Testimonials

Denise and California Chef come through like champions

Dwayne Johnson

I’ve been very fortunate to have California Chef Services as part of my daily diet and regimen. My dietary needs are extremely detailed and I appreciate the fact that even though I must drive Denise crazy with all my special requests, she and CCS come through like champions!

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Actor

I’ve lost almost 20 pounds!

Can you believe I’ve lost almost 20 lbs. after starting with you guys and feel so much better? Just thought I’d mention that. Once again, you guys have a GREAT SERVICE!

Manav Wadhwa, Burbank

Prepared exclusively for me

Randy Bertisch

I love that the meals are prepared exclusively for me, and I can’t believe the menu is healthy and lowfat. . . . All the entrees have so much flavor!!!

Randy Bertish, Westwood

Lost weight and lowered my blood pressure!

Part of my goal with doing your meal delivery was to lose weight and to lower my blood pressure. I have reached my goal weight—losing 22 lbs. and lowering my blood pressure by 20 points! It’s been awesome!

Stefanie Pollard, Sherman Oaks

Everything is delicious!

I’ve been eating the foods provided on their plan for 6 weeks now and everything is delicious! My favorites are the protein pancakes and the High Protein Oatmeal!! Delish! oh! and I feel great!!

Lisa Marie, Actress/Dancer

So fortunate to have found you

OMG! I absolutely LOVE this program! I have used Freshology, The Fresh Diet, Zen and Sunfare over the last 3 years. I am so fortunate to have found you. The food is amazing. I have lost weight without ever going hungry. I am so full after each meal and the food is fresh and quite delicious. The sweet snacks are wonderful. Thank you!

Jan Andelson, Tarzana

Dropped 50 points on my cholesterol!

We have lost 37 pounds to date and I have dropped 50 points on my cholesterol! Thought you might like to know.

John & Stephanie Blakkan, Thousand Oaks

Tried other meal delivery services and this is far superior.

I LOVE California Chef Services. I have tried other meal delivery services and this is far superior. The meals are freshly made, creative and most importantly delicious. Recipes are always being updated, so it never gets boring. I started deliveries with CCS to lose weight, and this made the process so easy. I love to eat LOTS of food and I was shocked at how much I could eat and still lose weight.

Joann Palanker, Santa Monica

Food and service is the very best I’ve had

Thank you for your great work. I’m losing weight and feeling better because your delicious meals make it easy not to cheat! Your food and service is the very best I’ve had (and I’ve tried a lot of them).

Barry Burns, Malibu

Great benefit to the Clippers organization.

Richard Williams

I just want to thank you for your help with the players. Your services are a great benefit to the Clippers organization.

Rich Williams, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Los Angeles Clippers

Superior cooking, Punctual delivery, Varied menu

First of all I want to commend you on the superior cooking, preparation of dishes, punctual delivery, varied menu, and all around excellence that your service provides. I have had home delivery chefs for nearly 15 years now, and yours is far, far and away the best. There is no comparison between what you are doing and what others have done or tried to do from my own personal experience.

Stanley Weiser, Santa Monica

I’ve lost 50 lbs., I have more energy now!

According to my doctor, I’ve lost about 50 lbs. His quote, “You’re doing much better than I could’ve ever expected.” He asked me what’s changed and I told him about California Chef. I have more energy now. I’ve stopped taking Prilosec because I no longer have acid reflux. A big success story for you guys for the holidays. Thank you!

Larry Darden, Los Angeles

Simple, well-run, well-priced way for me to eat healthy meals.

I just want to let the whole world know that deciding to try out California Chef Services is one of the best choices I’ve ever made! I can’t stop telling people about it! I have actually loved every meal they’ve sent – amazing!!! The flavors were unbelievable, and I’m just so, so, so thankful to have found such a simple, well-run, well-priced way for me to eat healthy meals and not have to spend any time shopping and cooking! Thank you, thank you, thank you – and please keep up the great work!

Kelli Bass, Santa Monica

Everywhere I go people are noticing!

I have started losing a little weight. I was on my way before I started with you (meaning I had busted through that horrible plateau) but it is really moving now. Everywhere I go people are noticing. I thought you all would want to know.

