Interested in hosting a dinner party or cooking class in the Tampa Bay area? Justin-Thyme Personal Chef Service offers exciting full service dinner parties in the comfort of your own home. Call us today for details!
Justin-Thyme Personal Chef Service
About The Chef
Justin-Thyme provides cooking classes, dinner parties, catering, and a wonderful fresh packaged meal plan for families and busy professionals on the go!
Chef Justin is extremely passionate about great food, wine, family and life in general. He is a consummate professional who designs foods that feed the eye as well as the palate. Chef Justin creates customized, ingredient-driven, seasonal menus that contain bold textures and dramatic flavors at his acclaimed local Safety Harbor restaurant, Marker 39 Floribbean Cuisine. These menus are enhanced with all natural organic proteins, herbs, oils, spices and the utilization of only the freshest seasonal and local produce. Chef Justin is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University's North Miami campus and is a highly regarded chef in the South Florida restaurant scene. Justin has honed his skills at several of the finest restaurants in South Florida including Nemo, Norman's, China Grill, The Blue Door at the Delano Hotel, the Gaucho Room and The Palm Grill. As Executive Sous Chef at the award winning Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa in Aventura Florida, Justin had oversight of restaurant operations and development for the property's six eateries including the star rated 'Veranda' restaurant.
Chef Justin has also apprenticed with several nationally known chefs including the legendary Robin Haas (Food and Wine Magazine's "Top 10 Best New Chefs"), James Beard award winning chef Michael Schwartz, corporate executive chef of Loews Hotels Marc Ehrler, Chef Allen Susser, Jose Andrés (who was awarded the James Beard award for Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region 2003) and critically acclaimed award winning author and James Beard "Best Chef of the Southeast" winner, Chef Norman Van Aken.
"Little did I know then, that I was working side by side with a chef who would later be recognized as one of the founders of New American Cuisine! Chef Van Aken molded me into the chef that I am today".
Celebrities and Professional athletes such as Carson Daly, Billy Joel, Cindy Crawford, Billy Baldwin, Brett Ratner, Chris Tucker, Carrot Top, Gloria Estefan, Chipper Jones, David Lee Roth, John Hiatt, and Andy Garcia, have all enjoyed Chef Justin's cuisine over the years. Chef Justin has been featured in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando magazine, South Florida Magazine as well as many local periodicals, blogs and websites. Call today and find why everyone in Tampa is buzzing about Justin-Thyme Personal Chef Service!
A Message from Chef Justin: As a dedicated Personal Chef, I come to your home at your convenience and take care of all your cooking needs, not only saving you time and money but also assuring that you get exactly the meals you want, when you want them.
Whether it’s regular weeknight meals for the family, stocking the freezer with meals for a new or expectant mother, special romantic dinners for two, or an in-home cooking class for you and your friends, we are here to provide you with personable professional chef service that is second to none.
For all of our personal chef services, we shop at only the best grocery and small market purveyors in the Tampa metro area. Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Mazzaro's Italian Market, Nicko's Fine Foods and a few select small famer's markets.
Similar to a farm-to-table relationship, we have cultivated a grocer-to-client relationship. Our relationships with store managers, produce managers and meat managers will help bring you the best ingredients and products that each store carries.
Our chef services provide fine dining restaurant quality dishes, completely made from scratch, therefore we only cater to smaller, more intimate gatherings. If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about our catering services, please call (407-493-6065) or email us to discuss your next special event today.
Please call us for pricing on additional personal chef services including our ultra-popular cooking classes!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What area do you serve? Personal chef services available to Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas including Tampa bay, St Pete and Clearwater.
How does the service work?
After the initial assessment to determine your menu requirements, a cooking day is agreed upon. We will shop for the ingredients needed to prepare your customized menu. We will prepare your custom meal(s) in your home using mostly our own equipment from scratch and a la minute (cooked at the last minute).
Who would want to have a personal chef? A Personal Chef is for anyone who does not have the time, interest or skills to plan, shop for and make daily meals. A typical client is someone who is tired of fast food or dining out and who wants to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals on their own time schedule in the comfort of their own home. Busy professionals, families on the go, retirees, new parents, and those just home from the hospital are typical clients who use personal chef services.
How long will your Personal Chef be there?I will be cooking several different entrees and side dishes from scratch, so it will take several hours. I cannot say exactly how many hours, however I am most willing to work with your schedule and can make arrangements in advance so that the cook date fits into your schedule completely.
Do I have to be home for the service?No, and most people aren't. Arrangements can be made at the assessment to determine how we may gain access to the house. However, some clients are home. This arrangement works fine as long as interruptions are kept to a minimum to ensure that we can complete all of our tasks in a timely and safe manner.
The cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entrée in a restaurant - Why is that?Although the fees are expressed in a per entrée or per serving fee, they actually represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef service. For example: the assessment process that is completed to determine what you like to eat, and how you like to eat, and whether or not you have allergies, sensitivities or medically specific requirements. All this information will be taken into account when preparing your entrees. Also included is the customizing of our recipes to reflect your wants and requests, submitting meal selections for your approval, the grocery shopping, coming to your home to prepare your entrees, table service and clean up. If you were to compare a personal chef service to restaurant service, you could think of it this way: For a restaurant, you must drive to get there, possibly wait for a table, take a chance that your server is having a good day, and if you have allergies or special requests you don't always have the guarantee that they will be honored, since most entrees are "assembly line" ready in the kitchen. After eating your meal you must pay for it, tip the server, and get back in your vehicle to drive home.
If you have a Personal Chef Service, you can eat a wonderful entrée that has been prepared specifically for your palate and dietary requirements, and eat it in the comfort of your own home
Our personalchefs are experts at decorative tabletop arrangement, food and wine pairings, and contemporary culinary design, ensuring that you and your guests have a world class dining experience.
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