About Us

Making In-Home Chef Services Easy & Accessible

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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.

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), “Party Like a Culinista” (Lake Isle Press, 2011), international cookbook titles in Madagascar and India, and 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.

By combining her business acumen, love of food and entrepreneurial spirit, Tiana Tenet has brought structure and scalability to The Culinistas, now quickly expanding into New York City and Hamptons households. Prior to co-founding The Culinistas with Jill Donenfeld in 2017, Tiana spent five years as a financial advisor and consultant with families and entrepreneurs at J.P. Morgan, watching firsthand as busy mothers struggled to get healthy, delicious meals on the table for their families. Tiana saw how to leverage and grow Jill’s private chef placement agency into The Culinistas, a tech-enabled, scalable business making customized private chef services an approachable household ritual. Her business philosophy is centered on delivering the best high-touch customer service and bringing her advisory experience to The Culinistas customer service model. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Tiana spent a summer cooking in a Tuscan kitchen, assisted on the set of Giada at Home, and contributed to Food Network Magazine.