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Atlanta Personal Chef Service brings people together. Whether around the family dinner table or in an extravagant dining room, we create moments of dining luxury, personalized and presented by a team of talented, professionally-trained chefs who delight in sharing culinary excellence. The value we create comes from the care we take to listen and attend to the culinary needs and desires or our clients, and the way we work together to satisfy those preferences.

Meet the Team

Atlanta Personal Chef Service boasts an ever-growing team of personal chefs. Our team is made up of highly skilled individuals who have a passion for cooking quality meals and providing excellent service. Our hand-selected chefs all have culinary degrees and several years of professional cooking experience; many having worked in fine-dining restaurants or five star hotels. Once hired to work for Atlanta Personal Chef Service, all chefs are required to undergo training with a lead chef before working solo. We are very careful to match our chefs to your needs, for service we guarantee you’ll love.

Meet Amy Koran Patricio.
Amy Patricio

Owner & Founder

Amy grew up in Washington, D.C. and moved to Atlanta in 2004. Growing up, her family ate dinner together every evening, and as the owner and founder of Atlanta Personal Chef Service, Amy is focused on bringing families back to the dinner table through healthy, home-cooked meals. Amy has grown Atlanta Personal Chef Service’s operations since 2011 to include plated dinner parties and full-service catered in-home and off-site events. Amy has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Atlanta’s culinary program and is currently an active board member of Atlanta’s EO Accelerator program. Amy’s corporate background is in both finance and healthcare, and she holds a bachelor degree from Emory’s Goizueta Business School and an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Family dinners are still a tradition in her household, and she carries fond memories of dinner as a time to relax, unwind and reconnect.

Chef Gizzy

Executive Chef & Owner

Chef Gizzy is a passionate chef that is native to Atlanta, Georgia. She has been cooking in professional, fine dining kitchens for the past 10 years after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. While developing her craft she formed valuable relationships with many chefs in Atlanta. She worked for Kevin Rathbun, Linton Hopkins, and under the various talented chefs at Fifth Group Restaurants. She was on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Season 18. While Ramsay’s name carries a lot of clout, she is most inspired by Chef Mossimo Bottura’s take on classic Italian cuisine.

Chef Gizzy joined the team mid-pandemic and immediately stepped in to organize their budding delivery service. Her leadership and kitchen operation experience quickly earned the trust of the chef team and she worked to keep client’s needs met as they pivoted operations in a major way. As in-home and events picked back up in 2021, and with a deeper understanding of the mission and purpose of APCS, Gizzy continued to evolve all three lines of business and pour into the chef team. “If you’ve ever met or worked with Chef Gizzy, you know she is an extremely talented chef—delightful to work with and passionate about what she does. I invited her to join me as an owner in the business to support long term growth and future success for Atlanta Personal Chef Service,” Amy Patricio shares.

In her free time, you can find Gizzy tending her garden. While not a natural green thumb, she is getting better each season with the help of her father. She grows a variety of different herbs and vegetables such as; heirloom tomatoes, zephyr squash, and bell peppers. Gizzy is a fun-loving and versatile chef who loves spreading joy through her food.

Meet Hugo Patricio


Sales & Operations Manager

Sarah grew up in Atlanta, and was a Business and Hospitality Administration major at Georgia State University. She has worked in fine dining in Atlanta as a server, bartender, and front of house manager. Before coming to APCS, she spent 10 years working in the healthcare industry. “I am excited to get back into hospitality,” she shares.

Sarah’s favorite Atlanta restaurants are Redbird, Kimball House, St. Cecilia and El Tesoro, and she loves to eat any kind of sushi, the Italian Grinder from Staplehouse, or a big plate of pasta.

Sarah and her husband James love to explore Atlanta restaurants and travel. They have a dog, Huey Lewis, and Sarah loves to walk the dog and exercise, as well as manage her rooftop vegetable garden in the summer. Sarah and her husband are on a fun quest to visit every state and national park in the U.S. “So far we’ve been to 36 states and 22 parks,” she reports.

Meet Hugo Patricio


Office Manager & Catering Sales Coordinator

Despite being born in Philadelphia, Emilie considers herself a native Georgian, as her family moved to Georgia when she was seven years old. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Emilie lived in Europe for a few years (she’s actually French American), then the west coast, before finally moving back to Atlanta in January 2020 to raise her daughter.

Although her role at APCS is Office Manager/Catering Sales Coordinator, Emilie does have an extensive culinary background—from baking cupcakes for parties to an internship at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and finally landing at Avignon for culinary school. In addition, Emilie received her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and Language with Music Business Certificate, and her License Professionnelle Metiers des Arts culinaires et des arts de la Table.

