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. Helping people directly by cooking for them in a positive environment and providing the highest level of service is our core mission. Stephanie lives in Scottsdale with her funny entrepreneurial Israeli husband and baby girl.
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 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. She loves getting inspiration for new dishes from places she’s traveled and is always experimenting in the kitchen. Julie lives in Gilbert and is a farmers market junkie.
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.
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 a gardener 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, and she loves trying the local specialties in every country that she has visited along the way. While her roots are Italian, Elyse enjoys cooking from a wide array of cuisines and likes putting a healthy spin on classic dishes. Outside of the kitchen, she can usually be found hiking, reading, or perusing Pinterest for new recipe ideas.