Eat Well. Be Well.

Hire an in-home personal chef
Food is central to health, well-being, and family togetherness. Increasingly, families and professionals are turning to personal chefs to prepare fresh, healthy and delicious meals for them in the convenience of their own home. If you are struggling to find time to cook and are looking for alternatives to eating out, Carina is Cooking will help relieve the stress and allow you to reclaim your precious time.

From meal planning to grocery shopping, to cooking, and yes, cleanup, hiring a personal chef provides an invaluable time-saving service that brings dinner back home. Serving Sudbury, MA and surrounding towns including Acton, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston.

  • Private chef serving Wellesley prepared Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Smoky Rub
    Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Smoky Rub

In-Home Personal Chef Service

Getting Started

Personal Chef Plant Based

1. Meet with Carina

As your private chef, I want to learn what you like to eat and your dietary objectives. With this information, I will customize your menus and help you select dishes for your first cooking date.

Personal Chef MetroWest MA

2. Pick a Date

I will head to your home with my traveling kitchen essentials. I start early with shopping for the freshest ingredients at the local grocers or at the farmers’ market. All I will need is some counter space, a working stove and some space to store your prepared meals.

Private chef preparing plant-based menus for MetroWest Boston.

3. Enjoy your Meals

Your refrigerator is stocked with meals organized in containers labeled with the name of the dish and specific heating and serving instructions. It’s time to relax and enjoy dinner.

How much does it cost to hire a personal chef?

 I come to your home once a week to prepare all meals in advance. You can choose from more than 100 dishes and each meal can be customized to meet your preferences.

3 entrees + 3 sides $323
4 entrees + 4 sides $384
5 entrees + 5 sides $450
Groceries are additional and charged exactly as reflected on shopping receipt.

Who hires a personal chef?

  • Busy moms & new moms
  • Health- conscious families
  • Working singles/couples/families
  • Folks planning dinner parties and celebrations
  • Individuals with special nutrition or dietary requirements
  • Neighbors and friends who want to Share-A-Chef

Menu Highlights

Healthy, nutritious and delicious meals are prepared in your home. Below is a sampling from my complete menu of more than 100 dishes…and counting! Each menu item is customizable. For example, I can add small amounts of animal protein to Plant-Strong entree items. 95% of meals are available gluten-free. Requests for vegan, raw, clean, vegetarian, dairy-free, paleo and more are happily accommodated. Please contact me for the complete menu.


Personal chef prepared plant based meals in MetroWest Boston

  • Vegetarian Paella
  • Sushi Crepes with Avocado, Cucumber, Bell Pepper and Dipping Sauce
  • Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
  • Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles
  • Pineapple Fried Rice
  • Vegan Hearts of Palm Style Crab Cakes
  • Potato Salad with Grilled Shallots and Kale
  • Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup with Bell Pepper Salsa
  • Manicotti with Tofu Ricotta
  • Grilled Eggplant/Zucchini with Fresh Hot Sauce, Cilantro and Dill



Personal chef prepares healthy meals in MetroWest Boston MA

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Parmesan Chicken Cutlets
  • Pork Medallions with Maple Balsamic Glaze
  • Pan Grilled Pork Chops with Bright Seasonal Salsa
  • Italian Sausage and Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Grandy’s Meatballs and Marinara with Spaghetti
  • Three Cheese Lasagna with Sausage and Spinach
  • Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Grilled Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze
  • Chunky Bean Chili
  • Carrot Soup with Fried Shallots and Potato Hash


Personal chef prepares Asian-fusion menus in MetroWest Boston

  • Salmon with Cilantro Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Pan Seared Tuna with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce
  • Stir Fried Black Pepper Lobster
  • 3-Peppercorn Steak with Mustard Sauce
  • Velvet Lamb Stir Fry with Veggies
  • Sichuan Lamb Stuffed Peppers
  • Brined & Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Poblano Pepper Sauce
  • Grilled Sriracha Sambal Chicken
  • Indonesian Ginger Honey Chicken
  • Vietnamese Braised Caramel Chicken & Potatoes


  • Spinach Frittata with Pancetta and Ricotta
  • English Breakfast Scones
  • Carrot and Zucchini Pancakes
  • Potato and Sausage Casserole with Cheese
  • Roasted Vegetable Frittata
  • Breakfast Burritos with Refried Beans, Guacamole and Salsa
  • Belgian Waffles
  • Sour Cream Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas
  • Tofu Country Scramble with “Better than Bacon”
  • Spinach and Dill Tofu Quiche


