I began my culinary journey in my late teens as a means of bringing my family and friends closer together. I quickly fell in love with the thrill of cooking a dinner for 30 people in my tiny studio. I knew that I wanted to pursue food professionally. So I did the next best thing: I dropped my life in Brooklyn and moved to Paris. There, I studied pastry at Le Cordon Bleu and cuisine at École Grégoire-Ferrandi and traveled throughout Europe. After graduating, I went on to work alongside Michelin Star Chef David Toutain of David Toutain and Chef Daniel Baratier of Les Deserteurs -- two of the most talented French chefs.
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I had Lena cook for my mother's 75th birthday dinner in New York and we were all very impressed. Lena showed up on time, worked in an unknown kitchen with practically no direction, cooked a delicious 5 course meal with flavors that surprised and delighted, as well as cleaned up completely as promised.
Lena is absolutely outstanding! I'd give her 10 stars if I could!!! I had asked Lena if she could recreate the menu from my daughter's wedding and she recreated that menu to perfection! She is extremely professional, incredibly talented and super accommodating. Her communication with me leading up to the dinner was excellent and she clarified any concerns I had beforehand. It was such a treat having Lena come and prepare this meal and it is remarkable how she did it all in our tiny kitchen. She did all the food shopping, brought all her supplies, prepped, cooked, served and left the kitchen spotless. Each course was beautifully presented and the food was just exceptional! Lena made this in-home fine dining experience a truly memorable night for all of us! I highly recommend Lena for any occasion and I can't wait to have another opportunity to have her come again!!! Experiencing Lena's food is a very special experience you don't want to miss!
From the delicate prawn roulade to the complex depth of the lamb loin, the food Lena crafted for our dinner party was pitch perfect. As important, she & her team were positive and professional, able to adapt on the fly and accessible to needs of each guest. And don't even get me started on the desert!!! I'd recommend her without hesitation.