• Private Chef Vera New York incl CT and NJ
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mediterranean

Signature dish:  

Steak Tartare and Ossetra

About Me

Living in Julia Child’s apartment in Paris was one of the major inspirations that led me to be a chef. Born in Russia and raised in NYC, I started my professional career at Daniel, which was a groundbreaking experience for me. Later, I moved to Paris to pursue my gastronomic dreams as well as to meet the city’s most renowned chefs. In the process, I learned an absurd amount about French culinary traditions. Always inspired by Japan, I headed to Tokyo where I worked with Zaiyu Hasegawa at DEN, a two Michelin star restaurant which was named TOP 50 Best Restaurants in Asia. My biggest mentor was Pascal Aussignac, who I had the pleasure of working with in his Michelin star restaurant Club Gascon in London. I believe that peace and harmony are attainable through food. I embrace tradition and modernity after years of traveling, cooking and eating. When I cook, the seasons inspire me – the ingredients and the flavors, freshness and complexities of the seasons. A good chef contributes to society and makes customers happy.
Additionally, I have 15 + years of private chef experience, collaborations and food styling. I offer private cooking lessons, plated dinners, small/large gatherings. I work with locally-sourced, organic ingredients and have experience cooking with vegan, vegetarian, and kosher dietary restrictions. I have knowledge of Asian, Mediterranean, Spanish and French cuisines as well as a wide-range of pastry making. I am able to travel in New York area, along with the occasional longer distance travel.

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Reviews - click review to see menu (38)

  • The food was ok, but not great. The gazpacho was not bad, but too heavy on the herbs. This took away from the expected freshness of the soup). The tuna tartare was lackluster. It didn’t taste like tuna, which I expect had to do with too much soy sauce. Between the tuna and the main course we had a frisée salad. Unfortunately, the salad was soggy and many of my guests did not eat it. The main course consisted of beef filet and mashed potatoes. The beef was excellently cooked and very tasty, but the mashed potatoes were too thick unlike the velvety consistency that one has come to associate with well prepared mashed potatoes. Finally, the dessert, tarte tatin, was very good (worth a repeat). Maybe I would use chef Vera again, but for a substantially pared down dinner.

    • Worked on July 23, 2022
  • We had a small gathering of friends, and Chef Vera really made it special. Every single course was amazing in terms of flavors and presentation - there wasn't a single item that wasn't exceptional, and she went the extra mile supplying extra accoutrement like special dishes for the crème brule.

    Vera and her staff were also very pleasant and professional. Meeting them put us at ease immediately. They were also willing to accommodate our covid comfort level, which is great.

    Having someone prepare an elaborate dinner for you and your friends, and having them take care of every aspect is a truly memorable experience and I'm very glad we went with Chef Vera.

    • Worked on June 18, 2022
  • Vera was awesome. We had a nice discussion about the menu. She was super helpful and made dishes to accommodate multiple dietary restrictions. The dinner was amazing. She is very talented and creative. Loved every ,inure of it.

    • Worked on May 26, 2022
  • Vera was amazing! We originally spoke about having a surprise pasta night for my girlfriends birthday and obviously with a large family, it comes with a bunch of modifications and last minute changes. Vera was accommodating, sweet, friendly and super informative with everything that we made. We ended up staying later than originally scheduled for but Vera was happy to stay and really put together a great evening for us all. The food was delicious too! We can’t wait to do it again!

    • Worked on May 23, 2022
  • Chef Vera was wonderful to work with. She designed a wonderful menu, sourced the freshest ingredients, and cooked everything to perfection. The presentation was flawless and each bite was delicious. As an added bonus, she was an absolute pleasure to have in our home. We’ll definitely be going with Vera again.

    • Worked on May 7, 2022
  • Chef Vera was exceptional to work with. With clear experience in a variety of cuisines she was up to the task of making a formal diplomatic dinner feel welcoming and enjoyable. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and equally as important, Chef Vera was professional, punctual, responsive to questions, and kind to everyone with whom she worked. Will definitely be booking again :)

    • Worked on March 30, 2022
  • Chef Vera helped design and execute a mouth watering, vegetarian, 5 course, plated Indian-fusion meal for my husband’s birthday. She went above and beyond to understand my vision for the meal. The roasted dates stuffed with paneer and served with a saffron beurre blanc were amazing. The biryani pot pie was an absolute showstopper. She provided her signature cocktail list and her Rose Mojito is to die for! Chef Vera brought this 5 star meal to the comforts of our apartment in NYC. If you’re looking for an incredible private Chef experience, Cher Vera will make sure you have a wonderful meal!

    • Worked on March 19, 2022
  • Vera was amazing! not only was the food outstanding but the presentation was absolutely lovely. Vera was incredibly knowledgeable about the dishes she served and was able to accommodate different dietary restrictions with ease. She helped with wine pairings and knew exactly what drinks would be suit the meal. Not only was she incredibly friendly and a joy to have in the kitchen, the food was perfect for our dinner party.