Plant based menus include healthy sides from personal chef Carina Tan

  • Green Beans and Shallots
  • Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup (dairy free, low-fat)
  • Sweet and Sour Caponata with eggplant, pepper and tomatoes
  • Crazy Sexy Kale Salad
  • Roasted Pearl Onions & Tomatoes
  • Refreshing Fruit Salsa
  • Pan Grilled Eggplant with Chile Dressing, cilantro and dill
  • Island Coconut Rice with Kidney Beans
  • Mediterranean Rice with Chickpeas, Sun-dried Tomatoes and herbs
  • Fragrant Rice with Chickpeas, cumin, black mustard seeds and fresh herbs


Personal chef for special occasions in MetroWest Boston serving healthy menus

  • Coffee Cake
  • Fruit Nut Bread
  • Homemade Granola Bars
  • Homemade Nut Bars
  • English Breakfast Scones- Traditional only
  • Carrot Cake with Lemon Icing- Traditional/GF
  • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate or Peanut Butter Frosting -Traditional/GF
  • Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Bites- Vegan & GF
  • Oreo Overkill Ice Cream Pie- Traditional/Vegan
  • Custom Ice Cream Pies- Traditional/GF/Vegan

About Carina

Family and cooking are central for Carina.

Between science jobs in New Hampshire, Carina was chef-owner of Banana Leaf Catering with a portfolio of catering events ranging from small family dinners to 70-person corporate parties. The family moved to Massachusetts and Carina returned to laboratory research but she never gave up her desire to return to cooking full-time.

After a 25 year career as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry she traded her lab coat permanently for an apron and started Carina is Cooking to do what she loves most and have more time at home with her family.

“After a quarter century doing research in diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease,
I am convinced that pharmaceuticals are not the answer for these chronic degenerative diseases.
Instead I believe good nutrition and lifestyle hold the key and its never too late to start.”

Carina and her husband, Lincoln, live in Sudbury. They have 3 children from 4 to 24.

She loves music and is an Associate of the Trinity College of London with a diploma in classical piano performance. She tinkles the ivories with the choir at St. Anselm’s in Sudbury. Another favorite hobby is making all-natural soaps which are sold for direct contributions towards the St Vincent de Paul Society which helps the needy from all walks of life in our area.

Carina’s goal is to bring dinner home again for families on the run. Her cooking is centered on creating healthy family-style menus. These range from simply offering delicious favorites to draw a family around a dinner table to gluten-free, low-fat, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense and plant strong cuisines. She employs fresh ingredients, smart alternatives, and proper cooking techniques to bring out the best in favorite dishes to new classics.

Carina continually explores new approaches to cooking and nutrition. She completed the T.Collin Campbell Foundation’s Plant Based Nutrition program through eCornell. She is an International Certified Food Safety Manager through the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and a proud member of the US Personal Chef Association.


“There are so many benefits to Carina is Cooking. When I am running late from work, I don’t have to worry about rushing home and cooking. There is already a delicious healthy homemade meal that is ready to simply heat up. My husband can do it for himself and the kids if I am really late. This just happened the other day. But I knew I hit the jackpot when I got a text from my husband saying: “Wow she is an amazing cook!”

Marisa Cevasco, Sudbury, MA

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“The food is nutritious, fresh, and so tasty. You would be hard pressed to find better food in a restaurant. She has a wide variety of food on her menu and she can tailor it to your tastes. She picks up the groceries for you, and leaves your kitchen spotless after she cooks. My kitchen was cleaner than it was before she came. So pleasant, affable and professional. Overall a tremendous experience. Highly recommended!”

John Soward, Sudbury, MA

“I am celiac and cannot eat gluten, so there are few people I trust to cook for me. When Carina cooks, I know it is safe and fantastic.”

Wendy Pease, Sudbury, MA

“I only eat really well prepared and flavorful food. When Mom says Carina is Cooking, I hold my appetite to eat good food” ; “It’s delicious and healthy too”

Robert and David Pease, (14y, 11y), Sudbury, MA

“I began using Carina’s Cooking in 2015. So far she has impressed me tremendously. There is always a wide array of options of food in my house from chicken pot pie to seared tuna with roasted red pepper sauce. She is accommodating to many different types of diets including gluten free and vegetarian. Additionally, she always communicates on time and is very professional.

I initially brought Carina in because I was coming out of the hospital and needed assistance. However, I do not see her leaving any time soon.”

Rick Ryan, Former CEO, Computer Corporation of America, Weston, MA

Contact Us

Name: Chef Carina Tan
Phone: 732-887-5176

Fully licensed and insured.

Accepting payments via cash, check, echeck or credit card.

Serving Sudbury and surrounding towns including Acton, Carlisle,
Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard,
Natick, Newton, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston

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