About Us

Chef to Go was founded in 1997 as one of the first Personal Chef businesses in the Seattle area. In 2001, we built a commercial kitchen and all of your meals are prepared in our certified kitchen and delivered to your home.

It is our mission is to improve your life by providing you with healthy meals and more free time for yourself! Virtually everything in our kitchen is made completely from scratch. We even make our own pastas, breads and grind our own flour and flax seed for our muffins that we bake in house.

We don’t cut corners on quality. Our service is a whole foods based meal delivery. We get organic produce deliveries from a local farm. Local means fresher and fresher means better tasting and higher in nutrients.

Our meals are low-fat and high-fiber, using lean proteins and heart healthy oils like olive oil and grape seed oil and expeller pressed canola. Check out our delicious menu items and you’ll find a selection of fresh salads, homemade soups, breakfast items and healthy snacks. We have our own homemade breakfast cookies and our bran and flax muffins are an amazingly delicious and healthy way to start the day. We use a whole grain flour that bakes like a white flour in our cookies. We don’t even have white flour in our kitchen!

About the Founder Debra Lane

After 17 years of working in Seattle area restaurants including the Space Needle restaurant and the Seattle Yacht club, in 1997 Debra began her business Chef to Go as a Personal Chef service, using a portable kitchen and cooking meals in people’s homes. In 2001 she converted to a commercial kitchen and started offering meal delivery and catering. Debra also does product development and menu consulting and has had her food featured in local area establishments.

Her additional training includes an Associate degree from North Seattle Community College, courses at the University of Washington, certificates from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and an undergraduate diploma from the USPCA. Debra was a Certified Personal Chef and Certified Instructor for the USPCA. In 2004 she completed 200 hours of additional Nutritional training and received her Nutritional Consultant certification so that she could expand on her knowledge and work with clients with specific dietary needs and develop healthy menus for Diabetics and people needing gluten free menus. Debra is a certified Food Manager with the local health department.

Debra has taught classes at nine national personal chef conventions for two different personal chef associations in the US and Canada and has also helped develop training materials for two national personal chef associations. In 2000, Debra received a national award as the president of the Puget Sound chapter that she founded as the first chapter in the USPCA. In 2001, she was the featured business on the cover of Personal Chef Magazine and a featured business in the Seattle Times. In November 2004 , Debra was awarded the Personal Chefs Network Pacesetter award and in 2007, she was awarded the Personal Chefs Network Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Debra has done recipe development for local gyms and nutritionists so that their clients may have an easier time reaching their health goals.

Debra’s professional affiliations include:

  • Personal Chefs Cooperative, Founding Member
  • The Chefs Collaborative
  • National Association for Catering Executives (NACE)
  • Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
  • Snohomish Wedding Guild
  • Slow Food USA
  • Green Your Theme
  • Biznik