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Chef Linda Gauvry
TasteBuds Personal Chef is owned and operated by Linda Gauvry of Mechanicsburg, PA. Linda’s skills as a personal chef coupled with her approach to satisfy your culinary tastes makes her the perfect choice as your personal chef. Linda provides personal chef services in the Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg and Carlisle areas.
About the Chef
TasteBuds Personal Chef Service grew out of Chef Linda Gauvry's desire to prepare food made with fresh ingredients and customized to her client's personal preferences. She holds a bachelors and masters degree in nutrition from Penn State University, making her well-qualified to help clients with any special dietary needs that they may have. Linda has held a variety of positions in both the food service industry and nutrition profession. In addition to these experiences, she has taken specialized instruction from the Kitchen Shoppe, Wilton cake decorating classes, and Field to Plate. And of course, she filled her free time with cooking for appreciative family and friends!
As a wife and mother, Linda understands that the activities of family life can make it difficult to find time to create healthy meals that the whole family enjoys. She developed a desire to create a dining experience that would eliminate those concerns for her clients. Over the past few years, she began to explore the idea of starting a business that would allow her to fulfill her passion of cooking for others. In 2009, Linda graduated from the Culinary Business Academy, became a member of the United States Personal Chef Association, and became a personal chef. She also holds ServSafe certification.
Linda's mission is to provide you with a delightful meal option that will nourish your body and simplify your life.
Who Can Use A Personal Chef?
Hard-working professionals – No more planning, shopping, or cooking at the end of your busy day!
New and busy parents – Spend less time in the kitchen or grocery store and more time with your baby and family.
Persons who are physically challenged - We are there when it is physically difficult for you to prepare meals.
Persons with food allergies/dietary restrictions - Let your personal chef prepare delicious meals for you that YOU fit in your meal plan.
Or email Chef Linda by clicking here!
Sample Cook Day
Sample Cook Day
3 ENTREES FOR 4 PEOPLE
Once all food is prepared, it is portioned into containers or stored family style.
Start With A Salad!
Made with blueberries, broccoli, cucumber, and mixed greens...
...and a nice honey, lemon, poppyseed vinaigrette.
Entree 1 With Sides…
Lemon Turkey Cutlets
...served with masked rosemary sweet potatoes and green beans...
…in sweet and tangy honey/lemon sauce.
Entree 2 With Sides…
Roasted fajita chicken with peppers and cheese...
...served with refried black beans with cumin, chili, and fresh cilantro...
...and chili lime corn.
Entree 3 With Sides…
Italian Baked Chicken…
...marinated in light garlic and herbs
...served with Brussel sprouts, roasted peppers, cauliflower, and Kalamata olives with olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
What Does This Cost?
Costs Based on Number of Entrees
(12 servings for 1, 6 servings for 2, or 3 servings for 4)
(16 servings for 1, 8 servings for 2, or 4 servings for 4)
(20 servings for 1, 10 servings for 2, or 5 servings for 4)
$255 + Groceries
$280 + Groceries
$305 + Groceries
The following menu items are only samples of possible entrees.
Ask Chef Linda for any recipes that are your favorites that you do not see in the menu items!
