. We look forward to having Ken cook for us again.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • French • American - formal • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Gluten free or celiac • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Chef Ken's Catering's reply
Eric Thank you so much! I so much enjoyed cooking for you and your family. Really appreciate it.
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Christine k.
Mar 22, 2021
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We had to reschedule our dinner with Chef Ken two different times, covid and a unexpected snow storm. Each time, chef Ken was very understanding and accommodating. When we finally had our dinner, it was a wonderful experience. Chef Ken was on time, professional. We started off the evening with hor d'oeuvres, appetizers, salade, main course and dessert. Chef Ken went out of his way to make my husband's favorite dessert, chocolate mousse. Everything was unbelievably delicious. Chef was very kind and personable. He brought everything he needed and left my kitchen clean! He made the whole evening very enjoyable. Thank you Chef Ken for your talent and making the meal and evening very memorable and a wonderful experience.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Kenneth Mcnamee

FAQs

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

    Normally once I get the details from the client I will put together a custom draft menu to present. Then they can make changes on whatever their looking for and I will update and run it past them again. I'm very flexible and as a Certified nutrition and wellness consultant many of my clients have dietary concerns that need to be addressed.

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

    I'm a Certified Nutrition and Wellness consultant from the American Fitness Professional and Associate. In 2004 I was certified as an Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation.

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

    Growing up in near Portland Oregon I worked at some fine establishments where the Chef was a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) which they had an apprenticeship program and that's how I got started.

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