Ripe Personal Chef
 

Meet The Ripe Team!

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Chef Stephanie, Founder

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

10 years

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

I love to make a paleo style protein bowl - fresh vegetables, sweet potato, white fish and drizzles of kale pesto.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

Top 5 - rice wine vinegar, avocado, smoked sea salt, dried strawberries and coconut.

What do you love most about your job?

I love seeing clients satisfied and happy! Knowing that Ripe was a part of their memorable high quality food experience is everything. I never thought we could effect and touch so many people, the ripple is truly amazing.

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

I cooked for my Grandma once when I was starting as a ‘practice cook day’ she said it was good but I’d do that one again to really impress her. Oh and Tom Brady and Geisele would be next!
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Chef CJ

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

5 years

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

That’s a tough question! I love any breakfast food or Salmon Teriyaki with seasonal veggies.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

I can’t live without the basics - salt, pepper, garlic, onions and olive oil.

What do you love most about your job?

I love making great tasting food for all of Ripe’s awesome clients! It is the highest compliment when others enjoy my food.

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

My mom! She would be so proud of me for making it this competitive industry...making dinner for her would be my way of showing my gratitude for raising me into the chef that I am today.
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Chef Sarene

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

Officially a personal chef for 1 year.

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

Favorite dish to prepare would be a pasta. There are as many variations as there are noodles.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

My 5 favorites are olive oil, fresh herbs, shallots, salt and a little heat from chilies or peppers.

What do you love most about your job?

Love building rapport with clients, identifying and meeting client expectations with flavor.

If you could invite any person for dinner, who would they be and why?

I would want to invite a few people and have a dinner party: Mohamed Ali, Nina Simone and my boyfriend. I’d love to have my great grandmother in the kitchen with me, teaching and guiding me. She was from a small town outside of Perugia, Italy. The mother of 10, she was an amazing home cook. I have memories of sitting on her lap eating her handmade noodles swimming in chicken broth and a hint of cheese.
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Dominique

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

I joined Ripe’s team this year as the Culinary Concierge. I work with the clients and chefs, It’s a wonderful job!

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

I love simple pasta dishes that showcase their quality ingredients. For example, carbonara with linguine is one of my all time favorites.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

You’ll always find cayenne pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, sourdough bread and lemons in my kitchen.

What do you love most about your job?

I love how interesting and unique my job is. Whether it’s creating a custom menu for someone’s 50th anniversary party or speaking on the phone with clients - there is never a dull moment!

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

I’d love to make dinner for Julia Child. Being one of the first prominent female chefs in the world - I’d love to sit and pick her brain.
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Chef Judd

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

10 years

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

My absolute favorite meal consists of a sous vide ribeye steak with blue cheese.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

I always have garlic, butter, lemon, eggs and sriracha in my kitchen!

What do you love most about your job?

Providing healthy, tasty meals along with time savings so families can spend their quality time together.

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

Ina Garten! Her enthusiasm for cooking and good food is inspirational. I'd love to cook for her.
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Chef Andy

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

10 years

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

My favorite meal to cook for myself is hands down a dry rubbed Prime bone-in Ribeye steak, crusted in a cast iron skillet cooked rare to medium rare, in butter of course! Add some creamy horseradish potatoes, grilled asparagus with fresh garlic, lemon zest and parsley. Add a nice chunk of good locally baked crusty bread and I’m a happy man. For dessert, a slice of homemade key lime pie.

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

My 5 ingredients I absolutely cannot live without are garlic, onions, Kerrygold butter, a good homemade stock, and of course - kosher salt.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is the ability to make people happy. When I hear the sounds of laughter and great conversation during a meal with loved ones, I know I did my job well. That is the best compliment I could possibly get.

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

If I could invite one person for a one on one dinner, without question, it would be my Grandmother Lillian. She lived upstairs from my parents and I when I was a child living on Long Island. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 12 years old. She is the one person responsible for giving me a passion for cooking. I have fond memories of sitting with her watching Julia Child on TV and begging her to do whatever I could to help while she cooked from recipes of our Eastern European ancestors. Just thinking of cooking and dining with her makes me smile....I would love that.
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Chef Lindsay

How Many Years Have You Been a Personal Chef?

15 years

What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

Margarita pizza with burrata, raw granola with pumpkin seeds, coconut oil and chocolate chips over organic plain yogurt and grilled Arctic Char with basmati rice & broccoli. Of course, I don’t eat these all at one time!

What are 5 ingredients you can't live without?

I can’t live without chilies, olive oil, garlic, coconut milk and wine.

What do you love most about your job?

My hobby as a teenager directed me to culinary school in New York City and helped me turn something I just liked doing into a life long lucrative career which I still immensely enjoy. I've travelled the world on culinary adventures and cooked with some amazing chefs. I've worked in some of the most beautiful kitchens in some of the most beautiful museums, homes and beaches. I can't ask for much more.

If you could invite any person living or not, over for dinner, who would they be and why?

Percy Fawcett. I can't imagine as a westerner what it would've felt like to delve into the Amazon rainforest at the beginning of the 19th century . With his obsession to explore the unexplored, he carried only basic camping gear into a life threatening habitat - knowing each trip could be his last. He would've eaten only what the rainforest had to offer with barely any knowledge of what's poisonous. Most times not being allowed to build a fire and sleeping in the most primitive conditions. He would have had fantastic stories to tell at dinner!