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Fun, enthusiastic, classically trained chef who brings the food and fun into your home!
Chef Tom Van Lente has cut his teeth with some of Chicago's highest profile restaurant groups - The BoKa Restaurant Group, One Off Hospitality and Four Corners Tavern Group. Being recognized from organizations ranging from The Michelin Guide, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and Plate Magazine has helped Van Lente push for the highest of standards in both food and hospitality. Recently, Van Lente added a new position to his resume: business owner. Van Lente started his own company, TVL Culinary, in the fall of 2017. His passion for top tier products, high quality execution and relentless approach to hospitality has never been stronger. Van Lente now has the ability to bring his own flair and expertise into your home, office or any space in need of an event or party. TVL Culinary is in full swing with dinners, consulting opportunities and even has a couple weddings filling up the calendar. When he's not cooking, consulting or throwing the best dinner parties around, Tom can be found keeping a close eye on his family run business, Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. He calls Roscoe Village home with his wife Shannon, son Benson and pitbull, Mr. Bananas.
For me, cooking is...
About more than just the food. It's about top tier hospitality from start to finish. It's being able to make people happy through food.
I learned to cook at...
My family's restaurant at a young age. Then received a degree in Culinary Science from Kendall College in Chicago.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Anyone who pushes themselves to their highest potential. A role model is someone who can teach, learn and be respectful of others.
A cooking secret...
Is to have fun. It's a tough business, so not taking yourself too seriously goes a long way in a kitchen.
As a professional Chef, I offer the following services
I can create a menu based on your preferences to enjoy in the comfort of your home in Chicago. Simply tell me what you're craving!
I can provide catering services in Chicago for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more.
At home cooking course
Choose this option for a private cooking class in Chicago and I will put together a tailor-made cooking lesson for you.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services in Chicago.
Book your experience with Tom
Specify the details of your requests and our Chefs will send you a customised menu.