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Personal Chef Sofia Silva Sanchez in Sayulita Mexico

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Enjoy a professionally prepared gourmet meal in the comfort of your beautiful Sayulita vacation villa. Allow Sofia to come to your home and prepare one of her amazing dishes for your friends and family.

Sofia has been preparing gourmet food all of her life – “Food is my passion”

She looks forward to sharing her expertise and her wonderful meals with you in the privacy of your Sayulita Vacation Villa.

You may either choose from Sofia’s menus which include traditional Mexican meals with a gourmet flair of  Italian, Moroccan, Indian, Vegetarian and Vegan, or work with Sofia to create your own personalized menu.

SOFIA WILL CATER ANY EVENT FOR YOU FROM A FAMILY VACATIONTO WEDDINGS, WEDDING REHEARSALS, BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,ETC

Each dinner includes two side dishes, a main course, and a dessert.  “I love dessert – I am known for my desserts.”

SOFIA WILL CATER ANY TYPE OF EVENT FOR YOU FROM A FAMILY VACATION, WEDDINGS, WEDDING REHEARSALS, ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ETC

Sofia's recipes have been featured in the Chicago Tribune. Click here to read full article.

 

Menu options

Sofia will come to your home with all she needs to prepare you an amazing meal that will add a special element to your Sayulita Vacation.

Sofia is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and gourmet cooking.

Here is what people that have tried Sofia’s Gourmet meals have to say:

 

“During our vacation, we were planning to spend several evenings exploring some of the restaurants in town.   In the end, we never ate out once. We loved your cooking so much that we looked forward to it each night, we could not imagine eating anything else. Thank you.

 

 

“Thank you for giving us the option to enjoy a gourmet meal in the privacy and comfort of our beautiful vacation home. You made our 20th anniversary very special.”

 

"Your food is so fresh and healthy it makes us feel very good and satisfied without feeling stuffed"

 

"You have made our vacation very special and different"

More testimonials at the bottom

Please contact Sofia to arrange a gourmet meal in the privacy and comfort of your vacation villa. Spend an evening home, enjoying wonderful food and wonderful surroundings.

 

Special note:

Sofia's clients are welcome to join in with the cooking process and learn how this chef works with and prepares local ingredients into fabulous dishes. This really makes for a great cultural experience for your entire group.

 

MEXICAN MENUS

 


MEXICAN MENU # 1: FISH

APPETIZER: TOASTED PUMPKIN SEED DIP WITH TORTILLA CHIPS; a Mayan appetizer typical from the Yucatán peninsula, made with roasted tomatoes and spices, a very interesting blend of flavors, definitely worth trying!

 

MAIN COURSE: FISH FILLET IN CILANTRO PESTO; catch of the day topped with a mild spicy cilantro pesto, topped with avocado slices.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: GUAVA CHEESECAKE; a creamy cheesecake made with an aromatic tropical exotic fruit on a homemade cookie crumb crust.

MEXICAN MENU # 2: CHICKEN

APPETIZER: TOMATILLO SALAD WITH TOSTADAS AND CREAM; a traditional Michoacan state dish, a nice fresh chopped salad served over Tostadas with cream.

MAIN COURSE: CHICKEN ENCHILADAS WITH MANGO SAUCE; off the beaten path enchiladas made with a unique sauce of Achiote (a Mayan spice), mango and other Mexican ingredients. They can be spicy or mild.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: CITRUS COCONUT CAKE; a moist cake in which orange, lime and coconut blend very nicely.

 

MENU #3 FISH AND /OR SHRIMP:

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER CUPS WITH SHRIMP SALAD; stuffed cucumber slices with Mediterranean and Mexican flavors.

MAIN COURSE; FISH AND/OR SHRIMP WITH GINGER-ORANGE SAUCE; fresh catch of the day served with a very delicate ginger citrus sauce.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: FLOURLESS TEQUILA-CHOCOLATE CAKE; a truffle-like cake infused with tequila, served with fresh strawberries.

