A New Beginning

Being a Household Manager/Nanny/Personal Shopper/Chef/Housekeeper/Party Planner was a tough job but hey, someone had to do it, right? Well, this was the day I decided the job was no longer for me. Here’s a mini-recap of the day I quit my job and decided to form my own personal chef & event service business.

Monday April 1st, 2013


Mood: Energized, Optimistic

I walk down the cobblestone sidewalk, excited to get an early start to my day. The stars are my only companion on this early, humid morning. I’m to be at work for 6:30am but today I was going to be early. I check my work email on my iPhone as I do every morning.

I’d avoid rush hour and cruise down the interstate, passing one or two other cars. Call me crazy (no, really, go ahead…I love compliments!) but driving in moderate traffic before 6am comforts me. It reminds me that I am not the only person in the universe who begins works at such an ungodly hour.

My enthusiasm immediately dissipates when I see three loading trucks blocking my vintage car and a bright orange parking ticket stuck to my windshield. It served as a nice reminder that today was street cleaning day on Beacon Hill. If only that reminder would have appeared in the form of a darn street sign when I parked my car on Sunday!

Anyway, I’ll skip the boring details and just tell you that the parking ticket and the loading trucks were obvious signs-signs telling me that I needed to leave the job that was consuming 13-14hrs of my day. I had been unhappy for awhile but I just kept on trucking…until that morning.

So, here I am now. I have formed my own little personal chef and event service company. I don’t know what the future has for me but I’m excited to share it with you all!

Welcome to my kitchen, I hope you enjoy your visit.

Xo Vanessa

About Vanessa L

My name is Vanessa, and I’m a 29 year old Personal Chef in the Greater Boston Area. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching friends and families gather together to enjoy a good meal that I’ve created. Full Bio »


  1. BRAVO Vanessa! Your passion, dedication, and professionalism is inspiring! I look forward to eating my way through your blog!

  2. Maggie Fawcett says:

    Congratulations to my beautiful daughter,i knew that one day you would find your passion,keep up the good work.

  3. Dear V,
    My bestest friend, compassionate lover of life, and loyal confidant, I wish you the best of luck on your new business venture. May it bring you success, smiles, joy, and most importantly HAPPINESS :). Looking forward to all your food posts and due to the cravings I will be having I must hire you to throw me a party! And if the day ever comes when I get married or have a baby you will be my first call to join me in planning a wonderful event I will always treasure!
    Love, Sue Boo.

  4. So, so proud of you!! This is just the start of BIG things to come!

  5. Chef Dave says:

    I remember that sort of life that you had. I too was a Private Chef, it was a wonderful life at the time, but I never worked harder. I saw the world and lived in luxury, but working for a high profile family can be taxing. Great to watch a dream take flight! God bless!

  6. Chef V,
    My amazingly talented friend! I am so proud you are doing what you love in life and are more than fabulous at it!! You are going to be fantastic. When you need a stylist for those chic dinner parties you know The Jbo Concept would be more than happy to assist! I’d be more than thrilled to trade a gorgeous center piece for you mouth watering bread pudding!
    Look forward to your recipes- <3

  7. Thank you V for the inspiration to never lose sight of our dreams, and always recognize the signs which validate our decisions and let us know when “it’s time” to make a change. Your blog is beautiful! I wish you happiness and success on this new adventure :)

  8. I absolutely love this website! (except that it makes me crave surf and turf at 10 am?) I am so proud of you and cannot wait to follow these recipes and try them out myself! Please keep up the amazing work and don’t forget about the little people :) Can’t wait to see what is to come <3


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