Reside Living Blog

July 2012

My Private Chef featured on Reside Living Blog

This Chicago-based private chef and gourmet dining service was founded six years ago by Chef Chris Tong. My Private Chef also offers private cooking lessons as well as morning and afternoon tea service.

Chef Tong’s notable past clients include Michael J. Fox, Nancy Reagan, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Fleetwood Mac and the Prince of Jordan. He has also worked with teams in the NBA, NFL and NHL.

Chef Tong is full of interesting stories, like when he was challenged with creating a special menu based on a poem, or the time he arrived to a client’s residence to find the host wearing pajamas (it turned out to be a New Year’s Eve Pajama Party). How does he handle the unpredictable nature of his business? According to Chef Tong, “You have to be prepared for anything."

Chef Tong loves creating custom menus for his clients. “When the clean plates come back to the kitchen, I know my clients are happy, ” he said. His favorite dish to prepare is seafood. He said, “Any type is perfect for flavorful combinations of ingredients.” Chef Tong shares his recipe for Seared Sea Scallops with Lemon Saffron Risotto and Asparagus tips.

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