Chef Nardia fell in love with the culinary arts, organic agriculture and gardening at a very young age. Her upbringing has had a profound and lasting impact on her approach to the culinary field. Nardia was born in Comfort Hall, a small farming community in the lush Jamaican countryside. Growing up in an environment surrounded by farmers and cooks, she developed a true appreciation for a natural, eat-to-live lifestyle.
Nardia’s professional career began in the medical field. For ten years, she worked as a nurse in Boston and Atlanta, where she witnessed first-hand the direct effect people’s food choices had on their health. Chef Nardia graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston in 2011. She has also received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
In 2013, Chef Nardia established Lovely Roots Gourmet, a personal chef and culinary service located in Southern Florida, serving Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Nardia and her team of talented chefs provide a flexitarian culinary service with a personalized approach and an emphasis on plant-based, organic ingredients. At Lovely Roots Gourmet, we incorporate tasty, health-conscious foods into our client’s daily lives and help motivate them to return to their "Lovely Roots," a state of natural well-being.
Chef Nardia has cooked for Vice President Al Gore as well as professional athletes from the NBA, and NFL. She is accepting new clients, and would love to share her culinary expertise with you. References are available upon request.
Meet the Team
Chef Ariana has been about food for as long as she can remember. Raised by a Jamaican mother and Trinidadian father, both blessed with amazing culinary abilities and a love for food, her passion for the kitchen was inevitable.
Growing up in Englewood, New Jersey, minutes away from NYC-one of the worlds food capitals- she was able to not only learn the tricks of the trade at home but also had access to many eccentric cuisines nearby.
As well as being true foodies, her family was also very well-traveled. Chef Ari has visited London, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico and most of the Caribbean islands.
She earned her degree in Hospitality Management at Florida International University and has spent the last nine years in Miami perfecting her craft in many of Miami’s top restaurants, catering companies and even food trucks.
Currently she is co-founder of a new herbal tea company called Tastebud Tea’s.
Now working as a personal chef, it is her goal to execute flavorful and mentally stimulating meals for her clients.
The knowledge and skills she’s obtained allow her to create dishes from various ethnic backgrounds, especially Pan Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, African, Latin American and French cuisines.
Chef Ari aspires to stimulate ones mind, body, and soul through her love of food.
Chef Keisha cooks with passion and soul. Her love for cooking manifested as a child, growing up in a Caribbean/ Indian house hold where bold flavors and delicious food was always flowing. Chef Keisha best describes the way she feels about cooking as a language of love, the way she is able to connect with others and express complete and utter joy. Chef Keisha attended 6 years of Culinary school, 2 of which of she attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island honing her craft. Chef Keisha has several years of experience cooking in facilities where healthy, fresh and delicious food is a must. She loves Cooking with international flavors such as Asian, Italian and the lovely Indian spices she was raised on. Her infectious, out of this world personality and undeniable skill for making mouth watering dishes is what makes her a great new addition to the Lovely roots Gourmet family.
For as long as she can remember, Chef Wendy Gutierrez has had a passion for all things culinary. Born in New York City to a traditional Puerto Rican family, Wendy quickly found her place in the kitchen. “My mom has always been an amazing cook, and I have such fond memories of helping her with small tasks in the kitchen while she cooked.” As a young girl, Wendy and her family moved to Miami where she kept pursuing her love for food throughout grade school.
As a graduate from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Wendy immersed herself in all things hospitality. Her love for wine also pushed her to study abroad in Europe studying the production of wine and its’ pairing with food.
Chef Wendy has spent countless hours in some of Miami’s most acclaimed restaurants working with the country’s top Chefs, including Jean George, Daniel Boulud, Dale Ray and Michelle Bernstein, as well as being a Private Chef to several celebrities and top business executives. Most recently, Chef Wendy parted with Copperbox Culinary Atelier/Epicurean Dining Room where she was Sous Chef to help open Il Sole restaurant inside the famed Versace Mansion, where she ran the kitchen as Chef De Cuisine.
When she is not immersed in a restaurant kitchen or at a client’s home, you can find Chef Wendy relaxing at a park with her dogs or in her own kitchen cooking for friends and family. “Being in this industry, you don’t normally have lots of time off, but when I do, I like being at home with friends and loved ones cooking or grilling outside; my idea of a good time!”.