"Dining tailored to your good taste".

 I am no longer accepting new clients. After 21 sucsesful years as a Personal Chef, I have decided to hang up my chef's knife and retire, effective May 21, 2019.  Many thanks to all my past clients.  May God bless you all.  Sincerely, 

Chef Michael Taravella - Caio!

My personal chef service


My Goal

  Imagine coming home from a hard day at work or play and not be concerned about preparing a nutritious meal for your family or yourself. Have you ever wished you had your own Personal Chef? Well, wish no more, your Personal Chef is a reality.   

As your Personal Chef, my goal for Dinner By Design is to provide High Quality  and Nutritionally Balanced Meals 

for my client family.  


Your Nutritional Needs are my Priority

  I know how difficult it can be at times to prepare a nutritious meal for your family or yourself. Because of our busy lifestyles or lack of cooking skills, we sacrifice our healthy eating habits in exchange for "fast food" restaurants and packaged meals.  


About the Chef

 My name is Michael Taravella. I am Executive Chef and owner of

 Dinner By Design, a Personal Chef Service. 

 I started Dinner By Design in 1998 to provide nutritionally balanced meals for individuals who don’t have the know-how or time to focus on cooking and their dietary needs. 

I am a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco (Class of 1994), and attended graduate courses from the Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA. I also have five years of experience in corporate food service management. Combined I have over 25 years of experience as a chef.  With my extensive training in the culinary arts, my heritage in food appreciation, and my desire for nutritional quality, I offer you an exceptional dining alternative without ever leaving the comforts of home.  

Sample entreE Menu

Please note: this is a sample menu and is fully customizable to your needs

questions and answers


 The first step is your initial consultation and Nutritional Assessment. Together we plan the menu according to your tastes preferences and dietary needs.. All meals are prepared off-site and delivered the same day.  The meals are packaged for storage in the refrigerator or freezer according to your instructions.


 I am skilled in many cuisines. My personal favorites are Mediterranean and Asian. The variety of recipes available are endless. I am able to create any dish that you may desire.

My focus is on nutritional balance and ingredient quality.  Seasonal produce, fresh herbs & spices, lean cuts of meat, these all add up to flavorful and healthy food.  Most of my recipes would be considered low-fat, low cholesterol meals.

I am also familiar with Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Paleo, and Keto diet programs,  and can prepare meals according to their guidelines.


 You can schedule your cook days on a weekly, bi-weekly, or on an as-needed basis.  All meals are prepared and delivered on the scheduled cook day.




 Includes: Menu development, Shopping, and Preparation of * "Complete Meals", 

and Delivery.

*A Complete Meal includes the Main Entree, Vegetable, Carbs, rice, pasta, or legumes, and has 4 adult servings. Complete Meals are packaged individually 

or Family Style.

Contact Chef Michael

Contact Chef Michael for a custom quote

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Let's chat about food!

I know you're busy, but let's take some time to talk about what you'd like to be eating. Everyone's dietary needs and styles are unique. Drop me a line, and we can figure out what sort of a meal plan works for your goals and lifestyle!

DINNER BY DESIGN, a Personal Chef Service

(408) 254-2327