My passion for food started at an early age in the kitchen with my late Grandmother and Mother. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Hampton University in Virginia, and being laid off from a dead-end corporate career, I made the best decision of my life - to pursue a career utilizing my passion for food.
My specialties have an International flare, from Mediterranean favorites, Fresh Mex, Sunday Brunches, Traditional Paellas, Italian Favorites featuring homemade pasta and more!
I have had the honor of cooking for wonderful families each week, families visiting the Tampa Bay area from all over the world, as well as professional athletes and celebrities. I look forward to making your next event a success!
Personal chef services
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Is Vivace Gourmet licensed?
Yes! Vivace Gourmet operates with a Florida dba license, a tax collector permit from the City of Largo, a SafeWay Florida Food Safety Certification, and $2 Million of liability insurance!
How does it work?
The first step is discuss your personal culinary preferences to design a meal package to fit your needs. Once you decide on a service that works best for you and a service date, Vivace Gourmet will come to your home or vacation rental for all services. Meals will be prepared to your specifications and your kitchen will be left as clean, if not cleaner, than when we arrived.
The Price is higher than What I'd Pay in a Restaurant...correct.
A Personal Chef provides a value added service of convenience! Keep in mind all that package prices include hours of planning, shopping and preparation you don't have to do yourself! Also, the menu is tailored to your specific dietary needs, likes and dislikes without all the additives of restaurant food.
Can you deliver the food?
Vivace Gourmet does not provide catering or delivery services, Florida law requires that Personal Chefs prepare all food at the customer's home if they do not rent or own a licensed kitchen facility.
What if I don't have all the tools you need?
We bring all the tools we need to make your meal a success!
Do You offer meal prep Services?
Vivace Gourmet no longer offers meal prep services to new clients. Only special occasion services are offered at this time.
Is Payment required in Advance?
Yes. Vivace Gourmet accepts payments through PayPal or Square Payment Services. Because your funds go toward the advance purchase of food, etc., cleared payment must be received before all services.
Is Gratuity Included in the pricing?
No. All pricing quoted includes menu planning, shopping, meal preparation and clean up. Just like your favorite restaurant, optional gratuity is always appreciated.