I could not have imagined a better experience! I hired Chef Vera to make a surprise dinner for my new fiancé and a couple of friends. Chef Vera was charming, kind and funny. The food was some of the best I've ever had. Her menu choices were expansive and all sounded delicious so she worked with me to select 8 apps/tapas dishes for everyone.
Each dish and course were amazing and the eggplant and roasted pepper dip, Petite Filet Mignon with chimichurri, and seafood salad really stood out. It was a great experience and a great value. I will definitely be using Chef Vera for my next special occasion!
Andrew Rauch, Hollywood, FL
~ Vera is simply the best. Her food is flavorful, gorgeous, and healthy. She takes pride in her work and it shows.
Vera does an incredible job of managing her time in the kitchen and we know we can always count on her to use the very best ingredients for us and never to take "short cuts" when preparing our meals. In our family, we have a lot of food intolerances (gluten, dairy, soy, etc) as well as very specific preferences and Vera tackles them all gracefully and successfully (and always with a smile!).
"Thank you for making such an amazing dinner for my birthday! See you soon!"
Rebecca Ramos Rivera, Boca Raton, FL
~ Chef Vera brings a delicious, unique culinary experience into the comfort of your own home. Her presentation, organization, and delivery of high quality delectable food, along with her personable fun-spirited style makes the event unforgettable. Additionally, her in- depth knowledge of wines and professional execution of international cuisine adds to the experience.
Not only is the service and food impeccable, but the care in cleaning up is to perfection, down to the last dish. We had her for Mother's Day and a surprise Birthday party for my husband and we can't wait to have Chef Vera for our next event!
Peggy and Joel Kesselman, Delray Beach, FL
~ Delicious food/Professional service
"We hired Chef Vera for a party at our home. The food was phenomenal, everyone raved about it. She is very professional and easy to work with. I will definitely contact her again for future needs."
Kacy Sallusto, Delray Beach, FL
with Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins Defensive Tackle
"Vera is very sweet. She is a very experienced Chef and her food is great!!! We made the right choice."
Shannon and Randy Starks, Davie, FL
~ What can I say? Vera exceeded expectations - which were already impossibly high - given the fact that I was having a party to celebrate a very important event in my family - a 60th wedding anniversary!!
She came through the door - like Mary Poppins and made everything appear seamless. She was in an unfamiliar kitchen with an entire family in the house and she made herself right at home and fit right in as she prepared an incredible meal from start to finish.
We oohed and aahed as each course came out……smiles all around. In the end, we were sad to see her go as she had become not just our personal chef for the night but also a key player in a lovely celebration.
I recommend her HIGHLY. She is the BEST.
Dana Cole, visiting Boca Raton, FL
we had 9 women at our Retreat and we would 110% recommend her!
"It was absolutely amazing working with Chef Vera, not only was she professional, on time - she was SO fun to work with! We had 9 women together for a retreat and all of us loved each dish. Everything tasted amazing and the attention to detail was incredible too.
We each LOVED her and her amazing food. The presentation was beyond what I could have thought was possible and I would HIGHLY recommend her!
with Keith Sims, former Miami Dolphins Pro Bowler:
~ "Chef Vera has been wonderful. She listened to my and my wife's requests. She has blown me away with her cooking skills, but more importantly with her people skills.
Whenever you invite someone in your home, there is uneasiness. Not with Chef Vera! She was friendly, easy to work with on a menu and cooked wonderfully tasty meals.
She made me a hero to my wife! (the chef was a surprise for my wife). Can't wait for her to come back next week."
Keith Sims, Davie, FL
~ Chef Vera is wonderful! We had a chance to meet her and try her delicious cooking while visiting my father in-law for the holidays. She cooks there once a week and she can cook anything you ask her pairing it with the perfect wine. She adds a fun and bubbly personality to the mix.
Daniela and Glen Cammarano
She can customize a menu based upon your preferences and dietary restrictions, or come up with creative suggestions of her own based upon your likes. Mondays have become a favorite day in our house, since we are greeted to the aromas of her wonderful cooking as soon as we open the door. And the best thing, everything is cleaned up immaculately. Oh, and my dogs love her. Probably because she is sneaking them samples!
