Born and raised in Mississippi, I learned to cook at a very young age from my grandmothers. They taught me what true southern and creole food should taste like. The food I have cooked for the past twenty years has been highly inspired by them, which blessed me with the opportunity to cook for President George W. Bush, be a part of two James Beard nominated restaurants and work with iron chefs and competitors. My professional chef career began when I took a job in my hometown at Giardina’s Restaurant, an 80 year old family restaurant located inside the four star Alluvian Hotel. During my time there, I attended culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America and had the opportunity to cook for and meet multiple celebrities and celebrity chefs. When deciding to leave Mississippi, I chose Western North Carolina as home because of the hot local food scene, and the opportunity to pursue my passions of cooking, farming and fly fishing. Once settling in Asheville, I attended the University of North Carolina Asheville, where I received my bachelors in (agricultural) economics. Through this education I gained knowledge of our local food chain, met many local farmers and made relationships for acquiring fresh meat and produce. I enjoy cooking fresh food and being able to share it, and when I am not entertaining in the kitchen, you can usually find me working in the garden or relaxing on the river.
Absolutely! All our menus are fully a la carte. Once you’ve decided on a chef, you’ll see a list of all the dishes they offer and you can choose the ones you’d like for your event.
You pay a fixed price per guest based on your menu, plus a small, all-inclusive booking fee to our platform. You’ll be able to see exactly what you’re paying when you make a booking. No hidden costs, ever.
As many as you like! Although for events with over 30 people, we ask that you reach out to us to make an event inquiry.
That’s absolutely fine! When finalizing your menu, please mention these under ‘Special Instructions.’ For instance, you can specify that you’d like to accommodate one vegan guest and one gluten-free guest for your at-home catering and your private chef will prepare suitable dish variants for those guests.
Yes! You can make any changes to your booking. You can even cancel it up to a week before your event, and you’ll receive a refund.
Yes, it is. Our service includes full insurance for your private chef in case of any mishaps.
Each chef is fully vetted. We require at minimum one year of sous chef experience. Your chef has gone through an FCRA compliant background check and multiple interviews before joining our platform.
We take pre-payment to secure your chef and simplify our service. No fumbling with payments after your event or dealing with multiple payments in different stages of the process. Much like our service, our return policy is simple and meant to protect you, our hosts and our amazing Chefs.
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