Modern Comfort Food

locally sourced × tailored with love


Modern Comfort Food from the Tailored Chef

Photos by Amadeo Plaza

The world is busy; we are pulled in several different directions at once. When we reach the table, we want food that is familiar, something relaxed. At the same time, we want our palates to be challenged, to keep it interesting. We crave modern comfort food.  

As the Tailored Chef, I have over twenty five years in the business, working in restaurants, hotels and catering companies. Each chef I worked with has left a lasting impression, helping to shape the culinarian I am today.  
When creating a menu for a client, I use my notes of a dish to transform it into something more genuinely accessible.

I once worked with a chef who had extensive experience in global cuisine.  He introduced me to Moroccan food. I challenged myself to adapt two of his dishes --- chickpea stew and spiced ground lamb. My interpretation: Moroccan Chickpea Bruschetta and Lamb Meatballs with Sesame Polenta and Cardamom Tomato Sauce.

Modern comfort food.  Genuine.  Authentic.  Accessible.  Tailored.  


Chef James Grody





Delivery and drop off, on-site preparation and serving, and weekly office lunches, I have the answer to your catering needs. Past and current clients include People Magazine, Grouper and Monte Nido NY.



Treat yourself to having a Chef come into your home to cook a restaurant quality meal — clean up included! I can also consult on weekly meal plans.



I can help you take your restaurant/catering business to the next level. Not only am I handy in the kitchen, I know the systems and processes that support successful ventures.   





  • James made our holiday meal celebration an enormous success. The food was exceptional, his presentation beautiful and he orchestrated a superb event. He paid attention to the details to make sure everything went as planned. I would not hesitate to work with him again
    — Randy L.
  • Awesome! James was perfectly friendly and professional at the same time. He was calm and organized and left the kitchen spotless. The food was delicious - all four of us were members of the "clean plate club". I would highly recommend James to my friends!
    — Elizabeth T.
  • James was great! All of our guests loved everything he prepared. He was totally self-sufficient and easy going and my husband and I were able to relax like guests at our own gathering. We would definitely work with James again. And of course the food was delicious!
    — Nancy G.
  • James was an excellent chef and his food was delightful. He was such a pleasant and friendly guy, an absolute joy to have around. He served dinner effortlessly, everyone enjoyed it, and there was more than enough food for everyone. Excellent evening!
    — Emma W.
  • James was great. Served a great dinner on a school night for my wife and I. Food was excellent and so was James. We really enjoyed chatting with him- very personable. Every course was better than the last and the apple pie was to die for!
    — Mark N.