Meet the staff of Home Appétit the best meal delivery service in Philadelphia

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Meet the team that makes and delivers all your delish food.

Amir Podheiser

Executive Sous Chef & Delivery Coordinator

Mir masterfully switches between cooking for private chef clients and handling delivery and driver logistics for Home Appétit’s meal service.

Before coming to H.A., Mir cooked at Le Cheri, Bibou, Stock and Pumpkin. His favorite Philly restaurant to grab dinner at is L’Angolo.

Mir masterfully switches between cooking for private chef clients and handling delivery and driver logistics for Home Appétit’s meal service.

Before coming to H.A., Mir cooked at Le Cheri, Bibou, Stock and Pumpkin. His favorite Philly restaurant to grab dinner at is L’Angolo.

Andrew White

Senior Sous Chef

Previous Experience: Dogwood Southern Table and Bar and Mission Taqueria

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Cafe la maude

Previous Experience: Dogwood Southern Table and Bar and Mission Taqueria

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Cafe la maude

Angela Luna

Lead Prep Cook

Previous Experience: Parc

Favorite H.A. Dish: Wings and chicken cutlets

Previous Experience: Parc

Favorite H.A. Dish: Wings and chicken cutlets

Ani Matthews

Delivery Team

April Tidwell

Delivery Team

Ashley Primis

Director of Marketing and Business Development

After graduating from Duke University, Ashley attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She moved to Philadelphia and cooked at the Four Seasons before becoming a food writer. She spent 15 years as an editor for Philadelphia magazine and other outlets. She also worked as a director for Starr Restaurants.

She joined Home Appétit in 2020 as the first corporate employee. In her role, she oversees all marketing, branding and communications efforts, identifies business opportunities, and occasionally buys office furniture.

She lives in Queen Village with her husband and kids. She mostly cooks chicken nuggets now.

After graduating from Duke University, Ashley attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She moved to Philadelphia and cooked at the Four Seasons before becoming a food writer. She spent 15 years as an editor for Philadelphia magazine and other outlets. She also worked as a director for Starr Restaurants.

She joined Home Appétit in 2020 as the first corporate employee. In her role, she oversees all marketing, branding and communications efforts, identifies business opportunities, and occasionally buys office furniture.

She lives in Queen Village with her husband and kids. She mostly cooks chicken nuggets now.

Bonifacio Hernandez

Prep Cook & Mayor of H.A.

Favorite H.A. Dish: Chicken and salads

Favorite Philly Restaurant: LMNO

Favorite H.A. Dish: Chicken and salads

Favorite Philly Restaurant: LMNO

Demetrius Stritenoff

Production Lead

Demetrius recently graduated from Walnut Hill College, earning his culinary degree. He worked with H.A. as a student prep cook and is now on the team full time!

Demetrius recently graduated from Walnut Hill College, earning his culinary degree. He worked with H.A. as a student prep cook and is now on the team full time!

Evan Butkovsky

Chef De Cuisine

Evan runs the day-to-day kitchen operations, manages team members, and ensures H.A.’s meals hit the highest quality, consistency and taste standards. Evan has previously cooked at Vernick, El Vez, Amada and Kanella.

In his free time, you can find him playing hoops or hanging with his daughter and wife (who is also a cook at Home Appétit) in South Philly.

Evan runs the day-to-day kitchen operations, manages team members, and ensures H.A.’s meals hit the highest quality, consistency and taste standards. Evan has previously cooked at Vernick, El Vez, Amada and Kanella.

In his free time, you can find him playing hoops or hanging with his daughter and wife (who is also a cook at Home Appétit) in South Philly.

Francisco Solis

Cook

Previous Experience: Walnut Street Cafe, Alma De Cuba

Favorite H.A. Dish: Meatloaf

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Fogo De Chao

Previous Experience: Walnut Street Cafe, Alma De Cuba

Favorite H.A. Dish: Meatloaf

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Fogo De Chao

Joe Lakavage

Sous Chef & Personal Chef

While often helping out with our meal delivery service, Joe spends most of his time working with our private chef clients, cooking a variety of customized meals for their dietary needs and tastes each week.

Before joining our team, Joe cooked at Gotham Bar and Grill in NYC, Mémé in Philly, Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn and Balboa Cafe in Tahoe, and more. Joe’s favorite Philly restaurant is South Philly Barbacoa.

