Se­crets of a Celebrity Pri­vate Chef

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Known for whip­ping up (se­cretly healthy) hot dogs for her cur­rent client, Fam­ily Guy creator Seth MacFar­lane, chef Vikki Krin­sky also clocks in time on Recipe Re­hab, where she does on TV what she does in real life: cuts the cals in com­fort-food clas­sics while keep­ing them del­ish enough for even the most A-list of palates. (She would know: Pre­vi­ous clients in­clude Tobey Maguire and Kather­ine Heigl.) We asked the Van­cou­ver­raised Los An­ge­les-based Krin­sky ev­ery­thing you’ve ever wanted to know about be­ing a pri­vate chef to the stars.

What does a pri­vate chef ac­tu­ally

do all day? “I work six days a week; I make break­fast, lunch, din­ner and two snacks. My day starts at the farm­ers’ mar­ket, and then I come up to the house and prep all day. While I make break­fast, I have chicken go­ing in my sous-vide ma­chine, I’m roast­ing veg­eta­bles for lunch and then I’m start­ing din­ner. Then I’m onto snacks like roasted cashews or dark choco­late.”

Do you get sad mad like our moms did when your client says he won’t be home for din­ner at the last min

ute? “It crushes my heart! I’m like, ‘That chicken was go­ing to be good too!’ But se­ri­ously, I don’t throw any­thing out. If he doesn’t end up eat­ing it, it goes to the next day’s meal.”

What don’t peo­ple know about be­ing

a pri­vate chef? “You’re on call—your sched­ule changes so many times a day and you never know where you’re go­ing to have to serve your food. It’s also more than be­ing a chef; it’s a well­rounded, nur­tur­ing pro­fes­sion. You’re in some­one’s home, and they have to trust you. Clients will have very fa­mous peo­ple come over, and you have to keep your shit to­gether. Most kitchens are in the heart of the home, so it’s def­i­nitely a cul­ti­va­tion of trust and friend­ship.”

What’s Seth’s com­fort-food crav­ing? “He loves PB&J! I make my own jam and almond but­ter.”

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