Forrest, a private chef



Forrest, A Private Chef is based out of Traverse City, cooking for all of Northern Michigan and beyond!


Forrest, A Private Chef is a personal chef service that travels to your location to cook and serve meals onsite.  We accommodate any dietary restrictions or food allergies.  Each event is tailored to you and your guests culinary preferences. 

Events range from a romantic dinner for two, a small business meeting or a large friends and family gathering.  Forrest, A Private Chef creates a wide range of food experiences, including: delicious hors d'oeuvres and appetizers, family-style platters of food and fine dining multi-course plated meals.  We're happy to prepare the food in any type of setting that best meets your needs.  We cook, teach, entertain and aim to leave your kitchen looking cleaner than we found it!  


Avocado Toast, Butter Poached Shrimp & Potato Gnocchi, BBQ Duck Crepe & Creamed Corn, Ricotta Ravioli & Roasted Chicken

Multi-course meals

Bring a fine dining restaurant atmosphere right into your home by hiring Forrest, A Private Chef to prepare a memorable multi-course plated meal for you and your guests.  Whether it's three courses or six courses, Forrest, A Private Chef is sure to impress you with his creative and delicious multi-course plated meal service!

Roast Pork Shoulder, Michigan Cherry Salad, Garlic Broccolini, Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato

Family-Style meal service

There's no better way to bring people together than a traditional sit-down family-style meal!  Enjoy large food portions with a variety of flavor to share amongst friends and family at a nice long communal table. 

Grilled Cheese Bar And Seasonal Salads

Buffet-style food service

Whether you're entertaining a large group for dinner or you'd like to feed your hungry house guests for an afternoon brunch, the buffet-style will have something for everyone at your gathering.  If your guests are sitting down, standing up or mingling at a cocktail party, the buffet-style of food service is a great grab-and-go type of meal for your large group gatherings!  

Crab Boil For 30 Guests

outdoor picnic

Do you enjoy being outdoors?  Have you ever had a seafood boil cooked and served at your house?  Dive right in to this fun and casual food experience!  An outdoor picnic is a wonderful way to bring people together while celebrating something special or enjoying a summer holiday together!

Chicken Piccata, Bulgar Wheat Stew, Summer Salad

IN-home prepared meals

Let Forrest, A Private Chef cater to any of your dietary restrictions or food allergies.  In-home prepared meals are a great way to eat healthy and wholesome meals, while still staying busy and on top of your daily tasks.  Whether you'd like meals prepared for only you or for the whole family for the work week, you can always count on Forrest, A Private Chef to be there for you!

In-Home Cooking Demonstration: Beef Wellington

in-home cooking class

Would you like to host a cooking class in your home?  Want to learn more about that favorite dish you order when you're dining out?  Have Forrest, A Private Chef turn your kitchen into a classroom, for an instructional cooking demonstration alongside a delicious meal!


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About US


It all started when…

Nicole and Forrest met in Tremont, an up-and-coming neighborhood in the Summer of 2007 situated in Cleveland, Ohio.  Nicole had recently earned her Master's of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Nutrition and Forrest was a hard-working chef cooking at several different restaurants in Cleveland.  They both share the same passion for quality food and hospitality.  Together their lives have been centered around food culture; through work, wellness, travel and pleasure.  

Nicole's passion for wellness began at a young age as a competitive figure skater.  Her talent on the ice paved the way for her first job after high school as a professional figure skater for Disney On Ice.  During her skating career, she learned the importance of fueling her body with healthy foods to keep her body energized and strong throughout many performances around the world.  When Nicole retired from figure skating, she turned her attention towards education and completed two degrees, a B.S. in Dietetics and M.S. in Nutrition.  With a passionate heart and hungry stomach, Nicole enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and eating Forrest's nutritious home-cooked meals.  

Forrest grew up in southern California where fresh seafood was caught daily and the Mexican food culture was everywhere.  As a child, he loved learning about his Italian and Spanish heritage from his grandmothers, mostly by watching them move gracefully around the kitchen.  When the Food Network became popular, Forrest was glued to the television and loved trying out new recipes with his family.  The kitchen quickly became a place of happiness for Forrest at home and as he learned the ins and outs of the restaurant business.  Forrest's first cooking job was at the age of fifteen at an Italian restaurant that was making pastas and sauces from scratch.  Later on, Forrest jumped on the opportunity to relocate to the Midwest.  Although leaving behind sunny California was a tough decision, Forrest enjoyed all of the new cooking experiences he was having in Cleveland.  He held down multiple cooking jobs with a goal of learning as many new cooking techniques and recipes as possible.  While in Cleveland, Forrest cooked at fine dining restaurants such as Rocco Whalen's Fahrenheit and Michael Symon's Lola.  When Symon opened a new restaurant in Detroit, Roast, Forrest relocated to Michigan to work at this meat-house style restaurant.  He also worked at other Detroit area favorites such as The Forest Grille in Birmingham where he worked under Brian Polcyn (School Craft College professor) and honed his skills in Charcuterie and French cooking styles.  

Forrest now resides in Northern Michigan's beautiful town of Traverse City with his wife Nicole and their French Bulldog, Mochi.  Let Forrest, A Private Chef bring food to the forefront of your next social gathering!

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Based out of Traverse City, MI

Cooking for all of Northern Michigan and beyond!


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