About

Since 2010, Personal Chef Victoria Cortes has been offering Washington DC area professionals the luxury of nutritious and delicious food prepared just to their liking, in their own kitchen.

News!

After 12 years of cooking for clients in their homes, Victoria has transferred her operation to a certified, licensed commercial kitchen in Arlington, VA.

Mission

The mission for Victoria Cortes Personal Chef Service remains the same: make it easy for her clients to have a refrigerator full of highly nutritious prepared foods.

New Goal

By expanding her business into a commercial kitchen, Victoria’s goal is to make anti-inflammatory meal plans available to more people.

Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Victoria gained extensive experience with anti-inflammatory diets while working with professional athletes who tracked their food sensitivities. On a weekly basis, Victoria would create custom menus for her athlete clients based on the foods they needed to avoid.

Victoria is well-versed with these anti-inflammatory diets: the autoimmune protocol (AIP), The Whole30 and the Paleo diet.

AIP

Victoria recently completed a comprehensive 6-week course on the subject of Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP), which was created by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. 

Food as Medicine
Victoria is convinced of the healing power of food and her delicious and nutritious preparations have proved helpful in reducing inflammation in the body and fighting many ailments. When it comes to healthy food, Victoria does not believe in shortcuts- she prepares slow-simmered bone broths and adjusts standard recipes in order to incorporate more wholesome ingredients.

Background

After graduating cum laude from a liberal arts college (click here) in Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French, Victoria worked in documentary film at the National Geographic Channel in Washington, D.C. 

Inspired by the amazing food she experienced during the year she studied in France, Victoria decided to pursue a degree in the culinary arts. Since graduating with honors from the Professional Culinary Arts Program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Victoria has honed her skills in all kinds of kitchen operations- from fine dining, catering, and prepared foods, to the set of the television cooking show, Emeril Green (featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse).

Victoria is a Certified Food Safety Manager with the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and Victoria Cortes Personal Chef Service is licensed, bonded, and insured.