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5 Stars

A day ago I found chef Wayne from a google search and I’m so so glad I did. Every course was delicious. It was such a treat to have him cook for us. 10/10. We’ll definitely be calling him again.

Kristy Davis 11/29/2020

5 Stars

We just finished our 4 course dinner moments ago and we are blown away! Chef Wayne arrived 5 hours before the meal with everything needed. He then spent the next 5 hours crafting the most incredible meal I've had. Every detail was perfect from the table setting to the actual meal. You can tell that he is incredibly passionate about his craft. The cocktail sauce from the calamari is the best I've ever had. Incredible fresh rolls, fresh made caesar dressing... All of it could be bottled and sold. I cannot recommend him enough. Whether it's for a small group (there were 6 of us) or a large group. You will not regret it.

Lissy Griffin on October 10, 2020

5 Stars

We were renting property on Cayuga Lake for a girl's weekend and hired Chef Wayne. I can't say enough! He came with everything, even set a beautiful table for the 13 of us. Each of the 4 courses where skillfully prepared and presented. His knowledge of not only food and wine but of local history was truly entertaining. I highly recommend him.

Pam Sabith on September 13, 2020

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was amazing. The food was excellent!!! We were up in the Finger Lakes and the owner of the home recommended Chef Wayne for a surprise 40th Birthday party for my brother-in-law. We did the premium wine pairing with each course. The wine complimented the meal very well, and he made the kids feel like they were part of the dinner by incorporating chocolate milk and sparkling cider for them. Each course was unique and he provided some education in the region as well. 5 stars aren't enough. Thank you so much for making our event such a special and memorable evening.

Red Fox  on August 11, 2020

5 Stars

We enjoyed having an in-house Anniversary dinner especially critiqued with a 5-course meal with crafted paired wines to complement each course. Chef Wayne is very personable and knowledgeable on the history of the grapes and wine. He gave us a detailed blurb of ingredients and how he prepared each course - The proportions of food were perfect (no waste). We Enjoyed and will pass his services on to others. Thank you!

D. Menifee on August 6, 2020

5 Stars

Chef Wayne created a fabulous event for my wife's surprise 50th Birthday dinner. From the food to the presentation, to paying attention to every detail, he did everything right. He made a fun time even more special and my wife was impressed. Thank you, Chef Wayne!!!

Yvonne H. on December 31, 2019

5 Stars

Hi Wayne, thanks for providing a memorable evening last night. The food and presentations were excellent and we had a great time. We would not hesitate to recommend you in the future.

Best regards,

Greg F. on November 30, 2019

5 Stars

This was the second year that we hired Chef Wayne to prepare a meal for our girl's weekend in the Finger Lakes. Being a repeat customer should be testament enough to how wonderful he makes the dining experience. Chef Wayne arrives early to start the meal preparation and prepares all food fresh on the spot. Nothing is better than sitting down to a fully set table, being served a three-course dinner with wine pairings, and then having everything cleaned up for you...not a dirty dish left! Chef Wayne was even gracious enough to accommodate one of us that has dietary restrictions. All food and wine served were delicious! Sharing his vast knowledge of food origins, cooking techniques, and wine history makes this experience very entertaining. I am positive that given the opportunity we would hire Chef Wayne a third time.

Kelly S. on November 6, 2019

5 Stars

Thank You so much for this Evening, Everything was Amazing - the food, the wine, Your Presentation, the Atmosphere. We couldn't ask for More!

Kelsey D. on November 1, 2019

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was so great! I hired him for my cousin's bachelorette with 18 girls and everyone was so impressed with the setup, the food, and the service! I would absolutely hire him again!

Ashley R. on July 26, 2019

5 Stars

This Chef gave the best customer service from start to finish. His food is off the chain good! He is very knowledgeable about his food and wine. His stories were great and did I mention the food was off the chain??? Yes, I can still taste his food right now. I definitely recommend Chef Wayne! You will not be sorry.

R. Quez on July 7, 2019

5 Stars

I cannot say enough good things about Chef Wayne! He is professional, knowledgeable, easy to work with in addition to being a highly skilled chef. He cooked one of the best meals I've ever had this past weekend for my bachelorette party. Every part of the meal was delicious and expertly paired with local, finger lakes wine. He shared interesting information about our drinks and food and provided us with a true experience. The service was impeccable. 10/10 I recommend it.

A. Kathryn on May 26, 2019

5 Stars

I can’t recommend Chef Wayne enough! He was highly professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with in addition to being an excellent chef! His passion shines through as he provides interesting information about menu items and drinks pairings. The food was absolutely delicious; one of the best meals of my life. He does it all— from set up, firing each item just before serving, service, and all the cleanup. It was a true experience! I highly recommend him!!

A. Ryan on May 25, 2019

5 Stars

We have never done anything like this before and didn't know what to expect. When Chef Wayne arrived he made us feel so comfortable. We knew he was a professional right away. We did the wine pairing dinner and he took his time to explain every detail of the wine. He shared his expertise and knowledge regarding how to taste the wine, then the food, and see how they both change before and after. It was an amazing night and for those looking to have a wonderful date night. I would highly recommend Chef Wayne! Finger Lakes Chef on Demand is amazing!

