• Brenda
    • Master chef
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mediterranean

Signature dish:  

Grilled Pork Chop and Mostarda

About Me

Brenda Steele is a private chef & recipe writer, who specializes in menu development. She takes great pleasure in the opportunity to create vibrant, delicious & nourishing meals using high quality local & seasonal ingredients. She particularly enjoys bringing the traditional food practices of: pickling, cheese making, salt curing, fermenting & preserving into her culinary work, along with foraging wild edible flora & fauna to add special touches to a meal. The many hours, days and sometimes weeks it takes to craft the flavors behind a meal, appeal to her as much as the final meal itself. The idea that an evenings dish might be enhanced by a trailside wild fennel blossom picked that afternoon or that a single sliver of citrus peel cured for months, that daily grows, and mysteriously develops into a wonderfully unexpected flavor, brings about a profound sense of joy and satisfaction.
Although a native Californian with a deep love for the Golden State, Brenda currently divides her time between the high desert mesa of Taos, New Mexico & the Windy City, of Chicago, IL. She began working in the restaurant industry at the tender age of 14, and has actively worked within the field ever since. For 10 years she worked as a private chef in the professional yachting industry, traveling throughout the globe. She considers her nomadic-chef lifestyle to have played a pivotal role in developing her eclectic & adventurous food aesthetic, as well as her bold & colorful palette; having been profoundly influence by the foods and cultures she has explored over the years.
Her love of foraging wild edible flora & fauna, as well as working directly with local farmers and artisans, can be credited to her last 12 years living in the abundantly beautiful, wild natural environment of Taos, New Mexico. There she learned to spend time in the soil where the food she works with grows. She began working directly with the farmers who provide her with product. She discovered that to walk, talk & spend time with farmers on their land, is to understand their relationship with it. This connection and understanding is paramount to her style of cooking. Discovering what the land tells us it wants to grow has helped to create a depth to the way she works with food, and has helped her to understand how to produce and craft the ideal flavors from it……
For the last 5 years, Brenda has continued personal freelance chef work, as well as menu consulting & recipe development for clients in her home town as well as in California & New York, She has recently developed a new blog to showcase recipes, and to hone her skills for future forays into the world of cookbook writing.
When she is not developing menus, writing recipes, or hosting a private client dinner, she enjoys rambling alone in the woods for a cache of wild boletes & thimbleberries or soaking in the hot springs, amongst the big horn sheep, under the stars of the wide open skies of New Mexico.

Location:  

Chicago

  • 2-3 Course Plated Meal
  • 4+ Course Plated Meal
  • Banquet Meal
  • BBQ
  • Brunch
  • Cooking Lesson
  • Party canapes

Reviews (11)

  • We hired Chef Brenda for a dinner my husband and I hosted for our friends as a thank you to them for throwing us a wonderful baby shower. So, we wanted to make it special and Chef Brenda did just that! Her food was amazing, playing creative, and service simply impeccable! The best part about the evening is when I went into my kitchen at the end of the evening and it was spotless. I would hire again in a heartbeat!

    • Worked on May 27, 2019
  • The food, service and communication were all exceptional. I would definitely do this again and I would highly recommend. It was so enjoyable to have a better than restaurant quality meal in the comfort of our home. We used table at home for a graduation dinner and couldn't have been more pleased. In addition, our daughter is gluten free so the meal was gluten free but enjoyed by all the guests. The presentation and quality of foods was a true treat. Chef Brenda is the best!!

    • Worked on May 7, 2019
  • We had a birthday celebration with nine of our closest friends and Brenda was amazing. From start to finish the process, interaction, and meal was out of this world. Her food is so creative, and personality is fun and festive, and her level of professionalism is second to none. She baked a beautiful cake for my wife's birthday. It was an absolutely perfect meal and experience. We will be using Brenda again in the near future. You won't go wrong with choosing Brenda. Make sure to request the short ribs. OMG!!!!

    • Worked on February 28, 2019
  • Chef Brenda was truly first class. She was on time, polite, and delivered a wonderful meal for 4 people at our condo. We have a dog and she rolled with the punches as he sat at her feet hoping she would drop some scraps. The meal was delicious from start to finish and very creative.

    All in all, can't recommend Brenda enough and we will look to use her again in the future.

    • Worked on February 19, 2019
  • I can’t say enough about how memorable our experience with Chef Brenda was! I was apprehensive to hand over the keys and be a guest at my own party, but I couldn’t be happier.

    She curated an unforgettable menu, made the process extremely easy and wasn’t phased by our German Shepherd puppy who insisted on being her shadow.

    The menu consisted of a delicious palette cleansing salad with a mint vinegrette, a unique and flavorful galette, a red wine braised short rib that melts in your mouth, and to topped it all off a delectable dark chocolate cake.

    Chef Brenda really elevated the evening for our guests and went above and beyond. Everyone is still raving about the elegant meal and how phenomenal the experience was. We will definitely utilize Table at Home for future events!

    • Worked on January 18, 2019
  • We hired Brenda for a 1920's themed murder mystery dinner party in our home with 14 guests and she was absolutely wonderful to work with from start to finish. She worked hard to fine tune the menu to our preferences and budget. She spent time reviewing our timeline in advance to assure we were on the same page and when the weather was looking iffy for travel, she came up with a contigency plan to assure a smooth execution. She was a delight throughout the evening and our guests all raved about every course. She took such care with the presentation and the food was not only instagram worthy, but every bite was divine. We are so lucky we came across Brenda and we are hoping to hire her again for our next special event.

    • Worked on January 1, 2019
  • Thank you for your wonderful services. Chef Brenda was perfect in every way. Her chef skills were so amazing and all the food was not only delicious but it was presented so beautifully. Having a chef was such a bonus so that I could not only enjoy my guests but I actually could spend quality time with them. Thank you

    • Worked on December 31, 2018
  • Brenda was punctual and provided an amazing meal exactly as advertised

    • Worked on December 22, 2018
  • My husband surprised me with Table at Home as a gift, and it was truly an unforgettable experience. Chef Brenda was professional, communicative, flexible, and personable. She proactively reached out before our scheduled night to confirm details and the menu. She adjusted the menu to remove an ingredient I don’t care for, and seemed very open to any other accommodations we may have wanted. Her meal was EXCELLENT - among the best I’ve had, and I dine at high end restaurants regularly for my job. She was also a joy to have in our kitchen. She was very well prepared and consequently relaxed and personable throughout the night.

    • Worked on December 18, 2018
  • Brenda was amazing. Easy to work with and the food was truly a chef worthy of a fine dining restaurant. The food took into consideration several severe food allergies but never tasted like something that was altered for food allergies. It was such a great night to relax and spend time with family and my teen sons, who enjoy eating but don’t want to eat out. This will be a night we all remember- thanks to Brenda! We will definitely do this again!

    • Worked on November 4, 2018
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