I have no words to describe how amazing our experience was with Allyson. My family adheres to a strict Kosher diet and we decided to hire a private chef for the Passover holiday. On top of the Kosher dietary restrictions, Passover presents its own restrictions in terms of what we can and can’t eat. For Allyson, this was a completely new experience and she exceeded all expectations. She is smart, attentive, and meticulous to detail. After we explained the rules, she understood exactly what to do (and what not to do) and adapted accordingly. Allyson navigated the complexities of our strictly kosher kitchen with great care, displaying a sense of true respect for (and sincere interest in) the rules to which we adhere. Aside from cooking delicious food, Allyson picked up produce everyday to ensure our meals were fresh and nutritious. Shopping based on our dietary restrictions is no trivial task. Allyson kept in close contact to ensure all the ingredients were permissible. Her culinary creativity shined even while operating under our strict guidelines. Allyson spent considerable time and effort planning our menu. She mixed personal requests with creativity and expertise making every meal unique and delicious. She was extremely adaptable to switching things around and always open to suggestions. Allyson is a seasoned chef who demonstrated an ability to mix flavor with culture. Even recipes she attempted for the first time tasted as if she had been making them for years. Allyson is extremely personable with a cool and calm demeanor. Her friendliness, authenticity, and genuine nature created an immediate bond with my family. Although we only had her for two weeks, she became a special part of our family. She is great with kids and has a positive energy that is contagious. Allyson was extremely responsive (even after-hours) to answer any questions we had. Even though the two weeks are over Allyson will always have a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!). I strongly recommend Allyson and would gladly welcome the opportunity to work together again in the future.