Meet Our Chefs
Kate Homes – Chef & Founder
Kate grew up with a love for the kitchen and good eats, surprising no one by opening a food business! After graduating from Le Corden Bleu in Scottsdale and working in culinary tv production at the Food Network, Kate sought training from James Beard award- winning chefs. She got her first taste of fine-dining kitchens working for Bradford Thompson at Mary Elaine’s in Scottsdale; eventually leading her to join Lachlan MacKinnon Patterson’s team at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. During that time, Kate was also exploring the nuances of being a personal chef in private homes, finding that the connection formed by cooking in people’s homes was not only rewarding on a personal level, but an amazing challenge to provide her clients’ tables with a variety of healthy and delicious meals on a weekly basis. Kate has since cultivated a team of talented chefs who consistently receive praise from happy clients whose lives have been simplified by the service we provide.
Karin- Chef & Client Relationship Manager
Karin joined the team in August of 2015 while finishing up her culinary degree at The International Culinary Center. She helps to manage the daily business operations and all incoming client requests. Karin loves all things food, so she enjoys getting involved with menu and event planning whenever possible. If you need anything, she’s just an email or a phone call away!
Alyssa – Chef
Alyssa is one of our awesome chefs who has been working in the food industry most of her life. She’s well versed in all cuisines, but we absolutely love her Italian background that gives way to amazing private dinner parties. Alyssa attended the International Culinary Center here in NYC with a focus on Italian cuisine and went on to train in the fine dining world in Parma, Italy. Alyssa has enjoyed cooking in some of NYC’s best kitchen’s such as Maialino and Ai Fiori. She is now loving her work in private homes, with a special focus on private events. Her clients love her enthusiasm and amazing food.
Jen – Chef
Jen is one of our talented chefs who has been enhancing her culinary skills over the years through cooking in private homes, as well as some side work in bakeries around NYC. Colicchio & Sons and Crispo Restaurant were some of her training grounds after attending The Institute of Culinary Education. The food she prepares in her client’s homes is perfectly executed. Jen has built strong, lasting relationships with her clients through her years with Carried Away Chefs. We love her cooking and they do too!
Debi – Chef
Debi has experience from many different angles of the culinary world in and around NYC including owning a cafe in the Hudson Valley. She attended The International Culinary Center and has vast experience in large-scale catering, as well as smaller scale cooking in private homes. Debi is known for her beautiful cakes, as she has a great deal of experience in the pastry world. We love her presentation of dishes, and know you will too.
Neilie – Chef
Neilie has an extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry after years as a restaurant manager here in NYC, as well as in the Loire Valley of France a few years ago. She finished up her culinary degree at the Institute of Culinary Education, and has now been cooking in private homes ever since. Neilie has gotten great reviews from our clients on their private events that she has cooked for, as well as their weekly meals that she provides their families with. She’s enthusiastic and provides delicious, exciting menu’s on a weekly basis. We’re excited to have her on board!
Joanna – Chef
Joanna has a wide-ranging background in food and wine, in which she’s cooked in private homes for years as well as past experience as a buyer for a wine distributor. She honed in on her culinary skills by attending the International Culinary Center here in NYC. She was one of the last lucky students to train and cook at L’Ecole, the French restaurant which was a part of ICC. Joanna loves children, and has a real passion for teaching them the benefits of eating healthy, delicious foods. She’s eager to help adults with this as well through the cooking classes that we provide. You’ll love her food and her cheerful instruction.
Julie – Assistant Chef
Julie has extensive experience in the food world as a double graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in both management and culinary arts. Julie spent time at L’Artusi and recently transplanted back to NYC having worked at Elements and the Ryland Inn in New Jersey and is wearing many hats assisting the Carried Away Chefs team.
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