Lauren Costine, West Hollywood

Like the food so much we have referred several people

By the way, Jan and I like the food so much we have referred several people to you. . . . In the 6 months I have been eating the food I have lost close to 70 pounds!

Bruce Andelson, Tarzana

Everyone’s really nice—right down to your delivery man!!!

I just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying your delicious food. . . . Why I wasted my time and money on one of your competitors is beyond me. Everyone at your company’s really nice—right down to your delivery man!!!

Jodi Swanson, Camarillo

Each meal gives me exactly what I crave!

I have tried several of the other food delivery services available in Los Angeles and they don’t compare to California Chef Services. First off, the food tastes fresh. It is custom made for my own likes. Others claim they do, but each meal gives me exactly what I crave! And even more important, the portions always seem so big, taste so good, and leave me completely satisfied and happy. Did I also mention that the weight has been falling off of me?

Steve Dworman, Los Angeles

It’s amazing what food can do. I am so happy!!!

I am loving the food! My children commented that I had more energy this week … it’s amazing what food can do. I am so happy!!! Thank you for making at least one aspect of my life stress free!

Antoinette Johnson, Somis

The best thing that ever happened to me.

California Chef Services is the best thing that ever happened to me. I had major health challenges that needed to be addressed right away, including with the way I ate. I love food and wanted it to taste good but was very limited in ingredient choices. I also did not have the time to buy, prepare and cook all of my meals. Well, Denise came to my rescue. Not only do the meals taste great but the creativity in presentation and choices make it even better! I love eating and being healthy. Thanks, Denise!

Sandy Pedeflous, Oak Park

Perfect for my work schedule.

The meals are so delicious! You even have me eating salmon, which is a feat in itself. Thank you for the low/no fat meals, they are working out perfectly with my work schedule and helping me get down to an acceptable BMI.

Sue C., Camarillo

It’s like going to a great restaurant every night in my own home.

My husband knows he did not marry me for my cooking. Considering I don’t know how to cook, California Chef Services brings the ease, convenience, and all the freshness to my table every night with homemade dinners. I save loads of time so I can do what I like doing best, being with my kids more. My family now enjoys all types of food and enjoys the variety. My favorites are the stuffed lamb chops, gnocchi and the chicken enchiladas. My family can’t complain about “what’s for dinner” since it’s not “meatloaf, Costco, or baked chicken . . . again.” It’s like going to a great restaurant every night in my own home and it is sooooo delicious.

The Wank Family, Agoura Hills

Enjoying great meals couldn’t be easier.

Sean Astin

I love the terrific selection of low-cal vegetarian options at California Chef Services. I leave the menu to them, so enjoying great meals couldn’t be easier.

Sean Astin, Actor

I was so excited to find the perfect gift for my parents

My parents just had your fabulous, gourmet meal in the comfort of their own home. When I heard that you sold gift certificates, I was so excited to find the perfect gift for my parents’ special anniversary. Besides my parents loving the wonderful food and the ability to have a 1st class gourmet meal without having to get dressed up and go out, the best thing for me was that I was able to give them a unique gift that I knew they had never had before! And they loved it! Thank you, Denise, for making me look good!

Linda Tannenbaum, Agoura Hills

Customized to fit the personal tastes of our entire family

California Chef Services is a fantastic service for our busy family. It’s the perfect combination of the high quality and convenience of fine dining, with the healthy choices and personal touch of home-cooked meals delivered right to your home. Our menu choices have been customized to fit the personal tastes of our entire family so that even our toddler enjoys the meals.

Nicole Visitacion, Camarillo

Extraordinary eating experience, as well as a visual delight.

Denise Macuk elevates cooking to an art form. An offering of her food is an extraordinary eating experience, as well as a visual delight. I have had the pleasure of sampling a wide variety of her appetizers, as well as some of her more hearty fare. Thanks to a large assortment of CCS starters, the appetizers at my holiday party received rave reviews.

Roxanne Camron, Thousand Oaks

Nice to have healthy, organic meals that I can just heat up.

