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Chef Linda
Kosher Caterer & Personal Chef

Linda is your 4.6 star chef in Bethesda, for hire to cook American & Caribbean & Greek cuisines. Linda is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!



Private Chef

Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

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.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Garlic
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • capers & artichokes


  • American
  • Caribbean
  • Greek
  • International
  • Mediterranean

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Corporate Event
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

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.


  • Professional


American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA)
Personal & Private Chef Service Training Institute (Mar 2013 - Mar 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.

Bill Hansen Catering Bootcamp
Catering Bootcamp Attendee (Apr 2005 - Apr 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.

National Restaurant Association
SafeServe Certification (Apr 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.

American Personal & Private Chef Association
Personal & Private Chef Service Training Institute Participant (Mar 2002 - Mar 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.

Work Experience

Kaiser Permanente
Foodservice/Meal Plan Caterer (Sep 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 (Sep 2014-Now)

Designated as the kosher personal chef/caterer by for the Washington, DC & Baltimore Metropolitan areas.

American Personal & Private Chef Association
Association Special Recognition (Apr 2014-Apr 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.

Meals On Wheels Association of America
Featured Cookbook Recipe Author (Aug 2012-Aug 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 (Jan 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.


Bethesda, MD, United States
Travel: 60 kms

Language Spoken

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Cancellation Policy

  • Flexible
    Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
Reviews from Foodies:
January 2016
This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
January 2016
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.
January 2016
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 a kosher/halal option, thank you! This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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