Andy Bates Creation

Need a break from cooking, takeout and delivery but want to eat at home? Have a few friends coming over? Here are leading private chefs in Miami to the rescue. The good news is that private chefs take care of the meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking different dishes and cleanup—it’s all tailored to your preferences. Plus, at the end I’ve included another one of my favorite recipe discoveries.

Andy Bates

Andy Bates 




Andy, who is from London, England, went to Catering College in Canterbury, Kent, England for three years. He worked for a year in France, 10 years in London, and spent three seasons as a Food Network Chef in South America, North America, South Africa, Europe, and Asia. For Andy, it’s not the food, he says, it’s tradition that counts more: “Family style meals. Food that is shared and bread is broken.” Andy performs duties from being head chef to budgeting production to tastings to cleaning up. Andy’s pay rate is to be decided per job and budget. “Every job is different and you work to serve the client’s needs,” he says.

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Bacon wrapped chicken tortilla with mac and cheese from Lee Klein

Lee Klein

Email:; Phone 305-674-9092

Lee Klein graduated from the C.I.A (Culinary Institute of America) with top honors, was the restaurant reviewer for Miami New Times for 14 years, and worked as a chef for three decades in the restaurant business before turning to home catering. Lee doesn’t have signature dishes per se, although he says “my Italian specialties such as manicotti and eggplant parmesan seem to go over really well.” His pay scale is $75/hour, which includes shopping and preparing any meal and dessert. He is not doing large parties during the pandemic (will accommodate up to 6 people) or would be glad to drop the prepared food off.

A Lee Klein Creation

Another Favorite Recipe from Yours Truly

Since several of you asked about my favorite recipes I’ve made recently, here’s the latest pick in my series. All of the recipes have to meet several criteria: easy to find ingredients, easy to make, low cal (or relatively so), and TASTY. The newest is Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Garlic Chips from the New York Times At Home section. Click here for the recipe.

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