The Occasional Chef - Serving Broward County and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida, Westchester in NY, Sussex and Morris in NJ and Fairfield in CT - Your Personal Chef for ALL occasions



We BOW to the "Salad Goddess"!


With Love,

Ingrid Restrick
Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary

Dear Carol & Sarah,

Thank you both for your wonderful gourmet food!  And Sarah is a wonderful young lady!  She out-shined herself with her impeccable manners, and she is as beautiful as ever.  The recital was wonderful & everyone enjoyed the delicious dishes. Thanks again Carol-- it's not everyday that I come across such extraordinary people like you & Sarah.

God bless you both; we will be doing business again soon!

Joyce Perez-Paret

Dear Chefs Carol, Sarah and Jason,

Thank you for all of your hard work and wonderful gourmet meals!  You truly went above and beyond all expectations!  Multiple times, Carol surprised me with thoughtful favors and extra love which you added to this vacation for the Stones.  I will be sure to use your services for any future clients and programs we sponsor, and will most certainly refer you to partners of ours.

The Stones thoroughly enjoyed their Fort Lauderdale vacation, mostly due to the fact that they enjoyed such wonderful and delightful gourmet meals and professional, friendly service.  They complimented every aspect of your personal chef expertise, reporting that you and your staff accommodated their every request, took care of all of additional daily grocery shopping needs, offered special touches and customized cooking, and lots more.  Your menus, service and culinary skills as a personal chef are exceptional and we are all thrilled that we were able to obtain The Occasional Chef for this special family holiday vacation.

Gene Vignola

P.S.  If you ever have any needs in the sports and entertainment world, please do not hesitate to call me.

I am thrilled to recommend Carol Wood's work as a chef!  Ms. Wood was Head Chef of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club from 2001 to 2005.  I am a member of the club and was Head of the Kitchen Committee for the membership and had almost daily dealings with Carol during my tenure.

Carol took a tired menu and created a new eating experience for the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club members.  She brought interesting salads to our club, which was a welcome change.  She developed our menu, bringing a wider range of gourmet dishes, in addition to finding great local fresh ingredients.  Her tenure saw a huge increase in the number of diners at the club.  In addition, she trained her staff to give high quality, professional service.  Finally, Carol is a whiz at presentation:  It wasn't enough for the food to be delicious; it also had to look beautiful!  As a result, the yacht club became a sought after venue for weddings, engagement parties and catered events.  Carol was greatly sought after for private parties at the lake and at private homes in Sussex and Morris Counties because of her reputation for putting together such impressive feasts.

The Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club was very lucky to have Carol for five years, and we were all sorry to see her go.  The Occasional Chef, Carol’s personal chef business, will certainly be well received by all of her clients!  Bon Appétit!

Karim Teresa Rochelle

Ms. Carol Wood has been a contract employee of mine over the past many years.  I am a retired executive chef, now in the catering business, and have called on Carol to act as my chef many times.  She has been in complete charge of all planning, purchasing, and kitchen management.  Carol has also been in charge of menu planning, implementing procedures and all aspects of the food service, which has developed into a smooth system.  This makes food service very special. 

I most highly recommend Carol.  She is very creative, of good character, honest, and most diligent.  Her fine temperament is suited to her exceptional cooking skills.

I have been in the food service industry for 48 years, member of Chef Cuisine, American Academy of Chefs and a successful chef and restaurateur.  It is a pleasure to know Carol and I am honored to act as her mentor for the past 12 years!

Chef Don Niffenegger

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