I highly recommend California Chef Services. I was having difficulty finding a delivery service that would do organic meals, and Denise was very accommodating. The food is delicious and I’ve found that it’s less expensive than eating out. Since I have a newborn now, it is especially nice to have healthy, organic meals that I can just heat up. Truly, I cannot say enough about Denise and California Chef Services.

Traci S., Simi Valley

The highlight of our party!

The appetizers from California Chef Services were the highlight of our party. In the early part of the evening few guests wandered beyond arm’s reach of the appetizers. During the main course most people were still talking about them! After describing what I wanted, Denise helped me decide on the variety and quantity of food needed. Her recommendations worked out perfectly. In addition to providing great food and professional service, Denise is easy and fun to work with. How did I know to call Denise? I had been to several events where she provided the food!

Catherine Anderson, Thousand Oaks

Everything is so flavorful and well presented.

Wow, well, we love our food! . . . Bill is still raving about the pizza. . . . Everything has been so flavorful and well presented. I haven’t gone hungry at all and Bill feels like he’s already lost weight and is soo motivated. He gets so excited now everyday to see what specialties he gets to experience! Thank you!!

Apryl Prose and Bill Papariella, Malibu

Quality of my life has increased dramatically.

THANK YOU! The quality of my life has increased dramatically with just two days of eating your food. Everything is just delicious. Losing weight and being healthy will be easy this way. I swear, this is what heaven will be like.

Katie, Calabasas

Such exceptional quality and eye for seasons and freshness

Will Scheffer & Mark Olsen

The food is absolutely stupendous—better than we could have ever hoped for in a meal plan. We have adored every single meal. . . . We are so, so impressed and grateful that Denise’s eye for quality and her palette completely match our own. I couldn’t imagine a better match. Such exceptional quality and eye for seasons and freshness and detail AND ease of preparation. Really, you guys, you’ve won over two tough cookies.

Will Scheffer & Mark Olsen, Writers & Creators of “Big Love”

Never felt like I was on a diet!

I want to thank you very much for all of the delicious food! I have been able to reach my weight loss goals and I never felt like I was on a diet! Thank you very much!

Caroline Sutton, Oak Park

I really feel like I have my own personal chef!

Are we absolutely sure that I’m getting gluten-free food? The reason I’m asking is that I can’t get OVER how good everything is!! I am totally hooked. I cannot tell you how delicious these meals are to me – and I am SO picky! I really feel like I have my own personal chef! [And, in case you’re wondering, yes, we here at California Chef are absolutely sure that all of Julia’s food has been and remains gluten free.]

Julia Flint, Burbank

I have reached my goal weight!

Just so you know, part of my goal with doing your meal delivery was to lose weight and to lower my blood pressure. I have reached my goal weight – losing 22 lbs. – and have lowered my blood pressure by 20 points! It’s been awesome.

Stefanie Pollard, Sherman Oaks

I’m a type 1 diabetic, and my blood sugars are awesome.

We are LOVING the food!! I’m a type 1 diabetic, and my blood sugars are awesome. It’s so great knowing the exact carbohydrate content of every meal.

Natalie Strand, Santa Monica

Delicious food, amazing service.

Delicious food, amazing service. I’m so privileged to be partnered with such an amazing company.

Lizzy Cole

It’s a lifesaver!

I just had surgery on my elbow and knew I wouldn’t be able to cook for myself and that I’d need to count calories since I also wouldn’t be active. A friend referred me to California Chef and the food was simple but good.

I spent the first week calling them to confirm that I was really at 1,200 calories a day. The volume of food was tremendous. The meals were flavorful and the variety was better than I provide for my own family. I lost four pounds in three weeks and never felt hungry. It’s not inexpensive but it’s good fresh food and if you need to not think about your own meals it’s a lifesaver.

Jessica G., Los Angeles, CA

My food is always on time and always fresh and delicious.

I cannot say enough amazing things about the service! First off the food is amazing! I dream about their meatballs and nachos! The staff that works there is so friendly and accommodating. My food is always on time and always fresh and delicious. I am now trying out their vegetarian meals and even they are delicious! Such a great service and I am such a fan! Try it you will not be disappointed.

Katherine J., Canyon Country, CA

Beyond accommodating to diet restrictions.