Emilie also worked on an organic vegetable and olive farm one summer. “It was such an amazing experience to be able to learn about where our food is coming from and to help grow it for others,” she reflects.

Emilie enjoys eating Mexican food, pizza, and French food—and her favorite restaurant is Anis in Buckhead.” It is a French bistro, and I love the vibe—and the food is amazing,” she shares. “It’s a little bit of a splurge, but so worth it.”

Personal Chefs
Personal Chef Micki


sous Chef

Chef Jason was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but when he was seven years old, his family moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, where he grew up. After graduating high school, he went to work as a food runner at P. F. Chang’s, which inspired Jason to take a three-month introductory culinary course at Clayton University. As he was taking the culinary course, he discovered how natural it felt to create dishes and cook. His love and passion for cooking grew, so after obtaining his certification from Clayton University in 2002, he went on to Le Cordon
Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta. He has also received his NASM Nutrition certification.

Chef Jason started his culinary career at Canoe Restaurant, working his way up every line position. He eventually went on to stage at Cherokee Country Club and then was off to Chicago to stage for Charlie Trotter (who is one of his greatest inspirations). Jason eventually returned to Atlanta, continuing his career at The Ritz Carlton as a Chef De Partie, receiving a 5-star award for his performance in the kitchen. After taking a break from cooking to venture into sports nutrition and bodybuilding, in 2020, Chef Jason found his way back into cooking as head chef of SAA Meal Prep Co., where he developed, created and prepared weekly menus.

Any type of pasta dish tops Chef Jason’s list of favorite foods to make. He shares how much he enjoys “the detail and delicate steps you must put into making the pasta, the sauces, and the proteins that come together to create an amazing well-rounded dish.” When it comes to his favorite foods to eat, Jason loves any type of contemporary American fusion and addition to any style of Asian cuisine, Italian cuisine and Korean BBQ. In particular, the Squid Ink Malfadini (charred calamari, native shrimp and mussels) at St Cecilia is a favorite dish of his. 

Chef Jason enjoys experimenting with a variety of ingredients, transforming them with different techniques and creating new flavor combinations. Outside of the kitchen, Jason loves to visit farmers markets and attend concerts, and he takes time to maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out, hiking and playing disc golf.

Chef Marty

Personal Chef

Chef Marty was born and raised in central Los Angeles in the middle of the city’s head-spinning culinary diversity, which inspired and informed his palate from a young age. An amazing dinner at chef Nancy Silverton’s seminal LA restaurant Campanile was the fuse that lit his passion to create wonderful culinary experiences and pursue a career in the field.

He began his career at Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering Group, working on both private parties and major events such as the Oscars and the Emmys. He then became cheese monger at Joan’s On Third in LA, followed by four years with Lulu Powers Food to Flowers as Event Coordinator. After relocating to South Florida, Marty worked as head chef at Someone’s In The Kitchen Catering in Palm Beach, creating and implementing menus for both high profile events and private parties.

After two close shaves with major hurricanes, he decided to move to Atlanta in the fall of 2017, where since arrival he’s been the Chef/Kitchen Manager at Atlanta caterer Post Exchange Catering.
Marty’s favorite chefs are Louisville’s Edward Lee, who fuses his Korean roots with a New Southern sensibility, and LA’s Roy Choi, famous for his Korean/Mexican combinations.

He’s very excited to have settled in the Atlanta area, loving its mixture of big city bustle and sophistication and Southern charm and kindness. He finds the food scene here inspiring and revelatory, loving everything from Ramen at Umaido in Buford to a wonderful, creative meal at chic in town spots such as 8ARM. In addition to the Atlanta food scene, he enjoys Piedmont Park, the High Museum, and long walks with his three dogs on the Beltline.

Marty’s greatest happiness comes from providing people a consistently special dining experience. He’s truly grateful to be one of the fortunate people whose passion in life aligns with their profession. He greatly looks forward to sharing that passion with the clients of Atlanta Personal Chef Service.

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Chef Kimberli

Personal Chef

Chef Kimberli was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, where as a child, she was always in the kitchen cooking something—experimenting and trying everything out on her friends and cousins. After high school, she embraced her love for cooking and went to Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute in Trinidad, where she studied baking and pastry arts for one year, then culinary arts management.

At the age of 19, Kimberli decided to move to Atlanta to further her culinary education, where she attended the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta. She went on to work in several restaurants throughout Trinidad and Atlanta, including as a sous chef for Concentrics Restaurant Group, working at TAP, Parish and Two Urban Licks. She also worked at fine dining restaurants like Abattoir and Woodfire Grill, where they specialized in seven-course tasting menus.

