Private Chef

Karen Lee will prepare a delicious dinner for you in the beauty and comfort of your own home.

Many options are available. You may prefer to do the shopping yourself or to have me shop. You may choose to have me stay to cook or to have me prepare the food ahead of time to be reheated.

Simple or elaborate menus are available, and are designed around your request. If you say, “I love steak” then I will suggest a few steak dishes such as Ginger Beef, Sichuan Steak au Poivre, or Marinated and Grilled Porterhouse and so forth. See sample menu below.

The private chef service is designed for 2 to 12 guests.

I look forward to cooking for you!

Price Schedule

Chef’s Fee:  $75.00 an hour ($85 after 7:00 pm.)
Travel Time out of NYC:  $35.00 an hour
Food Cost:  $25-$50 per person, depending on the menu


For Example

The estimated preparation time for a dinner party for 10 to 12 people would be 12 to 16 hours depending on the menu. If you have a housekeeper to wash dishes during the day, then I can prepare more food in less time. Once you have chosen the menu, I can give you an exact cost of labor and food.

Sample Menu

(many more menus available)

2 Hors D’oeuvres
  • Wild Mushroom Spring Rolls
  • Smoked Salmon Rolls with Crème Fraiche, Chives and Horseradish
First Course
  • Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup or
  • Split Pea Soup with Spiced Yogurt
  • Parmesan Toast
Main Course
  • Marinated and Roasted Rack of Lamb or
  • Sautéed Red Snapper with Red Pepper Sauce
  • Chinese Vegetable Risotto
  • Butternut Squash Puree
  • Marble Cake with Chocolate Glaze or
  • Coconut Cake with Freshly Grated Coconut and Lemon Curd Filling
  • Crème Chantilly & Fresh Berries