meet_chef1Over 30 years experience as a private chef, caterer, Chef Elisa has built her career and reputation serving celebrities and catering events.
Over the years her clientele has included, Dan Marino, Tommy Lee Jones, Indigo Girls, hockey player Chris Grattin and many South Florida professional athletes.

Chef Elisa grew up in South Florida, a graduate of FIU and Hialeah Miami Lakes High.

“I fell in love with food and recognized my gift when I was 12 years old. My remarkable mother found and hired a private tutor for me when I was just 14. Once a week for over 2 years, I learned how to cook something wonderful.” Her Tutor, a CIA grad who dabbled in catering herself, shared her knowledge and a many great recipes including Lump Crab Meat Mousse, which Chef Elisa still serves today. Her experiences with her tutor culminated when Elisa catered her first big party, a wedding for 75 guests, finger food buffet- drop off.

“It was a shot gun wedding and the fact that I was 16 and unlicensed didn’t really matter. My price was right, the food was great, the pressure was awesome and I was hooked for life”. Chef Elisa continued as a private chef, catering dinner parties for her neighbors in Miami Lakes through her high school and early college years.

She left cooking for a while to pursue her career in broadcast news during the early 80’s and 90’s. She worked at local television stations WSVN, WCIX (Now WFOR), WPLG and KMOL and NBC Network in San Antonio Texas.

meet chef 3Chef Elisa returned to her first love of Culinary Arts and decided to begin her own business. First there was In Home Gourmet a private chef style business, which grew into Chef Elisa’s Catering.

On her return to South Florida from Texas she also taught home cooking classes she named Power Cooking, 7 meals in 3 hours and she was featured in the Weston Gazette in 2001.

2003 and 204, Chef Elisa used her broadcast news skills to do several cooking segments in NBC 6.

For the past seven years Chef Elisa has been a donating Celebrity Chef for the Ann Storck Center at the Hard Rock Seminole, Hollywood, Florida. Her private nutrition work has inspired her new company Wholesome Meal.