Last fall, Bonnie McPike and her husband moved from Australia to Seattle, sight unseen, just before the dreariest winter of all time. Her love of cooking and the wine industry has taken her all over the world — from her hometown in Sacramento to tsunami relief work in Indonesia, restaurant jobs in New York City, and to a wine harvest in Australia. Now McPike is focusing her skills on Seattleites and particularly busy Eastside families and athletes who need fresh, delicious meals delivered to their homes. As much as she loves catering parties and corporate events, McPike relishes the role of personal chef, saying it allows her to have a real impact on people’s lives. “Every client is different and presents new challenges. Clients love that they don’t have to think about a menu,” said McPike. Menu planning can be a drag, but for customers looking to improve their skills, McPike offers an educational component to her list of services. McPike said the four to six weeks of training works around a family’s already-established patterns, teaching organizational and improvisational skills with the ingredients most-often stocked in the pantry.
“Every client is different and presents new challenges. Clients love that they don’t have to think about a menu.”
For clients just looking to utilize her personal chef services, menus are customizable and take food allergies and other preferences into consideration. She describes her meals as balanced, clean food with lots of veggies. McPike is proficient in many cuisines, but has a passion for New American (think farm-to-table), Southern, and Mexican dishes. bonnieraecatering.com