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Owner/Executive Chef Sarah Mandell

Chef Sarah has more than 15 years’ experience cooking professionally for clients in their homes. Her commitment to organic and innovative menus reflects many years living in Southern California, a passion for farmers markets and seasonal ingredients, and a lifetime of traveling the world, exploring local cultures and their cuisine. Her mission, with every meal, is to bring joy to your table.

Personal Chef Services for All Occasions

Chef-prepared meals in your home
Food for the week & drop off menus
Private in-home cooking classes
Farmer-to-table seasonal dinners
Special events and holidays
Wine pairings and tasting menus
Wedding receptions and brunches

Chef's Favorites

Cashew chicken curry with coconut jasmine rice

Cashews and a coconut-based yogurt are blended and added to the curry for a dairy-free version that is still rich and wonderfully flavorful. Add cilantro for garnish and if you like a bit of heat, crushed red pepper.

Pad Thai

This is a crowd pleaser and can be made with chicken, shrimp or tofu for a vegan version. Lots of veggies and gluten-free noodles add a healthy twist. I make a light homemade Thai peanut sauce using cashew nut butter and lots of ginger.

Client Reviews

Our family hired Chef Sarah for 7 days over the 4th of July in Aspen to prepare our breakfasts and lunches for all 13 of our guests. She was very accommodating to our preferences and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to making healthy meals taste absolutely amazing. She was organized, approachable and fun to work with. Her inventive dishes rival some of the top restaurants.

Sasha Fruitticher (Facebook)

This summer my large (19 person) family did a July family reunion in Snowmass (a town that is near and dear to all of us)....It was an absolute pleasure corresponding with her prior to the trip (scheduling the dates, choosing menus, etc) and she completely delivered on her promises and expectations. The food was great and she was incredibly friendly with my whole family (including the many small children). Overall a great experience!

Kevin C./ Boston (Yelp)

It was my husband’s 50th birthday, and several of our friends joined us in Aspen for a special trip. It was an incredible experience, but what made it exceptional with Sarah, from Flourish. She was professional, punctual and her choices were outstanding....She went beyond the call of duty with many extra touches and after she left, the house was spotless.

Paula Ticatch (Google)

Given the choice to eat out at a Michelin 2 star or have Chef Sarah host an evening at our home.. it will ALWAYS be Chef Sarah! The food, presentation, and professionalism of her team blew us away every time. Her ability to adapt to a New York list of requests—gluten gree, keto, carb-conscious, peanut allergy, and cilantro aversion appeared effortless.

Christopher M./ New York City (Yelp)

Our family of nine had a wonderful week in Aspen with Sarah cooking for us every evening....Many of the evenings had a theme—Spanish, Asian, Italian. Everything was fabulous and healthy as Sarah used top quality ingredients....I would highly recommend Sarah to make your vacation the best you’ve ever had.

Sarah Schierhorn (Google)

I am doing a cleanse with Sarah next week and am so impressed! We did a tour together through Whole Foods and she is full of great information, is very creative and really knows about nutrition. I got so many great ideas from her and it was fun learning about how to incorporate more heathy ingredients into my families diet. Thank you Sarah!

Allison B./ Aspen (Yelp)