Chefs in the News 2006

December 1, 2006 – Jennifer Urda, Jonathan Taube and Sarah Copeland were featured InTown Westchester magazine in an article about Personal Chefs.

November 14, 2006 – Mark Tafoya of ReMARKable Palate Personal Chef Service was featured In the Wall Street Journal, on FineLiving’s and on AOL’s homepage as one of’s Young and Successful series. AskMen article AOL article

November 1, 2006 – Vickie Kirlick of Traveling Gourmet in River Vale, NJ has recently contracted with Fagor America, Inc. to do demonstrations of their high-quality stainless steel pressure cookers and promote the personal chef industry at Macy’s Herald Square and at Fortunoff’s in New Jersey.

October, 2006 – Jennifer Urda of The Runcible Spoon in Westchster, NY conducted a cooking demo for “Helping Hands” of Westchester to help them raise money to provide much-needed funds to several local organizations that provide services for the poor. Some of the programs they support are: Hope House Food Pantry, Open Door Family Medical Center, Grace Church Soup Kitchen & Empty School Bags.

October 20, 2006 – Vanda Azevedo of Shilloh Personal Chef Service in Westbury, NY is the secretary of the NY Chapter. This year Chef Vanda joined the Williams Sonoma Store in the Roosevelt Field Mall developing recipes to promote W.S. products. Chef Vanda’s services promote a healthy living lifestyle and in support of that focus, Chef Vanda moderated a teleseminar on Health and Energy in October. In addition, Chef Vanda
offers a variety of Asian cooking classes, including the art of making sushi.

September 15, 2006 – Lia Soscia of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Service in Long Island, NY joined the Viking Cooking School at Loaves and Fishes in Garden City, NY as a Chef Instructor for their culinary classes. She is a featured writer for the with her column “Dinner with Chef Lia” and is a member of the Test Kitchen team at the She recently filmed a cooking lesson for a popular TV show on The Learning Channel, scheduled to air in January 2007. Lia serves as Media Director for USPCA NY Metro Chapter.

September 10, 2006 – Sarah Copeland of Sarah Copeland Cuisine has been preparing a variety of delicious, nutritious meals for clients who love to eat but are too busy to cook for themselves. Busy professionals and working families are taking advantage of the free time that this service provides them.

September, 2006 – Wendy Collett of Creative Cuisine By Collett has teamed up with Equinox Gym of Roslyn, New York to help gym members reach their fitness and weight loss goals. Chef Collett works in conjunction with the personal training staff to augment their fine work by providing healthy and delicious meals that are packed with flavor — not calories and fat.

August 30, 2006 – Jonathan Taube of Rocky Rill Foods in White Plains, NY was recently selected as one of Westchester’s Best Personal Chefs by InTown Magazine. In addition, Jonathan recently attained his Certified Personal Chef status from the USPCA. He teaches cooking classes to sold-out crowds at Williams-Sonoma at The Westchester Mall in White Plains.

August 6, 2006 – The USPCA has awarded its annual Excellence in Business Awards at the national conference in St. Louis. Two of our NY Metro chefs were honored. Mark Tafoya was named Marketer of the Year, and Vickie Kirlick of The Traveling Gourmet was awarded the Boiling point 212° award for Personal Chef of the Year! Congratulations to both of them.

July 26, 2006 – Chef Donna Mintz of Basil & Barbells was lauded by as “The Thigh Whisperer”, and a gal’s secret weapon for helping to stay fit with customized exercise plans as well as help in the kitchen.

Read the entire article at Moxxie

July 2006 – Lia Soscia is a featured writer for the Long Island Guide. Check out her column “Dinner with Chef Lia” on the homepage

June 15, 2006 – Chef Ryan Brown of Choice Cooking Co. was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about Personal Chefs. The article featured his delivery service!

May 23, 2006 – Chef Mark Tafoya was featured Canada wide on the CBC Radio program Food For Thought. The interview featured his work as a personal chef and his work with the Culinary Podcast Network.

To read more and hear the interview: Food For Thought

March 20, 2006 – Chef Mark Tafoya has created the Culinary Podcast Network, hosted and presented by The Gilded Fork. Bringing together 11 food related podcasts, the CPN is a one stop source for all the best food related talk on the internet, inlcuding Chef Ming Tsai’s Simply Ming Vidcast. In it’s second week, the CPN has jumped to the #2 spot on iTunes Food Podcast listings!

Read more about it at :, or subscribe via iTunes.

March 6, 2006 – Jonathan Taube of Rocky Rill Personal Chef Service was cited in a Hudson Valley Magazine article about Personal Chefs. He was listed as one of the 4 standout chefs in the area for customized personal chef services!

February 1, 2006 – The ReMARKable Palate Podcast was cited in Time Out New York as a notable New York based Food Podcast. “Manhattan-based actor-turned-personal-chef Mark Tafoya combines his two greatest loves, food and performing, in his weekly show that usually runs about a half hour. His episodes have an unpredictable, New Agey vibe: One week it’s an in-depth interview with his neighborhood Greenmarket manager, another week it’s a discussion of Michelin stars or his favorite recipe for broiled salmon.”

Read the entire story here:

January 29, 2006 – NY Metro Chapter featured in the Sunday New York Times! The Long Island Journal section featured photos of Glenn Burgess and Vanda Azevedo, and quoted Cathy Toritto and Mark Tafoya.

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January 26, 2006 – Chef Mark Tafoya of ReMARKable Palate has earned the title of Certified Personal Chef (CPC) by the USPCA. The designation of Certified Personal Chef is the industry’s highest mark of excellence, indicating a recognized endorsement of demonstrated expertise. Personal Chefs honored as CPC’s have earned this designation through education, experience and professionalism. Clients can be assured the Personal Chefs with a CPC designation represent the upper tier within their profession and are committed to excellence.

January 13, 2006 – Chef Glenn Burgess of Supper’s Ready Personal Chef Service has become a contributing writer at the “foodie” website Read his most recent article, “In Praise of Blue M&M’s” here:

January 10, 2006 – The NY Chapter is helping to make Valentine’s Day a little more special for Metro New Yorkers by offering special consultations and Gift Certificates to celebrate this special day of romance. Please see the Chef Directory to find one of our members near you, and we will be happy to craft a special treat for you and your sweetie!

January 5, 2006 – Mark Tafoya has been named Executive Chef of the Test Kitchen for The Gilded Fork, a leading culinary website which celebrates the sensual pleasures of food. Chef Mark will be responsible for recipe development and articles about cuisine from a multicultural perspective.

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