I was looking for a food service that could deliver healthy meals to my elderly mom. The first ones I called could not accommodate her special diet or deliver to her area (Malibu) or were so expensive it was ridiculous. Then I came upon California Chef. Not only were they reasonably priced and could deliver to her area they were beyond accommodating to her diet restrictions. But most importantly they were kind and helpful. There is nothing better to eat great food from people who you really like!

Thank you California Chef for making our lives better!

Lesli L., Los Angeles

Their customer service is impeccable!

Love their service!!! I personally have not had the pleasure of trying their food, but i order for my dad and he says the meals are tasty! My dad has diabetes and still does not make the best food choices so I wanted to find him a meal prep service. After an awful experience with another company, I decided to give California Chef a try. I’m so glad I did! I had many requests as I’m trying to lead my dad away from too much fat in his diet, and Denise always responded right away. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone looking for a healthy meal delivery service. If you have any questions for them, I promise they will answer them ASAP. Their customer service is impeccable!

Monique M.

Meals and ingredients tailored to your particular preferences and dietary needs

My husband and I use California Chef for dinner delivery during the work week and we love love love the food and the service. The ingredients are fresh and delicious (we go with the organic option), the meals are interesting, varied and nutritious, and the portions are very generous. Often there are leftovers for my hubby to bring for lunch the next day. Lori and Denise will work with you to tailor meals and ingredients to your particular preferences and dietary needs and then you just heat, serve and enjoy. Customer service and delivery are also very reliable. I am so glad we decided to treat ourselves to dinners from California Chef… much better, more convenient and healthier than take-out and completely worth the cost.

Erin F., Los Angeles, CA

I have never been disappointed with any of their meals.

California chef is simply amazing!! I have such a busy work schedule and I never have the time to cook myself a healthy meal. I’m known to be really picky with food and if it’s not exactly the way I like I get disappointed. I have never been disappointed with any of their meals. California chef makes it possible for me to have delicious meals while still staying healthy. Their salads are amazing & so yummy!!!!!! I’ll have my summer body in no time!

Eliz B., Granada Hills, Los Angeles

I don’t feel like I’m eating a food delivery service

The new year has started and I definitely packed on some lbs. I researched several companies I would use but this seemed to be more value for fresh cooked food delivered to your door. I have been on the service for about 3 days and I don’t think I’m going to get sick of it at all! I’ve tried all the different food delivery services. From the old Weight Watchers, Diet-to-go, and Sunfare. I must say this food service tops it all! Why, you ask? The food is prepared like gourmet items. It is not simple items like throwing a turkey sandwich together or bowl of cereal. Instead for lunch I at the Cornish Pasty, and it was amazing!

The best part is I don’t feel like I’m eating a food deliver service. I feel like I ordered from the restaurant and had them deliver to me. This makes it easier for me to stay on track to losing weight. I love that I don’t have to think about food and they have figured out all the caloric intake I need. I’m planning to stay on this service and reach my goal weight! It definitely won’t be hard to stay on like other food companies…

Finally, the last piece I do love about this company. They really do a great job with customer service. I always feel like they customize things for you and ask you what you want. It doesn’t feel like you get lost in the mix because the company is so big. I like the personal service for sure. Try it, you won’t regret it!

Amie L., Los Angeles

The food is yummy and filling and nutritious and fresh!

Lori and Denise and California Chef is so amazing! They’re so nice and accommodating. Pretty much any request you make, they’ll make it work. The food is yummy and filling and nutritious and fresh! They deliver right to my apartment unit door Monday’s Wednesday’s and Fridays. They are very easy to get in touch with via email or phone and they’ll make changes based on your preferences anytime. I even give them an exact calorie amount I’d like daily and it’s no problem for them! When I do stick to their meal plan and workout consistently I get in really good shape! It is a bit pricey but so is any other service that delivers fresh custom meals to your door every other day, it’s worth it! I travel a lot so I go in and out of using their services. But I’ll continue to use them for a long time!

Eva M., Los Angeles

I am a guy. I do not want to lose weight. But I DO want to eat healthy and avoid cooking!

