“Lauren Kretzer is an excellent vegan chef. She has a great palate for whole food cooking and for flavor balance – I would recommend her to anyone looking for a private chef and great healthy meals.”
-Amy Chaplin, Celebrity Private Chef and James Beard Award Winning Author of At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, New York City
“As a full-time working mom commuting into the city with a demanding schedule, I was having a very hard time figuring out ways to make sure my family was eating clean, healthy foods, and eating less meat. We were eating take out at least 5 nights a week. Through coaching sessions and meal planning, Lauren helped me discover how to create wholly nutritious vegan meals that were delicious, easy to prepare, and freeze well, that both my toddler and husband liked! She was really easy to talk to and work with – always provided thoughtful and realistic advice and insights on food/meal prepping, stocking my pantry and menu planning. One of the best things she taught me was how to create meals that do not require recipes. I truly enjoyed working with her, and in one month have been averaging home-cooked meals at least 5 nights a week. She has been fantastic to work with, and look forward to working together again soon.”
-Eugenia L., Client, Long Island
“Our family has had the pleasure of tasting Chef Lauren’s delicious yet healthy cooking when she has cooked for us on various occasions. We have had her cook for small, intimate gatherings of friends to large formal parties. From getting the highest quality ingredients, to prepping, as well as beautifully plating the food, she does it all with ease and a smile on her face. It’s a pleasure to have her in our home and try her extremely innovative and versatile cooking!”
-Akshie S., Client, New York City
“We reached out to Lauren at a time when we were trying to juggle some health issues that required a drastic change in our diet. Lauren came on board like a member of the family and immediately impressed us with her excellent cooking and warm presence. She stocked our pantry and fridge with healthy ingredients and introduced us to a number of new super foods that we had never tried, but found to be delicious and healthy. Lauren quickly taught us that eating vegetarian was easy, satisfying, and healthy. She’s a wonderful chef.”
-Amy K., Client, New York City
“Chef Lauren has been a godsend for me! And as a stay-at-home mom I was initially very resistant to the idea of a private chef. After all, I thought, it’s my “job” to cook for my family and I should be able to do so at least five days a week. But following a health crisis, my husband chose to follow a plant-based diet, and cooking two different meals every night (one for the two of us and a separate meal for our two grade school-age children) was extremely time consuming and challenging. He and I used to order-in on particularly busy nights, but even this is difficult to do when eating vegan.
My husband found Lauren online and explained to her our family dynamic, including my hesitancy. She offered to come to our home to cook one meal for us so we could try her food and I could see what it would be like to have someone in my kitchen. I thought a private chef was a luxury that didn’t suit our lifestyle or my personality, but as soon as Lauren walked in the door and set to work I relaxed. I was able to tend to other things around the house, and boy did I enjoy the meal she prepared – and only cooking for my children that night!
Lauren’s food is healthy and delicious and less expensive than take-out or a restaurant. When we go to family or friends’ homes, they don’t have to worry about preparing something special for my husband since I can just grab something from our freezer that Lauren has made.
She is educated in plant-based nutrition, talented and a real joy to have in our home. To say I look forward to Lauren’s monthly menu is an understatement, and what a reversal it’s been for me: Now I can’t imagine how I’d cope without her!“
-Anonymous, Client, Long Island
“Making plants taste so good that people ask for seconds, thirds, or for you to permanently cook for them isn’t typically an easy task. Well, for Lauren, it is. Lauren makes plants drool-worthy and makes you re-think the notion that healthy food equals bland food. I’m not sure what her secret sauce is, but I gather it’s some puree of poise, passion and creativity – with a bit of avocado. Because everything’s better with avocado, and Lauren certainly knows that, as well as how to make every other fruit, veggie, nut and seed taste incredible. Hire Lauren and watch yourself become healthier while eating out-of-this-world delicious food (which is typically an oxymoron, except when Lauren’s in the kitchen).”
-Talia Pollock, Health Coach and Owner of PartyInMyPlants.com, New York City