Chef Kimberli learned much working under Chef Tyler Williams at Abattoir. “He taught me proper time management skills and how to prioritize and plan for the next step,” she reflects with gratitude. “He inspired me with how he played with different flavors and types of cuisines.” While she loves making Caribbean and Indian food, her favorite foods to eat are sushi, Mexican and Indian, and her favorite Atlanta restaurants are Eight Sushi, Bar Taco for a nice upbeat environment, or Tacos La Villa for a more traditional experience. “And I must have dessert!” she adds.

When she’s not cooking, Kimberli enjoys going to different restaurants and experiencing all different cultures through their cuisine. “I also love working out and traveling the world,” she shares. “Spending quality time with friends and family also holds a special place in my heart!”

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Chef La’Davione

Personal Chef

Chef La’Davione was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. His first job in the culinary world was as a pizza cook in 2015 at Monza Pizza in Charleston. “That’s where I began to find my passion for creativity. It wasn’t much but pizzas, but it allowed me to see the fun side of cooking,” he reminisces.

La’Davione graduated from the Art Institute of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in culinary business management. For five years prior to joining the APCS team, Chef La’Davione worked for the Indigo Road Hospitality Group, starting out at the Macintosh in Charleston, working under Chef Jeremiah Bacon and Chef Jacob Huder. “Chef Bacon has always been a great teacher to me,” La’Davione shares. “He’s someone I call anytime have a question or an idea about cuisine.”

In 2018, Chef La’Davione moved to Atlanta and began working at Oak Steakhouse in Avalon, being promoted to sous chef within a few months.
Chef Harley Hazel was one of the most influential mentors for La’Davione. “He taught me a lot of things that I still use today,” La’Davione explains. “Patience, expanding my thoughts more, and just overall the love of what I do. But I have been inspired in some way by all the chefs I have worked with. I take a little piece of knowledge from each of them.”

Chef La’Davione likes to cook just about anything, but his family loves it when he makes spaghetti from scratch, barbecue ribs, or shrimp and grits. While his specialty is southern cuisine, his style of cooking at home can be described as “winging it.” His favorite foods to eat are wings, sushi, and chocolate chip cookies. He and his wife love the brunch at Toast on Lennox.

La’Davione is a married father of two, with a nine-year-old son Aidex, and a two-year-old daughter Harper. They also have a very active pit bull, Jinx. La’Davione and his family love traveling and trying new restaurants. In his free time, La’Davione likes to hang out with his family, work out, play video games, and watch whatever show he is binge-watching at the time.

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Chef Chel

Personal Chef

Chel was born in Manhattan, New York City but was raised in Edgewater Park, New Jersey since the age of three. As a young girl, she would help her mom and grandmother wash greens and make sweet potato pie every year for Thanksgiving. “No one makes better sweet potato pie than my mom!” she asserts. She took her first culinary class in high school, and the constant positive feedback from her teacher, Mrs. Livingston, helped Chel realize this might be a good career path for her.

Chel went on to attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. During her time at JWU, Chel spent several months in France exploring the French gastronomic culture through Alain Ducasse. The program was directed by several 3-star Michelin Chefs. “One of my favorite highlights from that experience was living off a farm in the south of France. I grew the juiciest tomatoes I have ever eaten—I think I made bruschetta every chance that I got!” she enthuses. Chel earned a Certificate of Achievement with a specialization in Farm to Table from Ducasse Education.

Chel’s passion to grow in the culinary industry has landed her many jobs in different facets of the hospitality world, such as cooking at country clubs, being an assistant baker in a vegan bakeshop, exploring food media by working as a culinary social media marketing specialist, and freelance catering many art and music shows around Philadelphia and South Jersey. In 2022, Chel relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to seek new experiences and continue to excel in her culinary career.

Chel loves to combine different techniques and flavors from different cultures into one. Her family loves when she makes coquito macarons for the holidays! Her favorite food to eat is teriyaki chicken with fried rice, pernil with arroz con gandules, or brownies a la mode.

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Chef Adam

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Chef Adam was born in Damascus, Syria and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old—specifically, Massachusetts, Cape Cod. Adam has worked in hospitality all his life, starting with his first job at a local pizza restaurant, Minerva Pizzeria in Wareham, Massachusetts. Adam worked there through high school and put himself through community college. His first degree was in Hotel/Restaurant Management at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. He then went on to get another degree in Culinary Arts at the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont.

Chef Adams has an extensive culinary resume, including working for Thomas Keller at Bouchon in Las Vegas. He also owned and operated his own restaurant, The Blue Plate, for 13 years in Vail, Colorado. Other chef jobs include the executive chef at the Sonnenalp resort in Vail, Colorado, and a line cook at both Biba in Boston and The Marine Room in La Jolla, California. Adam also volunteered at Nino’s on Canal Street in NYC after 9/11, where he cooked for the first responders.