While often helping out with our meal delivery service, Joe spends most of his time working with our private chef clients, cooking a variety of customized meals for their dietary needs and tastes each week.

Before joining our team, Joe cooked at Gotham Bar and Grill in NYC, Mémé in Philly, Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn and Balboa Cafe in Tahoe, and more. Joe’s favorite Philly restaurant is South Philly Barbacoa.

John White

Delivery Team

Julio Rios

Delivery Team

Kaylin Miska

Executive Personal Chef

Kaylin wears many hats at Home Appétit. She works on the personal chef side of our company, cooking in clients' homes. She also oversees menu development for the delivery service, writing recipes and creating the menus each week. On top of that, she is a customer-service guru, ensuring all food-related requests from clients are properly addressed, documented and communicated to our team.

She has previously cooked at Jojo and Public in NYC and Forest and Main Brewing Company in Ambler. Her favorite H.A. dish is the lamb kofta and her favorite Philly restaurant is Royal Izakaya.

Kaylin wears many hats at Home Appétit. She works on the personal chef side of our company, cooking in clients' homes. She also oversees menu development for the delivery service, writing recipes and creating the menus each week. On top of that, she is a customer-service guru, ensuring all food-related requests from clients are properly addressed, documented and communicated to our team.

She has previously cooked at Jojo and Public in NYC and Forest and Main Brewing Company in Ambler. Her favorite H.A. dish is the lamb kofta and her favorite Philly restaurant is Royal Izakaya.

Larry Goings

Steward & Prep

Previous Experience: The Fitler Club

Favorite H.A. Dish: Brined and grilled pork chops, mac and cheese, broccoli, and oatmeal bars. (Too many to pick only one!)

Favorite Philly Hang: Dave & Busters

Previous Experience: The Fitler Club

Favorite H.A. Dish: Brined and grilled pork chops, mac and cheese, broccoli, and oatmeal bars. (Too many to pick only one!)

Favorite Philly Hang: Dave & Busters

Lee Wallach

Founder/Chef

Lee became enamored with restaurants when he worked as a dishwasher in Rehoboth when he was 14. (He eventually wound up getting to chop a few veggies, too.) After graduating from George Washington University in 2008, Lee went back to cooking, working at renowned restaurants in Napa, Miami and New York.

In 2013 Lee relocated to Philadelphia and took the opportunity to reevaluate his future. While trying to figure out what was next, he accepted a temporary personal chef gig on the Main Line. You can guess the rest...

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Lee became enamored with restaurants when he worked as a dishwasher in Rehoboth when he was 14. (He eventually wound up getting to chop a few veggies, too.) After graduating from George Washington University in 2008, Lee went back to cooking, working at renowned restaurants in Napa, Miami and New York.

In 2013 Lee relocated to Philadelphia and took the opportunity to reevaluate his future. While trying to figure out what was next, he accepted a temporary personal chef gig on the Main Line. You can guess the rest...

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Miriam Pérez

Prep Team

Monica Mendoza

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Milton Joel Lopez Oloroso

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Oscar Hernandez

Prep Team

Reyna Hernandez

Prep Cook

Previous Experience: Royal Boucherie, Laurel and Amada

Favorite H.A. Dish: Baked pasta and roasted broccoli

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Bing Bing

Previous Experience: Royal Boucherie, Laurel and Amada

Favorite H.A. Dish: Baked pasta and roasted broccoli

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Bing Bing

Sara Ramirez

Cook

Previous Experience: Loco Pez, Double Knot

Favorite H.A. Dish: Puttanesca

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Tequila's

Previous Experience: Loco Pez, Double Knot

Favorite H.A. Dish: Puttanesca

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Tequila's

Sean Mason

Delivery Team

Veronica Hernandez

Prep Cook

Previous Experience: Vernick, Tria and Bliss

Favorite H.A. Dish: Wings and sweet potatoes

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Parc. (Don’t tell her husband, who is executive chef of LMNO!)

Previous Experience: Vernick, Tria and Bliss

Favorite H.A. Dish: Wings and sweet potatoes

Favorite Philly Restaurant: Parc. (Don’t tell her husband, who is executive chef of LMNO!)

Volieda Webb

Delivery Team

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