Casey S. on February 25, 2019

5 Stars

A one of kind special experience we just had with Chef Wayne! Our family was incredibly amazed by chef Wayne’s knowledge about each dish and the stories he shared! His food is top-notch delicious and his service is impeccable! Wow! We cannot wait to have chef Wayne back again and try a new dish! Thank you for your time chef Wayne!

Christina R. C. on January 26, 2019

5 Stars

Delighted with Chef Wayne! Chef braved an unexpected and brutal snowstorm to keep our appointment. He was extremely focused but personable and helped create an incredible dinner event for a 40th birthday celebration. The food was delicious, the wine was generous, and we would hire him again in a moment. We hosted our dinner in a rented home, so his attention to detail with clean up was also appreciated.

If you're looking for a home run, Chef Wayne is your guy. We look forward to working with him again!

Rachel F. on November 1, 2018

5 Stars

The food and wine were excellent! It was such a wonderful evening - highly recommend Chef Wayne!

Amy C. on August 25, 2018

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was a huge hit at our 9-person Bachelorette Party. He had no issues finding and getting into our AirBnb on his own and had dinner nearly ready to go when we arrived home from a day on Cayuga Lake. Everyone had wonderful things to say about their meals and enjoyed being pampered by a true professional. Chef Wayne was willing to accommodate any preferences in food or wine, as well as allergies and special needs. He was also flexible with timing. He set himself up, cleaned his things up. I think everyone agreed that the table-side creme brulee was our favorite part. Thank you so much, Chef Wayne! We would highly recommend you again to anyone seeking a fun and relaxing night in on vacation.

LaShandra O. on August 18, 2018

5 Stars

Omg, absolutely THE best mushroom soup I ever had! The main course included a 2# serving of prime rib EACH and a creme brûlée that melted in your mouth. Wine pairings for each course - truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Irene T. on August 10, 2018

 

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was absolutely AMAZING. The mushroom soup, prime rib, and creme brûlée were divine!!! Very professional and passionate - would recommend over and over!!

Kelly W. on August 9 2018

 

5 Stars

We had an amazing meal last night prepared by Chef Wayne. Homemade Mushroom Soup, best ever. Rib Eye Steaks that melted in the mouth. Creme Brûlée delicious, almost too full up to eat. Excellent wines. All prepared and served up in our temporary Holiday Home in Sylvan Beach. Gold Star Service!

Kathy W. on August 7, 2018

 

5 Stars

Great experience and a delicious dinner! Chef Wayne did a great job with everything from the table setting to the explanation of each course and why a wine pairing was chosen. Our group loved it and would highly recommend Chef Wayne!!

Lindsay B. on July 25, 2018

 

5 Stars

Hi Chef Wayne! Just wanted to thank you again so much for the dinner. It was AMAZING!! You are awesome to work with and the food was incredible.

Krista B. on July 15, 2018

 

5 Stars

This was the perfect end to a wonderful trip to the finger lakes. Chef Wayne provided an exceptional meal and experience. He provided interesting info on each food and wine pairing and provided exceptional service. If you are in the finger lakes area and staying at a place with a kitchen, I highly recommend him. You will NOT be disappointed!

Kayjaybe1 on June 28, 2018

 

5 Stars

He was very nice and professional. He was patient with our large group of 14 and explained the Food and Wine with detail. Very Punctual, Professional, and High Quality.

Diana M. on March 22, 2018

5 Stars

We had the most wonderful experience this weekend with Chef Wayne! I traveled from Cleveland, Ohio to Finger Lakes to celebrate my 50th birthday with a group of friends and family. We rented a house and had Chef Wayne prepare my birthday feast. Everything was wonderful and perfect!!! From the table setting (which looked five-star by the way) to the expertly prepared New York Strip steak, the delightfully delicious Lemon Puff Pastry along with the tasty wines served with EACH course just to name a few. The cherry on top is that Chef Wayne is very affordable. I wish Chef Wayne was in Cleveland because you cannot get a better deal for five-star dining at home. So if you're ever in the Finger Lakes, NY area I suggest you give Chef Wayne a ring. Thanks, Chef Wayne for making my 50th dinner celebration all the more memorable!

Erika N. on March 14, 2018

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was excellent. He is extremely professional, showed up 7 hours early, brought everything he needed, and made us an incredible meal from scratch right in the comfort of our own home! His prices are a steal for the quality of food that he offers and the time and dedication he puts into each course. We were out wine tasting for the day and came home to a beautifully set table (with all of Chef Wayne's own plates, glasses, linens, etc.). He personally cooked, plated, and served each course. He explained each course before serving and had a matching wine to go with each! (Full full pours!!!) It is extremely evident the pride he takes in his services and his food. We LOVED Chef Wayne, Finger Lakes Chef on Demand, and would hire him back anytime and recommend him to anyone!

Kristin D. on February 5, 2018

5 Stars

We had Chef Wayne out tonight, he prepared an amazing ensemble. Will definitely have him for our next event. Wine pairing with each course was great. Thank you again.

