How did you start your journey?
Chiqui (cheek.y [chee-kee] adjective: sassy, saucy, audacious, bold) is short for chiquita, or “little one,” in Spanish. I have been lovingly called “Chiquita Banana” for years and over time, given my sassy spirit, the nickname was simply shortened to “Chiqui” … hence, ChiquiChef! You can find me wandering the local markets and sampling the fresh produce, which inspires me to scribble notes for future recipes. If you’re a willing listener, I will gladly discuss the benefits of drizzling truffle oil on a filet mignon or the different types of cheese you can use to make a knockout mac ’n’ cheese that even grown-ups will eat with the kids! My cooking style is is a combination of local and fresh without losing the flavor. French Culinary Trained, Italian Mediterranean Inspired with Latin Roots to make your dishes pop!
Where is your cuisine inspired from?
I practically grew up in an Italian restaurant and of course a boisterous latin family that live to talk about food and only think about food as if its the air that we breath.
Chef Instructor | Sur La Table | 2014 - Now
Deliver a cooking experience for clients and natural foodies at the Sur La Table Cooking Class in Pentagon Row. Menus
Chef and Owner | ChiquiChef, LLC | 2011 - Now
Provide personalized meal plans for clients, catering dinner parties and special functions. Teach Private Cooking lessons. Develop menus in coherence with client dietary needs
Culinary Assistant | L'Academie de Cuisine | 2010 - Now
Assist in L’Academie de Cuisine chefs with set up and preparation of food and materials for classroom presentations while involved in all aspects of instruction and demonstration of meals, as well ensuring food safety, sanitation and cleanup.
Front and Back of the House | Mardino's Restaurant | 1996 - Now
Managed, Hosted, Waited. Assisted owner-chef with production/preparation of food for all stations of service, banquets and offsite special events. Supervises the flow of the dining hall and ensure customer satisfaction through their dining experience.
Bachelor of Arts Personal Chef Service | Culinary Business Academy | 2011
Culinary and Business Training Degree Program for Personal Chef Services; training includes Food Handling & Safety, Business Administration, Culinary Marketing
Culinary Techniques Certificate Program & Advance Culinary Techniques | L'Academie De Cuisine | 2011 - 2012
Culinary Techniques is an intense fundamentals 20 week course adapted from LADC’s full-length curriculum knife skills, soups, stocks, butchering, filleting, pastry, presentation, time management and taste sensitivity. Combining classic techniques with a contemporary approach. Advance Culinary Techniques is a hands on training program that includes menu driven instructions, high end specialty and seasonal ingredients, restaurant style plating and presentation, Food and Wine Pairings
Multitasker | Mardino's Restaurant | 2001 - Now
This is my childhood restaurant that my Father and his business partners started in 1975 in New York. I grew up the ropes of running the restaurant from the front of the house to the back of the house an ended up as their sous chef. All my hints and tricks are owed to my father's wealth of culinary knowledge.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Moderate - Full refund up to 1 week before the event, 50% refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
What languages do you speak?
How far can you travel?
Foodie Victoria | 5.0
Everything went smoothly and dinner was fantastic!
Foodie Emily | 5.0
Chef Anna was wonderful! She worked with a few dietary restrictions and made an amazing meal. We will definitely have to do this again!! Highly recommend.
Foodie Chris | 5.0
Chef Anna was delightful. She worked with us carefully in planning our culinary experience. She visited our home about two weeks before our scheduled session to check out our kitchen ...
Foodie Suzanna | 5.0
Chef Anna created an amazing Spanish meal for a friend Bachelorette dinner recently. The food was amazing, with a three course meal that included tapas, paella and a desert of ...