Kate Merola’s Resume

The craft of preparing various meals along with the constant study of how food relates to our personal health has been my biggest passion in life. I strive to pass on my love and knowledge in preparing healthy seasonal foods to all of my clients. I welcome all sorts of preferences to meet my clients’ specifications.

I am most experienced in preparing meals in a Farm-to-Table and Local Farmers Market approach that is nutrient dense and healing, especially for those with special dietary needs, including Anti-Cancer, Autoimmune Diseases, Gluten free, as well as Vegan, Macrobiotic, Low Glycemic Index, High Protein, and any specific meals at my clients’ request.

Living in Santa Monica just one block away from a world-class Farmers Market is my greatest advantage in supplying my clients with the most delicious and flavor-packed organic produce.

I have managed kitchens in private homes as well as high-end restaurants. I would describe myself as extremely organized, very clean, with excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills with a very high standard of professionalism.

Culinary Training:

Culinary Education and Training: Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, accredited by ACCET. 
619-hour professional culinary program in New York City. Graduated March 2, 2007. This prominently vegetarian curriculum focused on health-supportive fare, prepared to the highest of aesthetic taste and beauty.

Internship training: Annisa Restaurant, under Executive Chef Anita Lo, New York City.


Summary Of Experience:

My experience as a culinary professional has included serving families with a high-demand lifestyle—and expect the same from me. I am flexible, well organized, and strive to adhere to any specific details that my clients’ and co-workers request.



Current: Part-Time private chef for various clients in the Los Angeles Area. I’m always open to new part-time clients, or a full-time position with the right family.

Private Chef (part-time) for metastatic breast cancer patient, Pacific Palisades.
August 2014 to September 2014

Private Chef (part-time) family, Beverly Hills.
December 2012, July to November 2013

Private Chef (part-time) for client, Santa Monica.
July 2013, December 2013 to July 2014

Private Chef (part-time) for convalescent client in Pacific Palisades.
December 2012-March 2013

Chef/Caterer for documentary film series related to alternative cancer therapies.
August 2010 – August 2012

Private Chef (full-time) Private Chef for a family in New York City.
 Responsibilities included: daily shopping—including farmer’s market, weekly menu planning, monitoring kitchen pantry and household food supplies to the clients specifications, preparation, serving, and clean-up for dinners each weekday evening.  Special dinner and Holiday parties.
March 2009 – July 2010

Private Chef (full-time) for a family in New York City. Responsibilities included: daily shopping—including farmer’s market if possible, weekly menu planning, preparation, serving, and clean-up for dinners each weekday evening and special  parties.
October 2008 – March 2009

Chef de Partie, (full-time) The Norwood Club, New York City. 
Responsibilities included supervision of salad station (salads, soups, and appetizers) in a 4-story private Manhattan club, with extended bar menu served in the lounge and dining room seating 75 guests. Special duties including preparing food for private high profile celebrity parties as well as assisting the Executive Chef, Alison Cruddas, in menu planning.
August 2007 – October 2008

Sous Chef (part-time) under Executive Chef Alison Cruddas, Los Angeles.
 Assisting in menu planning, preparing, and executing catered party menus for private parties.
February 2007 to August 2007



Fluent in English, Polish, and German.


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