Lasagna Rolls (meat lasagna rolls with homemade red sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella cheeses)
Rosemary Beef Stew (tender beef cubes in a tomato and beef stock with herbs)
Spaghetti and Meatballs (beef meatballs in a classic Italian tomato sauce served over pasta)
Beef and Butternut Squash Tagine (beef and butternut squash in a spiced tomato broth)
Glazed Meatloaf (beef meatloaf with mushrooms and onions topped with a slightly sweet glaze)
Stuffed Steak Pinwheels (steak pinwheels filled with a prosciutto, spinach, and breadcrumb stuffing) served with Stuffed Baked Potatoes (potato skins filled with a creamy mashed potato, cheese, and chive filling) and Candied Carrots (carrots with light brown sugar glaze)
Maple Glazed Meatloaf (a hearty beef meatloaf topped with bacon and coated with a maple-Dijon glaze) served with Parmesan Sweet Potato Rounds (sliced sweet potato circles baked and topped with Parmesan cheese)
Cheeseburger Stuffed Baked Potato (twice baked potatoes topped with a creamy ground beef, cheddar, and diced tomato topping) with a Mixed Greens Salad
Cranberry Pot Roast (tender chuck roast in a rich, beefy, subtly sweet gravy) served with Mashed Potatoes and Zesty Broccoli (crisp-tender broccoli tossed with olive oil and lemon zest)
Ginger Sesame Beef Stir Fry (sliced sirloin steak in a ginger-soy-sesame sauce, with broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers) served with Brown Rice
Chicken Saltimbocca (sautéed chicken breasts topped with prosciutto and Provolone and covered with a mushroom sage sauce)
Teriyaki Chicken (chicken thighs baked in a homemade teriyaki sauce)
Chicken Divan (chicken tenders and broccoli with Parmesan cream sauce)
Chicken Cacciatore (chicken pieces in a spicy Italian red sauce with peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, celery, and onions)
Chicken and Pasta in Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cream (chicken strips in a light white wine cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and shallots served over pasta)
Chicken Breast Lombardy (chicken cutlets with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and green onions) served over pasta with Herb and Garlic Green Beans
Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup (tender chicken breast pieces, onion, carrots, and mushrooms in a creamy broth flavored with roasted pureed butternut squash) served with Rosemary Herb Bread
Texican Chicken (mildly spicy shredded chicken in a seasoned tomato sauce served with corn tortillas and shredded cheese) with Seasoned Black Beans ("refried" black beans with a light Mexican flavor)
Lemon and Olive Chicken (Greek-style bone-in chicken breast seasoned with oregano, fresh lemon, and Kalamata olives) served on a bed of seasoned brown rice with "Greek" Green Beans (crisp-tender green beans topped with olive oil, feta cheese, and bacon bits)
BBQ Chicken (shredded chicken in a homemade bbq sauce) served with Soft Kaiser Rolls and Mixed Greens Salad with homemade ranch dressing
Honey Beer Chicken (chicken breast tenders simmered in a savory honey, beer, and Worcestershire pan sauce) served over Mashed Potatoes and Garlicky Green Beans
Chicken Breasts stuffed with Asiago and Asparagus (lightly breaded chicken breasts stuffed with Asiago cheese and asparagus, then topped with a light Dijon-cheese sauce) served with "Transylvania" Carrots (baby carrots and garlic glazed with butter)
Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas (marinated chicken breast strips sautéed with sweet bell peppers, tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette) served with corn tortillas and Simple Black Beans (black beans flavored with jalapeños, chili, cumin, and oregano)
Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken (chicken breast stuffed with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach, topped with a light pan sauce) served on a bed of Brown Rice Pilaf with Olives and Lemon (brown rice cooked in broth with sliced green olives, lemon zest, and fresh herbs)
Stuffed Italian Turkey Meatloaf (ground turkey meatloaf flavored with Parmesan cheese and fennel seed, stuffed with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and roasted red peppers, then topped with marinara sauce) served with Basil Peas (peas tossed with olive oil and fresh basil)
Sweet-Hot Mustard Chicken Thighs (baked chicken thighs with a dijon-brown sugar-chipotle sauce) with Cashew Raisin Rice Pilaf (wild rice tossed with carrots, peas, golden raisins, and cashews)
Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls (chicken breast stuffed with a spinach-ricotta filling, topped with homemade marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella) served with pasta and Herbed Green Beans
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Bites with Broccoli (chicken breast chunks marinated in a chipotle-ranch sauce) served with Corn Tortillas and homemade ranch sauce for dipping
