"I cannot sing Chef Erika's praises enough from my experience spending two weeks on a retreat enjoying her culinary expertise. During this time Erika was responsible for feeding a group of active hungry dancers with diverse needs and tastes. One of the needs was my paleo and low inflammatory diet comprised of many restrictions which had been problematic with other chefs in the past. Other needs from the group included pescatarianism, various allergies, and varieties in tastes as some preferred comfort food while others preferred healthier lighter foods. Erika took this all in stride and never failed to make a delicious meal often integrating the restrictions in an inclusive and creative way that was pleasing to all her eaters. Best of all, besides the deliciousness, I felt great eating her food and wasn’t worried something I shouldn’t be eating was in my dish. On top of all this she was pleasantly professional, punctual, and communicative which made it all the easier for us to enjoy the food and one another’s company. I look forward to having more of Erika’s food in the future and don’t think a better match could have been met."
Larissa from Petronio Dance Company, in October 2020
"Chef Erika cooked for a retreat I organized. Our communication and planning were straightforward. The menus were delicious and imaginative. No one reached for salt or pepper - every dish was just right and full of flavor. The person worried about the food being too hot was surprised that it was OK for her; the one with digestive problems had no trouble. There were blueberries in the kale salad, there was a cake with plums and ginger, or one with hazelnuts and chocolate. The meal set-up was convenient and everything went smoothly with Erika's way of working! I cannot recommend her highly enough! "
Jeanne SMD. on July 31, 2018
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We hired Erika to conduct an interactive cooking class for our daughters 16th birthday. Erika was great with the girls and they all had an amazing time - all while learning to cook and about nutrition. Erika created a menu that was teenage friendly so the girls would really enjoy the food and experience.See all reviews
Born and raised in Tehran, Chef Kami brings his authentic knowledge of Middle Eastern cuisine to every carefully curated dish. For the past ten years, Chef Kami has been cooking up creative and delicious dishes in the New York City area. He has worked in a wide variety of restaurants, and is a partner in a private event and catering company known for its high-end cuisine and mixology. He currently serves as the head chef at Habitas, a New York City member’s club in the heart of Manhattan.
Erika is the Private Health Chef and Nutritionist for Escape to Shape Destination Detox retreat, a 7-day fun-filled approach to intense transformation, combining fitness & nutrition. The next retreat is in Todos santos Mexico December 26th 2021 for new year's Eve and we will have more in beautiful & charming Hudson, NY and worldwide.
see more at: http://escapetoshape.com
Erika is also the Health chef for the Renew-Breakup-Bootcamp by Amy Chan. Our next retreat is in November 2021in Westchester NY. Check for online for more information. http://www.renewbreakupbootcamp.com
Erika is the Health Chef and Nutritionist for GroundSea Fitness and we are having small curated retreats in Lenox, MA.
See more info at https://groundseafitness.com
Chef Erika is also the head chef for the Petronio Residency Center in Round top, NY. She cooks for Dancers' on a regular basis. Check http://petron.io/prc/ for more information.
"Erika has been such an asset to my healthy lifestyle with her creative, delicious and easy ways to cook for someone who is always traveling and on the go. I've spent 3 wellness retreats with Erika as the Executive Chef and have never felt better knowing I am eating the best, freshest and most flavorful food. Her one on one consultations are always extremely helpful and she always has great ideas to keep me on track."
Cyndi B. on February 22, 2016
"Delightful experience - knowledgeable professional; great listener; personalized a healthy eating plan for me; shared knowledge in a way that made sense for me! High recommendations! "
Linda R. on February 17, 2016
"As a current nutrition student, I was so impressed and inspired being part of Erika's week-long nutrition detox and client evaluation. I found her detox recipes and meals were not only nutrient dense and free of typical food sensitivities, but also very filling and delicious. I left her detox week-long program feeling lighter, digesting my foods better, and full of energy. Clearly, her deep expertise in nutrition and food paid off and I've been able to incorporate many of her recipes and nutritional advice into my daily life."
Megan F. on February 24, 2016
"Erika is extremely knowledgeable. She made suggestions for my diet/lifestyle that I could handle. I left our appointment feeling motivated and enthusiastic about my health."
Lisa D. on June 14, 2018
Today, more than ever before, your customers understand that their food choices affect their lives. They are fit, informed, and discerning. They want food that is healthy and nutritious, without sacrificing flavor or excitement.
Your restaurant, hotel, or B&B has the opportunity to enhance its offerings by providing food that is as enticing as it is nourishing. Let Chef Erika help you become a leader in this fast moving industry.
Erika works with food providers to develop menus that are compatible with a growing market of consumers who demand healthy and exciting alternatives.
Perhaps your current offerings need only a slight adjustment or a more health savvy vocabulary. Maybe you are interested in building a new menu that speaks to today’s exciting trends. Whatever your needs are, Erika has the knowledge, creativity and the skill set to work within your budget and your branding. She will work with your team to make your cuisine distinctive, modern and delicious.
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"52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp"
Erika received her Masters from the Institute of Human Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She is certified by the Board for Nutrition Specialists and licensed by the New York State Education Department.
Erika will do a thorough evaluation of your health and goals to help you develop new eating habits that are compatible with your lifestyle. Whether you want to learn about healthy eating and how to prepare simple meals or just want whole foods to compliment an overall healthy lifestyle, her program will take you through all the steps-- from planning, to shopping, cooking and serving a fabulous meal. Erika works with individuals, both adults and children, as well as families, who are looking to make lasting positive changes in how they eat. She understands that there are many challenges to eating well, and her focus is on providing solutions for you that work.
Working with me -- Chef Kami
Chef Erika strives to create an individualized sophisticated and earthy dining experience. Whether it's a surprise birthday, baby shower, sweet sixteen, bachelor/ette party, or anything in between, a unique menu will be designed and executed, leaving you to enjoy the event with your guests. If you prefer, she will guide you in your cooking adventure, and teach you how to wow your guests with your new found cooking prowess.
Her cuisine is inspired by her Swiss and French Canadian roots and by her passion for nutritious and delicious locally sourced ingredients. The outcome is an exquisite presentation, so tasty that your guests won't believe it is actually healthy for them.
Erika's chef services cover the Hudson Valley, the Catskill Mountains area, the Berkshires, part of Connecticut and New York City.
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