The Culinistas is a full-service, in-home private chef company committed to hospitality. We facilitate and enhance private chef services, making healthy eating with friends & family easy and accessible.
Making In-Home Chef Services Easy & Accessible
The Culinistas provides all the benefits of a full-time chef without the cost and time required to manage a full-time employee. We recognize that every household is different and personalize the experience from start to finish so your household is getting the food they want, the way they want it.
Meet The Team
With over a decade of experience as a private chef, caterer, cookbook author, and restaurant veteran, Jill Donenfeld is a hospitality expert with global perspective. She has written four cookbooks, including “Better on Toast” (Harper Collins, 2015) and “Party Like a Culinista” (Lake Isle Press, 2011), as well as international cookbook titles in Madagascar and India. She has also written articles for Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, The Huffington Post, TimeOut, and National Geographic. Jill co-founded Bottarga Dell’Isola, which makes Italian-style cured fish roe for Eataly, and ran the kitchen at Villa Lena in Tuscany. In 2012, Jill was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of “30 Under 30” with Danny Meyer saying, “In whatever incarnation tomorrow’s generation has its Martha Stewart-like role, Jill Donenfeld is likely to play it.” Now, as culinary and creative lead for The Culinistas, Jill is bridging the gap for busy, urban households by giving them access to delicious, balanced, and routinely home-cooked meals.