I grew up in Santa Monica, California. My Aunt Gloria taught me to cook as a child and I have been cooking and baking ever since. Although I have attended cooking classes, seminars, etc.... I am virtually self-taught. I am constantly looking for new developments, new techniques, and training in the food industry. My focus is on creating healthy and delicious meal choices for families and improving our quality of life. If you have good food and more time with your family and friends your lifestyle improves - we become happier and healthier.
I started cooking professionally in 1997 when 'Celia and Jaylyn Catering' and later 'Catering by Jaylyn', both located in Los Altos, California became a reality and a dream come true. I sold 'Catering by Jaylyn' in april 2000 and returned to my home in Lake Tahoe. 'Personal Chef by Jaylyn' officially started in 2004. I am a member of the US Personal Chef Association, The Northern California Chapter USPCA, ServSafe certified, and fully insured.
USPCA industry award winner for website of the year - 2009 USPCA National conference, New Orleans
Celia and Jaylyn Catering' Food and Wine Review - Los Altos Town Crier March 1998
Personal Chef by Jaylyn Tahoe Daily Tribune Katrina Auction September 2005
I first moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1975. I relocated and spent 9 years on the Big Island of Hawaii and 3 years on the Peninsula in Los Altos, California. I enjoy skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, my dogs (Kimo, Jamie, and Eddi), and time with my family and friends. I have a wonderful son, Toby. He resides in the East Bay and works as a 3D artist. He is my biggest fan and moral support and he is also the designer/webmaster of this award winning site.
The Mission of my Personal Chef Service is to make a positive difference in peoples lives and create more quality time for my clients and their families. Food brings people together and creates a time for enjoying a meal and each others company at the end of a busy day.