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“I have been working with Customized Culinary Solutions for three years on a consulting basis and the impact they have made on my business is incredible. Rarely do you find a consultant or consulting company that has this complete knowledge of the industry as well as the skill set to make the changes so impactful.

Customized Culinary Solutions has a reputation to get the job done. They are connected with everyone in the food industry all over the country as world, and as a result, they are well-respected in both the local and national food industry.

Tasty Catering’s business has grown over the last three years, and I am convinced that CCS’s work and vision played a major part. Chef John has immersed himself with the entire Team and gained everyone’s respect. This has enabled him to make thorough and lasting changes that benefit the entire company and our clients. It would be increasingly difficult to replace CCS with any other consultant; therefore, the money I spend with Custom Culinary Solutions is a worthy investment.”

Lawrence D Walter
COO, Tasty Catering

“Customized Culinary Solutions has been working in conjunction with Calihan Catering, Inc for the last 3 years. John and his team have provided us with an encyclopedic knowledge of kitchen management and culinary execution and expertise.

Calihan came to work with CCS during a time of transition and expansion. Calihan was in the midst of an Executive Chef search and needed immediate help at a high level of execution to fill in the holes. CCS was able to fill that gap and allow the day to day operation to continue while we searched. CCS was able to integrate into our current work flow and still provide the management team critical critique of what was happening in order to make better decisions both short and long term.

CCS was able to help us on board and execute a corporate client request for healthy choices lunch options by providing ingredients and portion-controlled programs with calories for the client. This was a great asset to the client who was facing push back from their employees for healthier options during lunch service.

CCS was a tremendous asset during it period working with Calihan. All deadlines and timelines were met and potential issues were warned of before they arose. Each week we received status updates, suggestions and solutions that provided management team with the insight they where looking for. CCS is my “go to” solution when trying to integrate new workflows or solutions in to a functioning kitchen without losing any production time.”

Nash Calihan
Director of Operations, Calihan Catering

“I have had the pleasure of working with John Reed for over 10 years. He served as our Executive and then Corporate Chef before he found success with his own company and as a member of the US Culinary Olympic team. With our organization, Chef Reed provided the creative menu generation and resulting recipe development for some of [Chicago’s] highest profile social and corporate events.

We would not hesitate to contact Customized Culinary Solutions again in the future or recommend the services for any job large or small. Hotel, restaurant, catering or manufacturing firms would benefit from his insight and help. The ROI when working with Chef Reed is off the charts. As a chef he brings the rare combination of technological, organizational, culinary, and customer service skills to the table, allowing the working experience to rival the results.

Chef Reed’s ability to ask questions that clearly outline the goals of both our own and our clients is uncanny. His deep understanding of a myriad of cuisines combined with his technical and operational expertise allow him to help clients understand needs that they didn’t know were important prior to meeting with him

Chef Reed worked with us to leverage our talents and push the team to achieve results they thought were not possible. His selfless approach to business makes him a teacher and trusted business advisor rather than a consultant. Customized Culinary Solutions is truly the perfect name for his company.”

John Rudy
VP Catering, Food for Thought Enterprises