Glazed Pork Chops and Apples (sautéed chops with sweet potatoes and apples in a cider glaze)
Baked Sweet and Sour Pork and Vegetables (pork with bell peppers, carrots, onions, and pineapple baked in a pineapple sweet and sour sauce)
Texican Shredded Pork (shredded pork simmered in Mexican spices served in tortillas and topped with cheese)
BBQ Country Spareribs (slow-cooked bone-in pork spareribs simmered in a tangy barbecue sauce) served with Cornbread (gluten-free) and Lemon Herb Green Beans (fresh green beans tossed with lemon zest and fresh herbs)
Glazed Pork and Apples (seasoned pork cutlets and sliced apples in a sweet-savory glaze) over Roasted Sweet Potato Chunks
Ham Pot Pie (classic one-pot dish of diced ham, carrots, peas, and onion in savory creamy sauce, topped with a savory pie crust)
Peachy Pulled Pork (tender pulled pork roast in a flavorful barbecue sauce sweetened with pureed peaches and honey) on Kaiser rolls served with Dijon Glazed Carrots (carrots in a ginger-Dijon glaze)
Orange Tarragon Pork (seared pork simmered in a citrus tarragon sauce, served over rice) with Glazed Green Beans (crisp-tender green beans with a sweet and sour mustard glaze)
Fish in Parmesan Herb Breading (baked fish coated with Parmesan and seasoned bread crumbs topped with lemon-caper sauce)
Seafood Bouillabaisse (shrimp, scallops, and mussels in a seafood broth served over polenta)
Fettuccine with Shrimp, Olives, and Mushrooms (shrimp in a Fontina cream clam sauce tossed with fettuccine)
Cod Baked Francisco (cod baked in a tomato artichoke sauce and garnished with Parmesan cheese) served over linguine (gluten-free) with Berry-Lime Fruit Salad (mixed berries tossed in a lime-flavored simple syrup with crystallized ginger)
Mediterranean Fish (baked cod topped with green beans, a mildly spicy tomato sauce, black olives, and feta cheese) served with Italian Salad (vegetable salad with tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, zucchini, artichoke hearts, olives, and pepperocini in a seasoned oil and vinegar dressing) and Crusty Italian Bread
Honey Pepper Salmon (baked salmon with a sweet honey soy sauce) served with Ginger Pineapple Rice (basmati rice cooked with fresh garlic, ginger, and pineapple) and Mixed Greens Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing
Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce (sautéed salmon seasoned with black pepper and finished with lemon juice and fresh dill) served with Red Potato-Asparagus Salad (red potatoes and asparagus with shallots and chives coated with a lemon Dijon dressing)
What does the fee include? The fee includes initial consultation, menu planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, food packaging, simple reheating instructions, and clean-up.
How many entrees will I receive? The number of entrees depends on what you want. Some clients prefer only a few meals per week; others want meals prepared on a daily basis. We can discuss the options to provide a service that accommodates your specific needs. Meals can be packaged according to your preference as well (individual portions or family-style).
Why do you have to cook at my home? Food must be prepared on site in order to comply with state health regulations. If meals are not prepared in your home, they must be made in a licensed commercial kitchen (not in the chef’s own home, for example). We cook in your home so that we can provide the most affordable, customized service possible.
What equipment do I need to provide? The only equipment required is a stovetop, oven, and reasonable counter space. The chef will bring along all necessary pots, pan, and utensils on your cook day. We will also need access to some refrigerator and freezer space in order to store your meals (usually one shelf each).
How much time do you need in my kitchen? The amount of time required depends on the number and type of entrees being prepared for you. The time usually ranges from between 4-6 hours.
Do I need to be home? It is not necessary for you to be home during your cook day. The chef will simply need access to your home at the beginning of the day. Your kitchen will be spotless when we leave.
How often do you come? Services are available on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. We will work with you to determine what frequency of service will best meet your needs.
What geographical areas do you cover? TasteBuds Personal Chef Service covers Cumberland and Dauphin Counties, in Pennsylvania.
Are all the meals frozen? TasteBuds will develop a customized menu for you that incorporates a variety of types of meals. For example, a typical service could include 1-2 fresh meals (stored in your refrigerator for consumption within 1-3 days) plus 2-4 frozen meals (packaged and stored in the freezer for consumption at your convenience). As always, we will work with you to determine the best mix of meals for your needs.