    • Worked on February 14, 2022
  • Vera was great to work with and prepared a wonderful 4 course meal for my wife’s birthday. All of the guests loved very course and it made for a very special night.

    • Worked on January 22, 2022
  • Vera was so wonderful! She cooked a delicious meal for my husband’s birthday dinner. We were a group of 8— she was able to accommodate dietary requests and created a beautiful night for us! We would love to have her again. Thanks so much, Vera!

    • Worked on January 15, 2022
  • Chef Vera cooked the most fabulous Christmas lunch for a small group of four at my home. The attention to detail in the call before the meal to arrange the menu, as well as the presentation and flavors of the meal were absolutely fantastic.

    I will book Chef Vera in the future and highly recommend her for your private event.

    Peter Brannan

    • Worked on December 25, 2021
  • Chef Vera provide a Japanese cooking class for our group of six. We had an amazing time. Vera was really easy to work with. She was super accommodating and and very responsive as she planned the menu with us. She helped pair wine with the meal. Her ingredients were all fresh and of the highest quality. She was great fun. We learned a lot and everyone had a terrific time. I highly recommend her.

    • Worked on December 23, 2021
  • What a special evening Chef Vera created for my wife’s birthday. The food was absolutely delicious and beautiful. Chef Vera and her sois chef we’re so lovely and can’t wait to have them back for another incredible experience! Would highly recommend to anyone.

    • Worked on November 6, 2021
  • Chef Vera exceeded expectations on every front! The menu she designed was spectacular, the food was beyond delicious, her hosting etiquette was the best I’ve ever experienced. I will be working with Vera for years to come.

    • Worked on November 13, 2021
  • The overall experience was outstanding .The meal was delicious from the appetizer to the dessert ! Vera is very knowledgeable in recipes from a variety of countries. Everybody has enjoyed this dinner .We strongly recommend Vera !

    • Worked on October 16, 2021
  • Vera is amazing. Food was delicious and she was unbelievably accommodating. I had a few changes and Vera was so responsive and happy to work through the details with me. The food was incredible quality and served beautifully. Highly recommend!

    • Worked on November 25, 2021
  • Chef Vera created an incredible meal for us and our guests. Her menu selections were spot on. Our favorites included the yellowtail starter and the ribeye with poached egg. She also went above and beyond to secure a special dessert to surprise one of our guests. We would absolutely request Chef Vera again and recommend her to our friends. Thank you Vera!

    • Worked on September 17, 2021
  • Vera is an amazing chef. The dishes she cooked for us were creative delicious and beautifully plated.

    • Worked on September 9, 2021
  • Vera was amazing. The food was perfect and her attitude and vibe was exactly what we needed. We would love to have her back again soon!!

    • Worked on May 1, 2021
  • Chef Vera is AMAZING! She was prompt with responses and very flexible. The lesson provided great tools and techniques to use in the kitchen. The meal prepared was perfect and delicious! I look forward to cooking with Chef Vera again.

    • Worked on May 5, 2021
  • Chef Vera did an amazing job and would highly recommend her! Looking forward to doing another dinner with Chef Vera!

    • Worked on March 6, 2021
  • Chef Vera is simply amazing. Professional, personable, accommodating, and best of all her food is amazing! She uses the best fresh ingredients and clearly takes great pride in her craft. I would hire Chef Vera again w/o hesitation.

    • Worked on March 13, 2021
  • The logistics were extremely easy and our meal was excellent! Vera cares a lot about plating, so along with an amazing tasting experience, you'll also have aesthetic pleasure.
    Vera is versatile in her craft and can tailor the courses to your needs. She takes care of all the details - and all you need to do is to show up and enjoy. Her smoked pannacotta is to die for!

    • Worked on February 13, 2021
  • I had an amazing valentines diner experience with Vera as a chef. She started with serving some cocktails and then dinner itself. We had escargot sandwich, steak with foie grass, pasta ragu and lamb. I’ll say me fav thing were escargot and pasta. However, we enjoyed every meal. She was also super flexible with serving dishes given we have newborn and had to step out of table a few times. Overall atmosphere was great. Thanks again Vera! Hoping for another experience with you.

    • Worked on February 14, 2021
  • Chef Vera was an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only was she a delightful presence, she was communicative throughout and made such a lovely birthday meal for my sister! The dishes were so thoughtfully plated, and she was so lovely from start to end. We had an unusual request of a vegetarian japanese dinner, and she created a fantastic menu to fulfill that for us. Highly recommend!!!

