Lamb meatballs with a tzatziki sauce
Feta mousse with pear and prosciutto
Sweet potato pancakes with a goat cheese crema and pomegranate
Garlic and rosemary shrimp skewers
Zatar spiced flatbread with a fava bean spread
Falafel with tahini sauce
Persian frittata


scallion pancake bites
avocado vegetable sushi rolls
beef & scallion sesame rolls
Sesame chicken sliders
Japanese rolled omelette
short rib and green onion dumplings
Sticky rice balls with sliced salmon and a miso honey glaze
Tofu bao buns
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Hi Ezra! I'm Tova I have a lot experience doing passed hor'derves from my experience catering weddings I used to be in charge of the canapes for the events at Aldor Mansion in Westchester and canapes are one of my favorite things to make. I gave you two selections. One is Japanese, its the most popular passed hor'derve menu that I do and the other one is a middle eastern which is inspired by my Persian heritage (it even has my mom's famous lamb meatball recipe) I hope you find it to you liking and if you have any questions or want any changes please don't hesitate to message me!

Meal for 10 on 31 December 2018

Chef Profile

  • Tova
    • Master chef
  • 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.


New York incl CT and NJ

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

Reviews (13)

  • 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 won’t regret it!

    • Worked on January 18, 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 December 31, 2019
  • 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 December 27, 2019
  • 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 7, 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 17, 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 18, 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 3, 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 December 26, 2018
  • Tova was amazing! She was here on time, prepared a delicious and beautiful meal that we all really enjoyed.
    Great experience!

    • Worked on December 15, 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 December 10, 2018
  • 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 10, 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 10, 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 9, 2018