It started a little over 10 years ago, when I started cooking. In 2003, I graduated from TSTC-Harlingen in Culinary Arts. After graduation, I worked at several companies including Carino’s Italian Grill in Pharr, TX, Renaissance Hospital in McAllen, TX, Weslaco ISD, and Little Italy.
A friend of mine referred me to Solara Hospital – Harlingen, and that’s where my creative freedom began to flow. Solara Hospital initially needed a cook, but based upon the hospital finding out about my work history, I was immediately given the position of Dietary Manager when the previous Manager resigned. Six years of managing Solara Hospital Campuses in Harlingen and Brownsville still left a void in my culinary desires. Something was still missing.
Early 2011, TSTC invited me to give a presentation to Donna High School because a new culinary arts program would be beginning soon at Donna High School. Thinking this was the opportunity to fill the void, 6 weeks into this new setting of my profession, I was soon finding myself teaching the children something that I was not doing…following your dreams. With that being said, my wife and I started driving around the city of Harlingen looking for “something”, but we just didn’t know what that “something” was until….
We were passing through downtown Harlingen, and made a wrong turn onto “F” street. There, was a little blue building on the corner with a tiny “For Rent” sign on the window. We prayed about it, and soon after, we met with the owner. She came and showed us the building, and without requiring a down payment, she gave us the keys to what is now I-Cook-U-Eat.

Personal Chef Services

  • Chef for Hire – Thinking of throwing a small party or a romantic dinner for two at your home? We will create a personalized dinner party menu that is fitting for your occasion, purchase the ingredients**, and prepare the dinner right in your kitchen. Don’t worry, we will even clean up and store any leftover food. You won’t even know that we were there. (**Restrictions apply). Contact us for more information


  • Private Cooking Classes – Classes can be hosted in your home or at our facility. You and your guests will have a fun, hands-on learning environment exploring the different concepts of cooking, understanding recipes, and of course cooking and eating.  Get together with a group of friends or even a small group of employees for a culinary experience that will surely make someone’s day. Tell us what you would like to learn, or just give us a call, and we will do the rest.  (2-8 guests min/max; minimum 2 hours). Learn more