I have been eating California Chef for years and can honestly say I have no complaints. First off, I am a guy. I do not want to lose weight. But I DO want to eat healthy and avoid cooking! I thought a meal delivery service would be the way to go, but unfortunately I am a VERY picky eater and most places charge to truly customize your diet. California Chef does not. Best of all: they are so nice and accommodating!!

Pros:
1. They let me fully customize my food and work with their team to determine the most optimal diet for my goals. (Everything from heavy workout nutrition, to maintenance.)
2. Delivery schedule. I receive meals M-F and do not work at home . . . They deliver M/W/F and will leave the food in a cooler at your door if you are away. All my Monday food is delivered Friday and still completely fresh to eat on Monday.
3. I am never hungry. I mean it! When I cook on my own I often find I don’t get the right mix of food. (I LOVE my carbs.) This leaves me always craving or getting a lot of hunger crashes. With CA Chef I feel really energized and didn’t realize the immediate effect proper nutrition has on my health.

Cons:
1. None really. At first I was concerned about the price, but once I calculated how often I eat out it actually made more sense to go with CA Chef. Even when comparing between their competitors their pricing was the best because I could truly customize my meals without additional fees. That REALLY comes in handy when I switch up my diet. (Sometimes I will do P90X or Insanity… other times I just want to eat healthy).

There is a reason CA Chef is a 5 Star meal delivery service. They go above and beyond for their clients and are very hands on if you have nutritional questions. I highly recommend them!

Andrew B., Sherman Oaks

Why oh why didn’t I do this years ago??

I am finishing up my second week with California Chef and I could not be more pleased. The food has been very good and filling, and the service has been top-notch in every respect.

If there is anything that surprises me the most, it is the continued variety of dishes I receive each time I unpack my food delivery.

The only disappointment I have is with myself, why oh why didn’t I do this years ago??

And – in case you are wondering – I am also very pleased that I am dropping excess weight, and it’s effortless!

Happy E., Los Angeles

I don’t know how they do it!

This s the best food preparation and delivery service in the Los Angeles area. The food is incredibly delicious, inventive, fresh and of the highest quality. Lori and Diane meticulously honor every food preference and dietary restrictions I have. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it, but I could not be more pleased. The prices are extremely reasonable and the customer service top notch.

Sandy M., San Gabriel

I highly recommend to anyone and especially to all of my clients!

I can’t say enough about this business and Denise. I’m very picky about what I refer to my clients and since I own a holistic health and nutrition business, I have to be careful about what I recommend to my clients. Denise follows my food guidelines to the letter and is able to provide tasty meals within the restrictions and guidelines I have my clients follow to repair and recover their health. She can tailor-make meals around your needs and creates so much variety and flavor and takes all of the stress out of needing to figure out what to eat! I highly recommend her to anyone and especially to all of my clients!

Monica H., San Diego

All I can say is LOVE LOVE It.

I love love love this service!!! My husband and I started this service to help us eat healthy with a busy schedule so we would not stop at the fast food place all the time. We love it and they are so kind and helpful via email or phone. I love that when I call to change something or add a day they know who I am when I call. We are also finding it has been affordable. Instead of grocery shopping and not eating the produce you buy before it goes bad we have 5 meals a week for less than shopping. All I can say is LOVE LOVE It.

Shanelle O., Valencia

Cater to your dietary needs and are extremely responsive.

I’ve been using California Chef for years and I wouldn’t use any other meal delivery service. They cater to any of your dietary needs and are extremely responsive. Whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetic, etc. they will work with you one-on-one… No other service works this way. I feel my health is a direct result of the nutrition I have been feeding my body because of California Chef. Not to mention, the good is delicious! My favorites are probably the gluten free pizzas 🙂 Thank you Chef Denise!

Krystelle L., Los Angeles

They make healthy versions of everything!

This service was recommended to me after my doctor told me I needed to eat healthy (I am pre-diabetic), and I have to say it has only been a month, but it is working great for me! They make healthy versions of everything (tacos, pizzas, meatloaf, pastas) and it never tastes like diet food. It’s a different menu everyday, so I think this will be a long term solution for me. And, I am losing weight and feel healthier.

Andy R., Los Angeles