MENU #4 BEEF:

APPETIZER: TROPICAL GUACAMOLE; an exotic version of the classic with chunks of fresh mango OR pineapple, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: BEEF PICADILLO; ground beef stewed with vegetables, almonds and a kick of chipotle chili.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FLAN; a mixture between a flan and a cheesecake served with fresh fruit OR chocolate sauce on top.

MENU #5 CHICKEN:

APPETIZER: SHRIMP PATÉ; a smooth shrimp spread jazzed up with Mexican flavors, served with crackers. This is a traditional dish of Nayarit state.

MAIN COURSE: GREEN CHICKEN MOLE; a very unique dish made with toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos and Mexican spices, highly recommended! If you are adventurous, the pumpkin seeds can be substituted with pistachio nuts.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: LIME-COCONUT FLAN; topped with caramel.

MENU #6 FISH:

APPETIZER: TOASTED SESAME BEAN DIP; a creamy dip made with beans and toasted sesame seeds, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: PECAN CRUSTED MAHI MAHI WITH MANGO PICO DE GALLO; fresh fillets coated with a yummy pecan crust and topped with a spicy mango pico de gallo salsa (if mangos are not in season, pineapple will be used instead).

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: BANANA-RUM BREAD PUDDING; made with fresh bananas, topped with a caramel sauce.

MENU #7 PORK:

APPETIZER: GUACAMOLE; prepared in my own style with some secret ingredients, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: PORK IN ACHIOTE SAUCE; this is a classic Mayan dish from the Yucatán peninsula, baked marinated pork in a flavorful red tangy sauce, served with pickled red onions. Very good in tacos too!

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: COFFE-CINNAMON FLAN; topped with a caramel sauce

MENU #8 FISH:

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER SLICES WITH SHRIMP SALAD; stuffed cucumber slices with Mediterranean and Mexican flavors.

MAIN COURSE: FISH IN JUNGLE SAUCE AND CORN GNOCCHI: fresh catch of the day cooked with a green sauce made with exotic Mexican herbs (one of them is called HOJA SANTA or “sacred herb”), topped with homemade corn dough gnocchi. Very unique!

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: MEXICAN RICE PUDDING; very creamy, infused with vanilla and cinnamon.

 

MENU #9 VEGETARIAN:

APPETIZER: MEXICAN SALSA FRESCA; also known as pico de gallo, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: CHILE RELLENO SOUFFLE; the light healthy version of the famous chile relleno. Worth trying!

SIDES: RICE SALAD; made with brown and wild rice and a nice light dressing. SAUTÉED BROCOLI; flavored with lime and toasted almonds.

DESSERT: KEY LIME PIE; topped with fresh strawberries and fresh mint.

MENU #10 SHRIMP ENCHILADAS:

APPETIZER: ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS DIP; a Mayan classic spiced with Habanero Chili. Served with corn chips.

MAIN COURSE: SHRIMP AND SPINACH ENCHILADAS WITH TOMATILLO SAUCE; spicy and tangy, topped with melted cheese.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH MOLE FROSTING; served with vanilla sauce a delectable combination of flavors.

If you want to interchange any side dishes from any menu it is possible, as well as for desserts. If you have any other request please let me know and we can work it out.

 

SIDE DISHES FOR MEXICAN MENUS (you may choose 2)

REFRIED BEANS: Either black beans or regular pinto or another similar variety, mashed beans with olive oil, light and healthy.

WHOLE BEANS: Slow cooked beans in a nice stew.

DRUNKEN BEANS: Slow cooked beans in a beer stew served with chopped onion, cilantro and Serrano chili, if desired.

CHIPOTLE INFUSEDE BLACK BEANS

RICE: Mexican red rice with tomato sauce and chopped veggies.

WHITE RICE: with fresh herbs.