Steven on January 27, 2018

5 Stars

I wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed this evening. It has been a while since the 4 of us have been able to hang out, and whenever we have the chance to connect through food, it is always a special experience. Judith really enjoyed the Mocktails, we all tried them and thought they paired very well, so thank you for the extra effort on that. They also were thrilled at how clean the kitchen was when you left. Stuart is wondering when we can have you back, I'm thinking "next Thursday"? :-) Seriously, a job well done. Thank you for everything. This was truly a beautiful holiday experience for us all. It was an honor meeting you, and we hope to see you again.

Jen on December 17, 2017

5 Stars

What an amazing meal ... for my son's bachelor party, we rented a house and hired Finger Lakes Chef on Demand. The food was excellent in every way. Our chef came early in the morning, cooked all day, set the table beautifully. Our dinner consisted of Scallops as an app - EXCELLENT, New England Clam Chowder - EXCELLENT, Prime Rib with potatoes and veg. EXCELLENT, Italian cheesecake (the best I have ever had) EXCELLENT!! He cleaned up after dinner and I can't wait to call him again. The prices were very very fair, the price included the wine, which also was EXCELLENT. The 17 guys at the party were extremely impressed and most of all FULL! It made for a very enjoyable evening with no work for us.

Carol M. on October 4, 2017

5 Stars

Chef Wayne made a delicious four-course meal at our lake house in Ithaca. He worked for hours to prepare the food in our kitchen and brought all his equipment, ingredients, and serving ware with him. The food was delicious-tilapia marinated with grapefruit and honey, house salad with homemade balsamic vinegarette, grilled salmon with pico de gallo, and macerated strawberries with biscuits for dessert. Chef Wayne was friendly and very passionate about his food. He told us stories about the peasant bread he made from scratch and gave descriptions of the meal with special attention to high-quality ingredients. Each course was paired with a fine wine! Great value, I would highly recommend to friends!

Ally T. on August 14, 2017

5 Stars

Chef Wayne did an amazing job for our wine pairing dinner. We had two other couples over so there were 6 of us. He came early, brought everything! Pots/pans, the China, tablecloth, etc... he also cleaned everything up afterward. He does everything from scratch. The food was great and the wine truly paired perfectly w each course. He was professional, punctual, and what you get for only $40/person is an unbelievable value. It was such a fun night and something different to do and try. We got a lot more for our money instead of going out to a restaurant. Would highly recommend him!

Sarah L. on June 26, 2017

5 Stars

Chef Wayne,
Thank you so much for the extraordinary dinner last evening. It was truly amazing to watch you turn our home into a 5 star -or more!--restaurant for 12. Everything was just PERFECT---the beautiful table, the extensive preparation of fresh cooked to order food, the amazing food itself, and, of course, you with your engaging personality and extensive experience.

Please feel free to post this endorsement. We know we will see you again for more home spectacular dinners!

Mary Alice P. on August 11, 2017

5 Stars

Was planning a major meal for my buddy's bachelor party and Chef Wayne delivered more than we could have possibly asked for. He offered several packages for us to choose from and when he suggested his wine-tasting package (at $40 a head and incredible value, BTW), I countered with a request for him to put together a whiskey tasting for us instead. He accepted the challenge and researched 5 different levels of quality and price point so that we could choose what style evening we wanted to have. He then structured each of the four courses (again, for $40 per person) around the tasting notes for the whiskeys we'd selected and walked us through each decision while serving the meal. He arrived the day of the feast in full chef regalia, started baking from-scratch bread at noon, and was making various sauces, marinades, and more throughout the afternoon. Even if the food had been terrible his professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile would have been worth the (super low!) price of admission for a private chef. But that's the best part: the food was phenomenal. And that's not the whiskey talking. It was spectacular, and likely better than most of the food we'd have found at even the fanciest locations in the Finger Lakes region. The final touch? He cleaned the entire kitchen afterward so that all we had to worry about was which bottle of whiskey we were going to polish off next. Thank you Chef Wayne for a fantastic evening. It couldn't have gone better. If you're still reading this and haven't been convinced to move ahead with Chef Wayne as your private chef for whatever function you have in your mind, know that he was incredibly willing to work with us to adjust what he normally does in order to give us what we wanted. Class act. 5 stars. Would give 10 if I could.

Jeff A. on August 19, 2016

5 Stars

I coordinated a Bridal party dinner for my daughter, she had 12 attendants, so going out to dinner would be a challenge. The girls rented a lake house. Chef Allen provided a fabulous 4-course wine pairing dinner which included everything! Table linens, china, glass wear, wine, and the best ingredients to create a gourmet meal for the girls. From set up to tear down, chef Allen catered to their needs and provided a memorable experience. They had a wonderful evening! I would highly recommend his personal chef services.

Laura h. on August 17, 2016

5 Stars

Chef Wayne was professional, equipped, and knowledgeable. He provided us a private dinner for a Girls' Reunion Weekend and it worked out beautifully. The food was delicious and the experience even better!

Danielle P. on August 14, 2016

5 Stars

Delicious food. Fun evening!

Chantell F. on August 13, 2016