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Hi, I'm Caitlin and I'm your personal chef! I love to help busy people like you enjoy delicious homemade meals without having to lift a finger on the shopping, cooking, or dishes, so you have more time for the things you love.

We are a busy family with two working parents and a picky toddler. Feeding ourselves was stressful, difficult to coordinate, expensive and not very delicious. Since bringing Caitlin into our lives, meal times are now exciting and carefree. We are able to spend the time being together, and getting a bit more sleep. We are so grateful to have Caitlin's delicious skills and kindness in our lives.

— Natalie, Guerneville

I was overjoyed when Caitlin agreed to cook for my husband and I after our wedding. We were exhausted and the last thing we wanted to think about was cooking. Caitlin was absolutely lovely to have in our home and her meals were incredible. You will not regret inviting Caitlin into your home to nourish you and your loved ones.

— Christina, Santa Fe

Chef Caitlin is amazing. I've had a wonderful experience with her. She's a talented chef, organized, tidy, and extremely friendly and pleasant. Highly recommended!

— Erin, Sebastopol

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As the world reawakened from the pandemic, I realized how many people were struggling to eat well and keep their families nourished through a time of uncertainty, grief, and loss. I have always loved to cook and to feed people, and so Sweetly Simmered was born! I offer private chef services and weekly meal prep to busy people like you throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Marin. 

Ever since I tried to make peach turnovers at the age of 9, I have loved being in the kitchen and treating people to a feast (like my very kind and willing family members who ate those first peach, er, experiments).

 

Food is everything I love rolled into one: it is art, sensuality, science, and health. It is our daily medicine and our most simple pleasure.

 

I grew up in rural Northern California along the coast, and I found my first job as a cook at a restaurant in a tiny town overlooking the ocean cliffs. I was taught the secrets of making great desserts, soups, and salads by a few kitchen witches who are probably still there to this day.

 

I picked up many more years of experience working as a baker, a prep cook, and a day cook at various organic restaurants and coffee shops, as well as running my family's summer pie booth.

When I'm not cooking up a storm, I also love to mountain bike, perform, study languages, and lead classes for girls and women in my other profession in holistic reproductive health. 

Professional details:

  • ServSafe Certified

  • Graduate of the Personal Chef Business Academy

  • 18 years "in practice" as a cook & baker

  • Covid vaccinated

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