POBLANO RICE; a green colored rice with Poblano chilies, very tasty!

MASHED POTATOES

SALAD: Fresh greens and seasonal vegetables served with one of the following homemade dressings:

-Honey Mustard vinaigrette

-Lavender dressing

-Chipotle vinaigrette

-Italian herb infused oil vinaigrette

SAUTEED SEASONAL VEGETABLES; sprinkled with fresh herbs or mild spices and olive oil.

YOU MAY INTERCHANGE APPETIZERS, SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS FROM ANY MENU. IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL REQUEST LET ME KNOW... WE CAN WORK IT OUT! VEGAN MENUS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

 
INTERNATIONAL MENUS

ITALIAN MENU # 1

APPETIZER: TOMATO OLIVE BRUSCHETTA

MAIN COURSE: PASTA WITH PESTO SAUCE AND SHRIMP

SIDE DISH: SALAD WITH YOUR CHOICE OF HOMEMADE DRESSING

DESSERT: CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO; a frozen chocolate mousse with almonds and coconut and topped with a dark chocolate homemade sauce

ITALIAN MENU # 2

APPETIZER: BLACK OLIVE AND ANCHOVY DIP; served with bread

MAIN COURSE: MAHI MAHI FISH FILLET WITH SPICES, TOMATO AND WHITE WINE SAUCE

SIDE DISH: SALAD WITH YOUR CHOICE OF HOMEMADE DRESSING

DESSERT: TIRAMISU;  made with authentic mascarpone cheese and gooood espresso coffee

MEDITERRANEAN MENU

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER BITES WITH SHRIMP SALAD; cucumber cups stuffed with a unique mixture of cooked shrimp, garlic, olive oil and herbs

MAIN COURSE:STEWED CHICKEN WITH LEMON AND OLIVES

SIDE DISHES: GREEK SALAD AND SAFFRON RICE

DESSERT: ALMOND LEMON CAKE

MOROCCAN MENU

APPETIZER: HUMUS WITH PITA BREAD OR VEGETABLES

MAIN COURSE: MOROCCAN CHICKEN; stewd chicken with morocan spices and almonds

SIDE DISHES:COUS COUS AND CUCUMBER SALAD WITH YOGURT

DESSERT: SPICED COFFEE CARDAMOM CAKE

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MENUS ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

MORE TESTIMONIALS

It was wonderful to hear from you! All of us think of you with such wonderful memories and warm hearts! You managed to make our vacation in Sayulita a perfect one! Your incredible personality was like the delicious icing on top of a moist “melt in your mouth” cake, which symbolizes your amazing abilities to create and cook a mouth watering, perfect meal! All of us could taste the love you put in every bite of delectable food!
Our very best to you always,
Karen & Tom Hill

From simple, balanced breakfasts through decadent desserts, Sofia's creative, soulful and delicious meals were the highlight of our yoga retreat. We loved how she expertly integrated our dietary restrictions and health consciousness with her inspiration from what was fresh and local.  Her healthy and mouthwatering cuisine is grounded in her Mexican roots.The way it smells,tastes, looks and feels, every dish tells a story. It's clear that Sofia's heart goes into her food, each meal bursting with unique inspiration.  Sofia is always willing to teach her culinary tricks and share her signature recipes. Make sure you get a taste of her Coconut-Lime Flan, it's out of this world! Britt Fohrman, Yoga Instructor, San Francisco, CA

Sofia is a remarkably talented chef who creates exotic, delicious and beautiful food for any palette. From traditional Mexican cuisine to vegetarian or vegan fare, She is your local gourmet artist in Sayulita. All of Sofia's dishes are created from scratch with only the freshest ingredients and made to order, including her deeply satisfying handmade chocolates. Sofia is a joy to work with, is punctual and takes care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy the cornucopia of bliss that she creates for you! Claudette