Maya Saxena, Delray Beach, FL
~ Had a fabulous anniversary dinner with my husband and Chef Vera (used personal chef for the first time). Chef Vera was responsive throughout the process & food was great! Smart woman and very special night.
Christine Yaged, Delray Beach, FL
~ So easy to work with. Chef Vera came prepared, adjusted to our style and everything went so wonderfully! Cannot say enough about the food. Vera went above and beyond for us! We just loved the whole experience.
Elaine O'Neill, Boston, MA
~ Chef Vera is a true professional!!
From start to finish she ensured our party was a success. She is personable, sweet, efficient, and extremely detail oriented. She is a highly talented chef who prepared a delicious meal for me and my husband and our 20 guests. Needless to say, it was a huge undertaking and she created amazing, beautifully prepared food. We were all impressed with Chef Vera. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to hire a personal chef. Thank you for making our party such an enjoyable and memorable event.
Jami Leventhal, West Palm Gardens, FL
~ Vera is a wonderful chef!
Not only she has a wide spectrum of practice regarding international cooking but she has that "special touch" usually only found in traditional home cooking. While she is cooking, the aromas from the kitchen opening everyone's appetite tells all.
Vera also has a tremendous knowledge about nutrition and food sensitivities. I love the creative ways she bypasses dairy and gluten sensitivities with her delicious recipes. Her high spirit, good taste, and enthusiasm in cooking are uplifting. I highly recommend Vera as a chef to satisfy the expectations of the most discriminative palates.
Gilles Marin, visiting in Highland Beach, FL
(Universal Healing Tao and Chi Nei Tsang Senior Instructor, Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute Oakland, California, USA, Co-directeur de l'institut de Chi Nei Tsang Nice, France)
"Vera has amazing food and personality! Will use her again!"
Arlene Alvarez, Miami Lakes, FL
~ I had the good fortune to find Chef Vera on Thumbtack in October, and booked her for Thanksgiving dinner in our home. Chef Vera did an OUTSTANDING job and prepared the most delicious holiday meal for my family! I am always the cook for my family (and extended family) for all holidays, but this year I was unable to do Thanksgiving dinner.
Chef Vera provided an excellent attention to detail immediately from the time of booking; with a great deal of communication prior to the event to ensure that no detail was left to chance. After we finalized the menu in October, Chef Vera continued to follow up and the weekend before Thanksgiving called to reconfirm that everything was in order.
Thanksgiving Day Chef Vera and Jerry arrived with everything in tow in order to prepare a scrumptious feast! With calm, grace and a lovely warmth, Chef Vera and Jerry served my family an amazing dinner! Her lovely personality and grace definitely shined through in her food! The presentation was beautiful and a delight to behold on the plate.
It was such an incredible treat for me to sit back and relax and enjoy a stress-free holiday. Chef Vera left the kitchen spotless, and at the end of the evening, you would never know that a holiday meal with all the trimmings and fixings was just enjoyed by all! I will definitely be booking Chef Vera in the near future!
Darice Lang, Fort Lauderdale FL
The snapper, potatoes, vegetables, mango salsa were all so yummy. And of course, the apple strudel was delicious. More than anything, I think your personality made the night so amazing.
Everyone loved you and they all had a wonderful time because of you. So a million thanks to you and you will definitely be hearing from me again and from some of my guests as well. I had to pass on your contact information to them!
Najla Mayo, Davie, FL
What clients say
Mary Poppins arrived on carousel horse :)
~ Hi Vera, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your services, on the occasion of my husband’s 95th Birthday Party combined with our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
It was such a rare privilege to be able to bring your delicious and delectable offerings INTO MY HOME! Everyone remarked about the beautiful presentation of the hors d’oeuvres, and the various entrees. For an entire evening my guests and I felt that we were being treated to a truly unique food experience. How do I know? They told me! Over and over again. So Vera, thank you for the memory of a lifetime.
With love and affection
Joyce & Mort Vogel, Delray Beach, FL
~ We absolutely loved having Chef Vera and Jerry in our home to prepare a multi-course sit-down meal for our Labor Day gathering. It’s the first time that we could actually have a party then sit back, relax with our guests and utterly enjoy what became a joy-filled magical evening.