    • Worked on February 28, 2021
  • I could not have picked a better Chef for my birthday dinner party! Vera was so accommodating and adaptable to any changes I requested. We decided on Middle Eastern cuisine and the food was absolutely incredible. Her hospitality made it easy for me to relax and enjoy my birthday. I can’t wait to plan my next dinner gathering and have her come back! : )

    • Worked on February 6, 2021
  • Our dinner with Vera was more amazing than anything we could have imagined! Besides the food being absolutely unbelievable, coordinating with Vera and the entire experience as a whole was effortless. Myself and my guests have nothing but amazing things to say. Some of the most delicious food we have ever had and Vera’s kindness and professionalism made the evening PERFECT!

    • Worked on August 7, 2020
  • Chef Vera was FANTASTIC!!!! She came to our home and cooked a 4-course dinner for my Mother’s 65th birthday and exceeded all of our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious, she used only the freshest ingredients and each dish was so unique and flavorful. On top of being delicious, the presentation of each dish was beautiful. It was like being in a 5-star restaurant in the comfort of our own home. Vera and her sous chef were not only great cooks and professional, but so warm and friendly it was truly a delight to have them in our home. I can’t thank Vera enough for creating such a special and unique experience for my Mom’s birthday. We had the best time and everyone is still talking about their favorite dishes days later because everything was that good! I would recommend Chef Vera to everyone and anyone if you are looking for a high-quality private dinner experience.

    • Worked on July 25, 2020
  • Fantastic lobster corn soup, salmon terrine, braised short ribs and pavlova. I absolutely recommend Vera.

    • Worked on July 22, 2020
  • Vera did an outstanding job. She communicated clearly prior to the dinner, and adjusted to changes throughout the evening. She was professional and low maintenance, enabling my guests to enjoy the dinner. Her food was beautiful and delicious. I look forward to her next meal.

    • Worked on July 8, 2020
  • Chef Vera made us an incredible 4 course steak meal for my husband’s 31st birthday at home.

    She was very professional, friendly and super communicative from planning to execution. She was open to adjusting her proposal to make the meal our own. She even gave us suggestions for wine pairings for each of the courses, that I happily purchased separately and was not disappointed with!

    The food too was absolutely incredible—sourced locally and of a high caliber. Her attention to detail and flavor is unmatched. She even incorporated some caviar we had at the house at the last minute.

    With a menu of:
    - Steak Tartare
    - Foie Gras Bon-Bons
    - Filet with Foie Gras + Madeira Sauce and Potato Gratin
    - Deconstructed Passion Fruit / Mango Cheesecake

    We were not disappointed one bit! We LOVED every course—key highlights:

    - The tartare was perfectly seasoned
    - The Madeira Sauce was to die for (I was actually banned from using anymore so we could freeze the leftovers)
    - The deconstructed cheesecake... perfection a nice palette cleanser after a hearty meal.

    Also important to note, if she made it we ate it—meaning any left overs were consumed as second portions or left for us to enjoy later!

    She is very sweet and enjoyable to chat with and shared many interests with my husband and I, so the conversation was never dull! She even shared local favorites such as the butcher shop & fish market she regulars as well as cooking tips, restaurant recommendations and the works!

    All in all, trust Chef Vera—she, her experience and her palette will not steer you wrong!

    I know we look forward to hosting her again in the future!

    • Worked on July 18, 2020
  • We had such a lovely evening with Vera! The menu was outstanding and so well tailored to what we were looking for... as were the cocktails! Made for such a fantastic birthday celebration for my husband - can’t wait to do it again!

    • Worked on July 11, 2020
  • We had an amazing birthday dinner cooked by Vera. It was well organized, atmosphere was great and the food was fantastic. Vera has a great personality and it was just an amazing evening that she helped us to organize.

    • Worked on June 18, 2020
  • Chef Vera was the perfect choice. My wife had a wonderful and very special birthday enjoying tuna tartare, foie gras, lamb ragu, and creme brulee. Highly recommend her for any and all special occasions!

    • Worked on June 3, 2020
  • Chef Vera brought a fun attitude to a really tasty 4 course dinner. She did not mind traveling a bit far to accommodate our location! Best part of the hot pot was the left overs, so our experience didn’t have to end! Would highly recommend:)

    • Worked on January 22, 2020
  • Vera was amazing! She prepared a wonderful Thanksgiving meal that was healthy and delicious. I would highly recommend her services.

    • Worked on November 28, 2019
  • Amazing! We had a wonderful time celebrating an engagement with family while enjoying Chef Vera’s four course dinner. Everyone enjoyed the food immensely and loved the experience. Chef Vera was very professional, explained dishes nicely and kept the meal moving at a perfect pace. Looking forward to having chef Vera back for another special occasion.

    • Worked on November 7, 2019
  • Spectacular! This was a very special night for me and my partner and the food was truly amazing. Throughout the process, Vera was very prompt and communicative, helped us with wine pairings, and tailored the menu to our exact specifications. Vera had an extremely upbeat attitude, even served the meal on our roof while cooking in the apartment. One of the best Italian meals I have ever had. 1000% would recommend that anyone looking for a fantastic meal to hire Vera!

    • Worked on September 21, 2019