Reviews for Personal Chef Sofia
4.97 out of 5 (based on 97 reviews)
Thank you Sofia!
Sofia and her assistant cooked us a lovely meal served at our poolside palapa.
The Mayan pumpkin dip was a new treat to us, quite delicious! Different.
We loved our fresh fish with the cilantro pesto and the chile relleno soufflé, yum!
Great desserts as well, hard to pick a favorite between the citrus coconut or tequila flourless chocolate cake.
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Tastiest Wedding Food I've Ever had!
We were lucky enough to have Sophia cook for our wedding dinner last month in Sayulita. To say that the food was delicious would be an understatement. It was hands down the best wedding food I have ever had, and was told that by most of our guests. Everything was extremely flavorful and fresh, and I really can not decide what my favorite thing was.

Sophia and her crew were preparing the meal in the kitchen while we were getting ready, so I got to see (and smell) first hand the love and talent that went into the meal. The juices were all fresh squeezed, the vegetables were robust and fresh, and the staff was smiling the whole time. You can absolutely tell that Sofia is passionate about her food and its preparation.

We were blown away by the quality and flavor, and would 100% recommend Sofia!
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Fantastic dinner and service
Sofia did an excellent job as our personal chef in Salyulita. We had a large party of 10 and everyone loved the food! Great margaritas as well! Would recommend booking her for an event and will be booking her on future trips!
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Birthday Trip with 10 Women
“Our meals with Sofia were the best we had on our vacation—the food is exceptionally flavorful, fresh, light and just simply beautiful. And the best part is that Sofia and her staff feel like part of the family and friends group, she is delightful! I will plan on Sofia being part of our vacation in Sayulita each year.”
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Delicious dinner with Chef Sofia!
Celebrating a special occasion, we were very pleased with Chef Sofia and her cook. Quality ingredients, delicious authentic meals, both gracious and personable, and overall wonderful dining experience. They were eager to share cooking stories and advice as well. We definitely recommend Chef Sofia for any occasion. A treat!
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Wonderful food and service!
We hired Sofia to cater a dinner for 37 people to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. She gave us several menu options to choose from and was very easy and flexible to work with. I specifically wanted family style service to create a certain ambiance and it worked out well. The food was phenomenal and the guests raved about it for days after (and we enjoyed the leftovers). her staff was wonderful too - very personable and friendly.
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Amazing Dinner!
Our group of six hired Sofia to come to our villa to prepare a dinner for our last evening in Sayulita. I really can't say enough good things about Sofia. Communication beforehand was stellar. Sofia is very flexible and will work with you to create a meal perfect for your group. She really pays attention to small details. Her food was so good and fresh. Highly recommend!
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Wonderful family celebration
Sofia provided us with a beautifully prepared four course meal complete with a chocolate cinnamon birthday cake - served as the sun set over the bay. Everything she served was beautiful and delicious. It was a wonderful family celebration.

Sofia is thoroughly professional and her services included shopping, preparation, serving and clean up. Her menu has many options and she went out of her way (literally) to find the freshest ingredients. Definitely consider her services if you wish to fine dine at home while on holiday. But book early because she's busy!
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Delicious!
Sofia prepared a beautiful and tasty meal for me and my family. I had a large group in town for my wedding, and Sofia cooked multiple meals for us. She provided a nice presentation and explained the meal and cultural background. She answered our questions and was very accommodating. She even emailed me her recipe for some of the best ceviche I have ever had (although it looks a lot more complicated than I thought, so I am not sure I can live up to her recipe!). Thanks Sofia!
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So delicious and So professional
We hired Sofia and crew for a dinner party of 27 the night before my daughters wedding at Casa Los Delfines. Sofia is friendly and the meal was PERFECT! My family is still talking about it. She would explain to you what she was cooking and let you watch her prepare. We could not have been more pleased. Next time I am in Sayulita I will have Sofia cook for us again.
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4.97 out of 5 (based on 97 reviews)
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