Meet our team
Meet our CEO and founder Chef Stephanie Heller a creative entrepreneur from Queens, New York. Stephanie started RIPE Personal Chef Services in 2008 after graduating Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale Arizona.
RIPE Personal Chef Services was born to serve the needs of discerning clients craving healthy comfort food on a daily basis. Getting people back to the table enjoying quality time together and having a healthy relationship with food is our core mission. Stephanie lives in Scottsdale with her funny entrepreneurial Israeli husband, 4 year old girl and 5 month old twins.
Christopher Bowie ‘CJ’ graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco in 2008 with a degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Honors. In 2010 he received an Associate degree from Skyline College in Kinesiology and Sports medicine. Combining both his passions for sports and culinary he has been a personal chef in California and Arizona focusing on sports nutrition and optimal eating. He thrives on working with semi-pro and pro elite athletes and believes in using only the best no processed ingredients. He lives in Tempe and loves to play baseball, kayaking and rock climbing.
Chef Julie and RIPE's Culinary Manager
Chef Julie received a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Phoenix and then went on to pursue a Master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont, Italy. She participated in several prestigious culinary competitions including Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Her culinary passion has strong Greek roots and believes strongly in eating and living well. Sports and nutrition play a big role in her life, she loves working with professional athletes and meeting their nutritional goals for the last 3 years. Julie lives in Scottsdale and can be found salsa dancing at least twice a week.
Chef Kat received her degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 2005. She did her three month internship at a hotel in Ireland, followed by a hotel in the Cotswolds of England. Chef Kat built her career in the bay area working for mostly high-end catering companies and private families. After having her daughter she left catering to work as a private chef at a sorority at UC Berkeley making lunch and dinner for 60-100 hungry girls. She and her family moved to Scottsdale in November of 2013. She is an experienced gardener and aquaponics fan and loves to cook good wholesome nutritious comforting meals.
Chef Elyse graduated from the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver after first earning her bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to the US and Canada, she has also lived in Italy and Switzerland, adding to her culinary talents everywhere she goes. While her roots are Italian, Elyse enjoys cooking from a wide array of cuisines and likes putting a healthy spin on classic dishes. She practices a holistic lifestyle of yoga, Pilates, plant forward eating and using food to increase energy and vitality in her clients. Outside of the kitchen, she can usually be found hiking, reading, or playing with her dog.