My cooking time in DC was well rewarded with over 20 restaurant and chef awards, my feature in Celebrated Chefs of DC, and your five star rating of my cookbook No, that's not tiramisu. Thank you DC! But, it was time for me to move on. I've retired from the hurly burly of DC to the mountains of WV. If you'd like to bring me back for a special event, or you'd like to escape to the mountains for a weekend cooking class, just let me know.
I can still be in your kitchen in spirit too! Check out my foodie gifts and remote offerings below, some just for the fun of it. You can find them on Fiverr through the description links and order them there, or order them here with the "My price" link and I'll send you an invoice you can pay via PayPal or credit card.
The easiest way to keep in touch is to follow my personal account on Facebook, or keep up with just the food stuff on the Cucina Vivace Facebook Fan Page. Both are in the menu.
Special Occasion Menu and Recipes
I'll create an entire menu of easy to follow pro chef recipes for your special dinner. Select as many courses as you'd like. We'll chat for a while about what you need, and I'll deliver a menu of recipes with great flow from one course to the next. We can even pair wine if you'd like, or I can be available to chat with you through the cooking. Don't be afraid of what you can do and end up at a restaurant if you'd rather do something intimate at home! You can do it.
Available on Fiverr at $5 per course and $20 for hand-holding by chat or phone. My price: $4.50 per course and $18 for hand-holding.
A Foolproof Recipe For Any Dish
Having a hard time finding a great version of your love's favorite dish? I will send you a complete and easy to follow recipe for any dish in any specialty, and can review a current recipe that's not working for you and tell you where it goes wrong.
Available on Fiverr at $5 for a recipe and $10 to rewrite a recipe that's not working for you and tell you where it goes wrong. My price: $4.50 for a recipe and $8.50 for a rewrite.
Figure Out What The Heck You Did Wrong
Hey, we all make mistakes. Walk me through up to when things went bad and we'll figure out what blew up (figure of speech, I hope). I can even write you a new recipe instead of just telling you what went wrong in this one.
Available on Fiverr at $5 for the review and fix and $10 for that plus a new recipe for a better dish. My price: $4.50 for a fix and $8.50 for the fix plus a new recipe.
Gift "No, that's not tiramisu" With A Personal Gift Note From Me
My 5 star tutorial on Italian cooking is designed to teach you how to treat primary ingredients in traditional Italian ways, so you can learn how to cook instead of just follow a recipe.
Amazon reviews include:
"Even if you don't plan to cook this book is fun to read. Gordon's entertaining personality comes through. But get ready to cook because so does his love of food ... This isn't a 'paint by numbers' cookbook. This is the science of how ingredients and preparation work to produce delicious results."
"Gordon takes you to Italy in this humorous and tasteful cookbook. He shows you how to cook Italian food the right way and like they do in Italy."
Available on Fiverr at $5 for the Kindle version (instant delivery with free Kindle reader to anyone who doesn't already have one) and $25 for the print version (two day delivery). Both delivered directly through Amazon. My price: $4.50 for Kindle and $17.00 for print.
Gift "Quoth The Booby" With A Personal Gift Note From Me
"What happens when you put a white collar executive in the blue collar restaurant industry? Once the culture shock wears off, he passes on the valuable lessons of coming at life from a whole new, slightly warped view in a sardonic commentary on the world around us."
My satirical social commentary from a chef's perspective has a four star Amazon rating with reviews like:
"... he has a unique perspective on the human experience, and an even more unique sense of the ridiculous and the sublime."
"Gordon has a wry sense of humor and a good eye for the absurd."
"This is a funny book, quite quirky, far ranging & off the beaten path."
Available on Fiverr at $5 for the Kindle version (instant delivery with free Kindle reader to anyone who doesn't already have one) and $15 for the print version (two day delivery). Both delivered directly through Amazon. My price: $4.50 for Kindle and $14.00 for print.