Food for Thought Testimonial

January 2019 · Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA

“I had had the pleasure of working with John Reed for over 10 years when in Chicago. He served as our Executive Chef and then Corporate Chef before he found success with his own company and as a member of the US Culinary Olympic team. While working together Chef Reed provided creative menu generation and resulting recipe development for some of [Chicago’s] highest profile social and corporate events as well as a menu strategy for core seasonal menu rotations for 22 cafes.

I 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 was 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 our teams to leverage our talents while pushing to achieve results they thought were not possible. His selfless approach to business makes him a teacher and trusted business adviser rather than a consultant. Customized Culinary Solutions is truly the perfect name for his company.”

John Rudy
Senior Director of Catering, Food For Thought

John Reed
Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA
John Reed is a professional chef with over 30 years experience. John has extensive knowledge of culinary techniques, ethnic cuisines, food history and more!

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