• Private Chef Tova New York incl CT and NJ
  • Asian
  • Italian
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle Eastern
  • Modern American

Signature dish:  

Seared Branzino

About Me

As a child, I Remember the smell of Persian spices and the scent of caramelized onions on the stove.
I became a chef because I love the way a home cooked meal brings a family closer. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, I wanted to be able to cook not just food but also experiences. So, rather than continuing a career in restaurants, I decided to become a private chef.
To truly succeed as a private chef In NYC it is crucial to develop a niche. My specialty is vibrant, healthy cooking. Whether I am cooking a rustic Italian meal or a 7 course vegan tasting, my food is always complex, yet simple.
My path has lead me to work everywhere, from a Farmhouse in New Jersey to a Mansion in the Hampton’s and my client list has grown to include influential people such as Paul McCartney, Katie Couric and Jimmy Buffett.
My goal Is always to stay to my motto: Start simple, end exceptional.

Recent Menus

Reviews - click review to see menu (15)

  • Tova was incredible and helped us create a beautiful and intimate dining experience for our friend's birthday.
    The flavors in each of our three dishes left us absolutely speechless!
    We loved hearing about her journey and background as well.
    Tova accommodated our Kosher requirements by coming out a little early to pick up some of the ingredients in our local shop.
    A beautiful human and wonderful energy in the room was an extra perk. I would definitely hire Tova again in the future!

    • Worked on January 11, 2021
  • I booked chef Tova for a private cooking class as a Christmas gift for my wife.

    Chef Tova made everything easy from creating a menu, selecting a cocktail pairing, to bringing wonderfully fresh ingredients to our house.

    My favorite part of the lesson (apart from the food which was outstanding) was chef Tova teaching us about the ingredients that went into our recipients; pairing grains and fruits from the same region in Italy (“if it’s grows together it goes together”) to a historical lesson on the commercial caviar fishing.

    Thank you again Chef Tova for a fantastic evening!

    • Worked on January 9, 2021
  • Chef Tova is an absolute star! I ended up booking Tova 1 week out after a restaurant I booked for my husband’s 40th birthday canceled our reservation to accommodate a private party. My sister was flying in from California and my mother-in-law from Memphis - it could have been a complete disaster but Chef Tova saved the day. Her food was delicious, she was warm and personable, and my kitchen was completely clean afterwards. Bonus - she is a sommelier so we did wine pairings with the meal and she explained everything. I couldn’t have been more pleased and my husband and our guests were so impressed with the evening. Don’t hesitate to book Tova...you won’t regret it!

    • Worked on January 25, 2020
  • Chef Tova was refreshing in many ways and my guests loved her and his assistant. She was extremely professional, highly flexible and the meal was fantastic. We had a beginning of year celebration with a Mediterranean theme. Tova has prepared food from region for some time and it showed. She was delightful and we ultimately decided to have her join us for the meal. We’ll certainly use her again.

    • Worked on January 4, 2020
  • OMG, Tova was wonderful. A charming bubbly personality with a wonderful sense of taste and culinary expression. I cannot say enough about the experience. I requested service for 12 and Tova provided extra items that were never discussed. She brought cheese, home made rolls and a potato dish. What more can I say other than you will not be disappointed.

    • Worked on January 11, 2020
  • Everything was perfect. She arrived on time and had a beautiful display of food ! Everyone was extremely happy and on top of the delicious food her service was impeccable! And can’t forget the delicious dessert 🧁!!!

    • Worked on December 25, 2019
  • Chef Tova was an absolute delight. She was on time, prepared, professional and most importantly... a fantastic chef. The meal she prepared for our party (of four) was beautiful and delicious. We would strongly recommend her!

    • Worked on November 23, 2019
  • Chef Tova is truly one of a kind! I hired Tova for an appreciation dinner for my boyfriend and not only did she prepare a delicious and beautiful seasonal meal for us, but she also was a huge help in making the night special going above and beyond creating a specialized menu with local wine pairings, She was the secret ingredient I needed to make the surprise evening a true success.

    We can't wait to plan another event with her before the summer is over! Tova's professionalism, creativity, and welcoming demeanor make her a pleasure to work with.

    • Worked on July 25, 2019
  • Chef Tova was delightful. Delicious meal, entertaining and enjoyable evening. We will be using the techniques and recipes that she taught us for many dinner to come!

    • Worked on June 13, 2019
  • Tova was incredible! Showed up on time, knows her way around a kitchen, and tailored the overall experience to make sure I learned important skills. Highly recommend!

    • Worked on January 4, 2019
  • Tova was amazing! She was here on time, prepared a delicious and beautiful meal that we all really enjoyed.
    Great experience!

    • Worked on December 24, 2018
  • Chef Tova created an incredibly special evening from start to finish. She was very flexible when we needed to move locations last minute and was an absolute pleasure to have in our home. There were many special touches added to the courses and the plating was beautiful. Most importantly, the food was amazing. Every course had amazing flavor and great proportions. Thank you Tova!!

    • Worked on January 5, 2019
  • Tova was the only chef that seemed to respond to my exact request and not offer a generic menu. She came prepared and left the kitchen clean when she was done. We enjoyed her unique combination of ingredients and occasional tips and tricks she didn't mind sharing. If you're open minded and enjoy being surprised by flavor combinations then Tova is a solid choice.

    • Worked on December 28, 2018
  • Tova was professional, attentive, punctual and knowledgeable. She arrived early, and prepared us a wonderful spread of Asian canapés. She cleaned everything up at the end and made our party a huge success. I’d recommend to anyone.

    • Worked on December 31, 2018
  • Chef tova was amazing. So professional. Her menu caters to all our needs and wants. The duck was incredibly delicious. The entire menu honestly just flowed perfectly. My husband and I were truly happy. Definitely booking her again

    • Worked on December 16, 2018