Adam has been mentored by many excellent chefs on his culinary journey, including the owner of Minerva Pizzeria, Ted Kalkanis, who he says taught him the ethics of hard work. He also learned from Lydia Shire, the chef owner of Biba in Boston. “She taught me how to have fun with food as well as how to blend different cultures of cuisine together,” he shares, as well as Bernard Guillas, the executive chef at the Marine Room. “He also taught me how to utilize new ingredients and techniques with classic French cuisine,” Adam remembers.
Chef Adam loves cooking all types of cuisine, from classic French to classic Levantine. “I see the beauty in a well-made hamburger as well as in a filet Rossini,” he explains.

Adam enjoys hunting out “hole-in-the-wall” ethnic restaurant in his free time. He also loves spending time with his dog, Mijoter, including going on hikes with her.

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Personal Chef

Chef Aaron was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Portland, Oregon when he was eight years old, which is where his love for food really began. In high school, Aaron was accidentally enrolled in a cooking class. “Too lazy to switch to another elective, I quickly became hooked when I learned that I could make my OWN pizza,” Aaron laughs. Then in the 10th grade, his love affair deepened when he was bussing tables and saw how happy families became after a nice meal. 

Aaron went on to study at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, formerly the Western Culinary Institute. Having specialized in seasonal and local cuisine the most during his career, Chef Aaron has professionally cooked Mediterranean, Northwest American, and Spanish cuisines. He also has lived in Asia, Uganda, France, and the Middle East, so he has an ability to recreate nearly any cuisine. 

From 2005 to 2008, Chef Aaron worked in the nicest places in the city at the time, moving up the ranks from intern to grill cook. Philippe Boulot, a French master chef, worked above him at The Heathman Hotel. “You can see him and Anthony Bourdain cooking the food I prepped in the Pacific NW episode of No Reservations,” he shares.

Between The Heathman and Bluehour, Chef Aaron cooked food for The Rolling Stones (afternoon oysters), Lyle Lovett (breakfast—he loves bacon), Jennifer Aniston (NY steak, lean and medium-well), Ozzy (well-done NY steak with baked potato) and what was left of Black Sabbath alongside Rob Zombie (swordfish), and Tim Robins (happy hour snacks).

By age 28, Aaron was the executive chef in a Michelin group in San Francisco. Later, in Montreal, Aaron was co-founder of a zero-waste B2B catering brand. “Using design thinking, I developed foods that were meant for the clients and the event,” he explains. “This care meant that clients were eating better than they were used to at conferences and business meetings.”

In his spare time, Aaron goes on 10k jogs, reads, and writes, and of course, cooks.  You can also find him enjoying Hopstix and all the Korean fusion across Atlanta, or any place that makes a good burger.

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Chef Justin

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Chef Justin was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia—a foundational passion for food blooming through spending time with his grandfather in the family vegetable garden or while fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. Justin began working in kitchens at the age of twelve, his first job being dishwasher at the restaurant next to his father’s seafood business in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In addition to all his hands-on experience, Justin attended The Culinary Institute of America. “It’s been a varied and colorful twenty years,” he reflects.

Having honed his craft across the world, Justin became the Chef at Villa 9 Trois just outside of Paris, where his hyper-seasonal and locally inspired nightly menus earned the restaurant a coveted Bib Gourmand rating. Justin then joined Francis Mallmann in Patagonia, where the pioneering chef of cooking with fire and smoke instilled a love for cooking alongside nature that resonates with Justin even today.

A resident of West Midtown, Justin enjoys reading, writing, watching spooky movies, and trying new restaurants with his husband, Richard. (His current favorite restaurant is Bastone.) When it comes to his kitchen at home, Justin tends to cook a lot of fresh pastas, pizzas, and Indian dishes. “My husband is Italian-American and vegetarian, so my cooking has shifted a bit towards his palate,” Justin explains.

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Atlanta Personal Chef Service is dedicated to providing the best service possible. All of our chefs are required to complete a training course through Atlanta Personal Chef Service and required to continually learn and expand their food and chef knowledge. Atlanta Personal Chef Service carries comprehensive general liablilty insurance.

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Atlanta Personal Chef Service is the preeminent resource for prepared family dinners and in-home event catering. We are a relationship company that recognizes the power of culinary experiences to bring people together. Our team of professionally-trained chefs attends to the dietary values and dining preferences of each client. Discerning clients trust us for the best quality food, delivered with the highest degree of passion and reliability.