The food choices and presentations were wonderful and the wine pairing was perfect. I gave a few dietary requirements for our guests and Chef did the rest! I highly recommend Chef Vera for events, dinners, appetizer parties or daily personal chef services!
We are already thinking ahead to do a Christmas party so we can have Chef Vera back! Besides the service and quality, Chef Vera is a lovely person inside and out and a pleasure to work with. Very accommodating and kind. So glad we found her!
Anne & Jaime Arvizu, Miramar, FL
~ Chef Vera is an excellent chef. Her menus are creative and take into consideration all dietary restrictions. She takes time to understand personal tastes and builds her menus accordingly. I am so happy we found her!
Wanda Whigham, Riviera Beach, FL
~ There are many individuals who love to cook, enjoy it as a means of relaxation, are simply good at it...and then there is Vera.
This is a woman who's passion for cooking fuels her fire!!! Vera's passion for food and flavors is unsurpassed. I cannot imagine a time spent with her that didn't revolve around a magnificent spread of foods and precisely paired cocktails and wines for guests to imbibe.
The energy always bright and colorful, as the scent of spices dance a perfect tango in the air! Conversation is always brimming with the excitement of new flavors she has recently savored, as her smile warms the room and her bright eyes ever sparkle. Vera has an unparalleled, intense joy in the kitchen and is truly gifted in the art of cooking. She single-handedly prepares and hosts annual, multi-course wine dinners with grace and her own special touch of charm.
With her personality ever oozing warmth and friendliness, she is always a delight to be around. Vera is a chef who truly shares her heart with each individual through her magnificent cooking!
Monica Galarza, Boston, MA
~ We have had the pleasure of enjoying your unique style of cooking for some time now. It is homestyle but yet gourmet. It seems like there is nothing you can't cook from salads, appetizers, and especially main courses. Everything is delicious!!! We have had the opportunity for you to prepare dinners and brunches for us.
Your wine pairings at dinner are perfect. Your style of being the perfect hostess and explaining why the wine was chosen and information about each one makes for a very entertaining evening!!!!
It's not just the food but the entire experience. You are always so upbeat and pleasant to be around, that it makes the whole event complete. It is like having the restaurant come to you BUT a much nicer, unhurried experience.
Debbi and Norm Opper, Boca Raton, FL
~ Chef Vera has discovered the chemistry between the palate and fine cuisine! Chef Vera ha descubierto la química entre el paladar y la buena cocina!
Glenda Galarza, Boston, MA
~ We wish you well in your new endeavor of the personal chef in Florida, with wine and food pairings. We are certainly very disappointed that you have moved south.
The wine dinner prepared for us was phenomenal. It was a four-course meal, preceded by a Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava reception with hors d'oeuvres. Besides the delicious selection of Spanish cheeses, our favorites were Hunter’s Pâté and Eggplant & Roasted Peppers Dip.
Every course was perfectly matched with wine. There were some delightful surprises, such as the smoked salmon with spinach in crepes, with the mushroom medley, all that paired with the Las Valles. The final main course pairing of steak tips in potato pancakes matched perfectly with Vina Ardanza and all the different vintages of superb Spanish Clio. The final touch was made with sweet Muscatel Victoria. What a meal! It was an outstanding dinner with well-prepared food and wines chosen with the utmost care and consideration. You certainly know well both sides of the house and it showed. Furthermore, you care deeply about what you present and the quality, and we certainly appreciated it.
Barry and Sissy St. Pierre, Burlington, CT
~ We have had the good fortune and the pleasure to be invited to Vera's table. Each experience has been delightful. Vera is creative with food. She understands how different flavors mix well and go well together. She enjoys trying to create new dishes. The result is always delicious, flavorful, different and appetizing. Vera's cultural background gave her the opportunity to taste and prepare many different types of dishes, different spices, different preparation styles. She will be able to continue using this knowledge to advance her career as a personal chef.
Vera is an outstanding host. The moment you enter the house you understand that she is there to please you. She forgets about everything else. The food she offers is always presented with taste. An example of this has been her Christmas parties where she would display an incredible array of appetizers presented on different levels on the table with beautiful tablecloth and colorful centerpiece...beautiful to look at and each appetizer ever more delicious.
