How did you start your journey?
I feel inspired to cook healthy, modern American and international cuisines prepared with interesting and unusual vegetables, spices and kosher ingredients. With the background as a mashgicha, I have the knowledge and experience to prepare Glatt kosher meals in the homes of my clients. Menus for my catering often emerge from my love to research and cook foods from historical periods and far away places. Having a health education background enables me to create recipes and cook meals for individuals with allergies, significant illnesses and health conditions. Deciphering the puzzle of what I can prepare that enables people to enjoy their food stay healthy and become well again is genuinely rewarding.
Where is your cuisine inspired from?
I went to the culinary school of gramma Freda where I learned so much more than how to cook. My grandmother's kitchen was the center of her community. Everyone for whom she generously prepared and gave food loved her. There was always a seat and full plate for anyone in need. Her vendors were her friends that she respected for their skill and quality of ingredients. She depended upon their advice and they always saved their best products for her. That example is one I try to set for myself in all my encounters with vendors and customers. Under her loving tutelage I learned to experience and experiment with recipes using taste, smell and feel as my guide. It is those senses that I use today to create my own recipes to match the preferences of my clients with the ingredients that will best create recipes that they will savor and enjoy.
Foodservice/Meal Plan Caterer | Kaiser Permanente | 2014 - Now
Selected by Kaiser Permanente as a Healthy Picks foodservice/meal plan caterer and nutrition educator. Provide healthy meals to Kaiser physician and healthcare provider staffs for off-site workshops and in-office events. Conduct cooking demonstrations and workshops on healthy food preparation.
Washington, DC Regional Chef | Kitchensurfing.com | 2014 - Now
Designated as the kosher personal chef/caterer by Kitchensurfing.com for the Washington, DC & Baltimore Metropolitan areas.
Association Special Recognition | American Personal & Private Chef Association | 2014
Featured in two American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) website articles about being a kosher caterer and personal chef. CustomKosher is one of the only kosher personal chefs in the country.
Featured Cookbook Recipe Author | Meals On Wheels Association of America | 2012
Created, wrote and had photographed six original healthy recipes — more than any other contributor —to appear in Made With Love The Meals On Wheels Association Of America Family Cookbook, published in August 2012.
Linda Berns — Personal Chef & Company Owner | CUSTOMKOSHER, LLC. | 2002 - Now
CustomKosher provides kosher, delicious & nutritious personal chef & catering services to families, individuals, seniors, organizations and visitors to the DC & Baltimore Metro areas. Our meals are guaranteed to meet strict kosher standards, & if entirely prepared in your home are Glatt kosher. Our dinners, luncheons, holiday & life-cycle events are memorable whether traditional Jewish favorites, American classics or gourmet international cuisine made only with fresh ingredients.
Personal & Private Chef Service Training Institute | American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) | 2013
Attended the 2013 American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) Annual Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Received updated skills training on food safety, quality & banquet/dinner display and decor. Heard a special lecture from the Executive Chef of the Vice President on foodservice skills, formal dinner requirements and presentation. Attended a workshop on Internet marketing that emphasized the importance of open, positive social media communication with clients at all times.
Catering Bootcamp Attendee | Bill Hansen Catering Bootcamp | 2005
Participated in a 3-day workshop to train caterers on client services, quality and control factors in catering and how to market and manage a successful catering and personal chef company.
SafeServe Certification | National Restaurant Association | 2002 - Now
Received SafeServe Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association and have continued to update and re-instate my certification from the state of Maryland from 2002 through the present time. CustomKosher also maintains professional business licensing and $1,000,000 liability insurance.
Personal & Private Chef Service Training Institute Participant | American Personal & Private Chef Association | 2002
Attended the American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) training course on starting and successfully maintaining a personal chef service. At the time CustomKosher was established in December 2001 it was the only kosher personal chef service in the U.S.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Flexible - Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
What languages do you speak?
No description provided.
How far can you travel?
Foodie Sarah | 4.8
This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
Foodie Megumi | 4.7
Chef Linda's kosher Moroccan Chicken Tagine transported your taste buds to a different place!
This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
Foodie Dimah | 4.3
Chef Linda, you really took the time to explain what went in every dish, even as you were busy topping up your desserts. It was also very refreshing to have ...