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Chef Vanessa
Delivering quality and passion to a world of taste!

Vanessa is your 4.7 star chef in Dubai, for hire to cook Caribbean & International & Italian cuisines. Vanessa is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!



Private Chef

Chef Consultancy

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

My ambition and curiosity have driven me to discover new aspects to my cooking style and I am always on the lookout for new things. I have an avid passion for fusion but still hold a love for the classics. I have always been fascinated with flavor combinations and experimental cooking to satisfy my clients' palates and specific dietary needs. My dishes reflect all corners of the globe and I strive to bring the best culinary experience to my clients. Wine pairings and sommelier available upon request.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Cayenne
  • Salmon
  • Coconut
  • Duck
  • Butternut Squash
  • Scallops
  • Cheese
  • Eggplant
  • Leek


  • Caribbean
  • International
  • Italian
  • Mediterranean
  • Soul Food/Southern (US)

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?

My passion for cooking was born under my Sicilian grandmother's feet as a child and carried on throughout my professional career. Starting at age 13 at a mom-and-pop's pizzeria, to working through college at a catering company, my passion has blossomed into an unrivaled talent. I received my certification from International Center for Culinary Arts and am London City and Guilds certified.


  • Professional


No description provided.

Work Experience

Freelance Catering Consultants
Executive Chef/Catering Consultant (Jan 2014-Now)

• Live Cooking Demonstrations • Event organizer and Chef • Private Catering • Estate Catering • Yacht Catering • Monitoring of HACCP through CCPS • CCP File maintenance • Experience in contract negotiations through conflict resolutions • Business Consulting

Freelance Works
Chef/Event Management/Counsultant (Jan 2006-Jan 2013)

• Live Cooking Demonstrations • Event organizer and Chef • Private Catering • Estate Catering • Experience in managing coordinating 100+ staff members • Supervised the production and organized distribution of 500 to 2000 pax a day • Monitoring of HACCP through CCPS • CCP File maintenance • Experience in contract negotiations through conflict resolutions • Able to support closings from open to post closing procedures • Business Consulting • Paralegal works

Puff n' Stuff Catering, LLC.
Senior Event Supervisor/Executive Event Sous Chef (Jan 2003-Jan 2007)

• Supervising and Directing crew throughout the event. • Spot checking food quality, hygiene, staff, presentation, etc. before and during event. • Set up and break down of elaborate food/beverage presentations/displays. • Onsite food preparation/service of 500‐2000pax events • Daily interaction with an Up‐scale clientele. • Created event themes. • Menu Design and costing • Artistic Co‐ordination. • Developed new product lines and concepts. • Team management of 15 to 100+ staff.


Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Travel: 500 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Strict
      No refund after booking is made
    Reviews from Foodies:
    April 2016
    Vanessa created a great evening of an Italian feast. The food was so tasty and professionally presented.
    March 2016
    She's friendly and approachable and easy to communicate with. Food was good but not of the same standard as other chefs from the platform. Probably would try a different chef next time. Overall though, nice lady with talent and a fun personality.
    March 2016
    Chef Vanessa was both professional and friendly and her food was amazing. She brought with her not only the highest quality ingredients but a good attitude, tons of passion for her craft, and a dedication to making our event the most special it could be. I would give 6 stars if I could!
    February 2016
    The experience with Chef Vanessa was quite soulful, I very much consider myself lucky in meeting such a wonderful chef who is so very passionate, engaged and truthful to their craft and profession.
    January 2016
    Vanessa joined us for a while for our vacation on a boat and it could not have been better! She is an amazing Chef and one of the most friendly people I know. She surprised us with the dishes everyday and always had the best quality from South American food to Italian, she can really make everything! It was really amazing! Thank you very much!
    March 2015
    Working with Chef Vanessa was amazing! I felt very comfortable from the very start when we discussed menus and went back and forth on her needs and mine to make the night successful. I appreciated her professionalism before during and after the event.
    January 2015
    Chef Vanessa impressed us and our guests with her professionalism and original recipes made out of fresh ingredients. The scallops with foie gras and the steak marinated in red wine were a hit! It was also great to see all this magic happening in our own kitchen, very entertaining. The only thing to improve would be the communication with the chef prior to the event, especially if there is little time left until date of the event. All in all highly recommend Chef Vanessa if you want to impress your guests!
    December 2014
    Chef Vanessa provided us with a culinary experience way above our expectations. The dishes were delicious and served tapas style. She is very professional and accommodating bringing with her plates and everything she needed to cook. She is also very pleasant and explained every dish to our guests
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