We are certain that Vera has a great future as a personal chef.
Lise and Amadeo Rinaldi, Waterbury, CT
~ Vera was amazing to work with. She cooked for a private holiday dinner at my boss's home in Boca Raton. She was well organized and very sweet to talk to. She prepared an amazing meal for 8 of us and made us laugh along the way.
We had her make cocktail meatballs (amazing), crab cakes (AMAZING), and the most incredible cheese board EVER to start us off.
For the main course, she made us Paella which everyone loved. The main course started with a Caesar salad. She finished off with a chocolate mousse in martini glasses.
Overall we were so happy with Vera. She was such a sweet lady that really made our event special. I can taste the crab cakes now! WOW!
Kristin Fuller, Boca Raton, FL
~ We had a great time with Chef Vera. Very fun, professional, and an excellent cook. I will definitely call her next time we need a chef for a party or just a good meal! Thanks, Vera.
Brian McGee, Delray Beach, FL
She left the house cleaner than she found it and she was a true pleasure to work with! I wish she lived in Charlotte so I could work with her all the time! Thanks again Vera - we all LOVED you and your amazing food!!!! xoxo"
Karly Wood & the Diamond girls, visiting Fort Lauderdale, FL
~ Most incredible chef
I hired Vera to cook for 23 people for a birthday party. I've been blown away with how amazing her food was. She was such a professional and so sweet and friendly. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food ranging from Salmon Tartare, mini crab cakes, Petit Filet Mignon appetizers to tacos and chocolate mousse. I will never look anywhere else, she is the best. Thank you for making my night so memorable.
Noelle Villanueva, Boca Raton, FL
~ My first choice !
Vera is a delight and her cooking is inventive and delicious. A professional who cares about presentation. And the kitchen is clean at the end of the night. I will always choose Vera first!
Linda Krat, Boca Raton, FL
~ I have been lucky enough to use Chef Vera for the past year to prepare meals for my family. As a working mother with very little time, Vera does everything from buying organic, fresh groceries to preparing meals that are absolutely delicious.
After sampling some of her delectable dinners like sweet potato and kale quesadillas, healthy (but delicious) black bean burgers, and fabulous roasts, I decided to challenge her. I asked her to prepare one of my favorites Indian dishes, chicken korma. I was quite skeptical that the dish would meet my expectations, since I grew up eating my dad’s Indian food and did not think anything could come close.
She did it. The korma was creamy, flavorful with just enough of a kick! I can’t say enough about her meals, I have tried everything from fresh fish with sweet mango sauce, marinated chicken kebabs with yogurt sauce and everything in between.
~ I wanted to thank you SO MUCH for such a delicious and lovely dinner you cooked for us on Saturday. All of the girls were raving and our Bachelorette was so happy. The food was absolutely delicious - I wish I could pick a favorite dish, but I simply cannot. Maybe the meatballs, but that eggplant and roasted peppers dip was to die for.
We ate EVERY leftover on Sunday for brunch. YUM! Everything was perfect and I hope you know that you did an amazing job. The night was perfect.
Thank you again for an amazing meal and for planning with me over the last few months. I appreciate it all so much. I will certainly be calling again next time I am in Boca or Ft. Lauderdale!!!
Haley Karlsruher, visiting Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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~ I want to say THANK YOU for making my husband's surprise dinner party so amazing! You were an absolute delight to work with from the very beginning. I know it was tough sometimes since I could not always talk when my husband was around. From the moment I read your reviews, I knew it would be you. I did not consult anyone else, how could I?
All of my guests are still talking about you and your delicious food. Your personality is awesome, warm, and loving! You felt like family from the moment I met you. About the food.....the spicy eggplant & peppers dip-WOW! I could eat that every day!
The Shrimp Criolli - superb. The stuffed mushroom was so delicious-absolutely the best I have ever had. The salmon tartar-what can I say? It was devoured before I could get another bite!
Behind the closed door dine and wine experience
We are so grateful to have found Vera and truly look forward to seeing her in our home each week. Thank you, Chef Vera!
