Karen Dickson Culinary - Custom Food. Better Lives.  Period.
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I've never had anyone cook in my home before...what's that like?
Painless!  I have been a personal chef for over 11 years, working in private residences.  I work in a neat, clean, efficient manner.  I am polite and professional.  I do not blast my own music while I work.  I do not hold long, loud conversations on my cell phone.  I simply focus on your meals and clean up after myself.  In many cases, I bring and use my own tools of the trade.

How long does it take?  Do I need to be home?  Can I watch you work?
Most jobs take a few hours.  You do not need to be home on our cook date.  In fact, I will try to make it look like I was never there, aside from the fact that your refrigerator or freezer is now fully-stocked.  You are welcome to watch me work anytime...I love company!

I am on a special diet...can you handle it?
Special diets are my specialty...really!! 
I studied Sports Nutrition and  hold a certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University. I have also studied Healthy Cooking at the Culinary Institute of America.  I have worked for specialized athletes, families with food allergies, Cleveland Clinic lifestyle patients, Vegans, Paleo aficionados, and much more. 

Do I have to sign a long-term contract?
I take special care of my weekly and monthly "regulars" but am happy to do short stints of service or work on an as-needed basis.

I'm having a dinner party.  Can you help?
I love parties!  Yes, I sometimes cater small gatherings, 2-12 guests, when I can.  Larger affairs will benefit from the use of a larger-scale, dedicated catering company.

What About You?
My name is Karen Dickson and I am a veteran personal chef who has also worked at some very busy Cleveland-area restaurants, catering companies, and alongside some real giants in the field,  including Food Network star, Aaron Sanchez.

I have worked for many high-profile clients, and lots of  regular families alike.

In my spare time, I love exploring life with my husband and our dogs. I will never turn down an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on foot or on horseback. And yes, I usually start cooking again for my own household after I get home from cooking for my clients!!

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