Meghan K., Highland Beach, FL
~ Chef Vera was outstanding! She arrived early, came prepared with everything that we needed, and made amazing food. She was extremely personable and we really enjoyed having her cook for us - it was even better than I had imagined it would be!
Monique Bew, visiting Miami Beach, FL
~ I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you very much for making my week of packing up my mom so much easier. I worked from sunrise to sunset every day and it was a delight to have such a fantastic meal waiting for us every evening - we even had enough for lunch one day and some for our helpers also. The complimentary bubble cake was a hit! Very yummy - and my mother loved everything also!
Once again -- thank you for your part in helping to spread a bit of sunshine onto a very stressful week.
Gail Pokorny, visiting Delray Beach, FL
~ Vera was great. We had a group of 8 and the presentation, delivery and food was wonderful!! She impressed us with her knowledge of food and wine and look forward to her cooking for us again.
Dr. Rick Sternberg, visiting Jupiter, FL
~ Vera is very organized and capable. She aims to please. She prepared a Passover Seder for 15 guests. The food was prepared very well. She cooked, served, and helped clean. The kitchen was left clean. Her quote was very reasonable and receipts were presented for reimbursement. Would not hesitate to hire her again.
Rita Kaplan, Boca Raton, FL
~ Chef Vera was excellent. We had a dinner party of 20 and we have chefs and cooks in the family. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent and professional throughout the entire night. We really were impressed. My favorites were the stuffed mushrooms, creamy mashed potatoes, and seafood salad. We would definitely use her again.
Michael Welsh, Miramar, FL
~ We were happy to use Chef Vera's services during our first winter 2014-2015 in West Palm Beach county twice a week. We were tired of restaurant’s meals and were seeking more healthy options. We decided to hire a Personal Chef and picked Chef Vera right away. We didn't even interview other people.
We believe that any recipe needs some love and care and Vera seemed to us like a very warm and kind person. She was very attentive to our taste. We didn't have to make special notes about our preferences. She understood right away that we are happy with a light food, but rich in nutrition, and gave us different tasty-fancy suggestions.
Chef Vera always came perfectly prepared for her mission in our kitchen. She made us some extra meals and snacks for next days, always provided labels on food containers and left us with menu and heating instructions. Sometimes we asked her to buy some groceries for us, and she always found organic and freshest stuff.
During those four months, we became like a family and we'll miss Vera’s services in New York.
We definitely recommend Vera’s Home Kitchen for everyone who is looking to live a healthy lifestyle with tasty food.
Eric and Elena Wolf, Boynton Beach, FL
~ I am a nutritionist so food is my world. With little time to cook, I was unable to find organic, nutrient-dense food that tasted great. I had referred many clients to Chef Vera and used her for special occasions. It was when we hired Chef Vera to cook for us personally, that I realized her true talents. Vera is a culinary genius.
We are gluten & dairy free; only eat organic, and have food sensitivities which make cooking for anyone a challenge. Chef Vera created fabulous menus, which she emailed to me in advance for approval/ changes. Vera did all the shopping; sometimes having to go to multiple stores to find the correct ingredients. Then she brought everything to our home and that is where the magic began.
The meals created were DELICIOUS; not just good, but 5-star restaurant great. Everything was perfectly balanced and portioned. Vera would always “throw-in” an extra treat that she created like a coconut-chia seed pudding for dessert.
If you are looking for a personal chef I would highly recommend Chef Vera of Vera’s Home Kitchen!
Georgette Schwartz, Boca Raton, Florida
~ Vera was delightful to work with. We had asked for a creative menu and she was very responsive. We also enjoyed spending time with her as a person. She brings all her own supplies so there is no need to worry about having the dishes she may need and she cleans up thoroughly after dinner.
You can focus on enjoying the meal and the event with no worries at all. Highly recommend.
Gary Kunath, Jupiter, FL
(Author, entrepreneur, international motivational speaker )
~ I booked a private dinner with Vera for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. While I was not there, they raved about her immediately and said the food, quality, and service were wonderful. Since it was just the three of them, they spoke with Vera throughout their meal and she was lovely and extremely personable! I wouldn't hesitate to schedule another event.
Julia Reitman, Jupiter, FL