We had the good fortune of connecting with Gigliola (Gigi) Zimmermann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gigliola (Gigi), can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Honestly, I believe it was meant to be, because it happened so organically that I didn’t even realized how the puzzle got completed by itself! Things worked where I was able to have quality time with my family, and continue with creating menus for private dinners, cooking classes and chef events.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I create a personalized experience for each client by creating a menu that describes them, in the comfort of their homes, for both cooking classes and private dinners.
As mentioned, things happened so naturally once I became a private chef, however, most of my clients knew me when owning Joyce & Gigi’s kitchen- the restaurant became popular for serving a new take on South American cuisine incorporating fusions from all over the world, and I believe that’s what sets me apart from other chefs.
Every day I learn a new lesson, but the most challenging lessons I experienced within my industry had to be when I owned Joyce & Gigi’s kitchen, nowadays is mainly finding balance and making sure I worked out well the logistics when accepting an event, without forgetting about my family (they always come first).
I do put everything in me to create the perfect menu/experience for my clients, that I would always make it unique for every single one of them as well as incorporating my Bolivian roots in each menu.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to white rock lake for a quick morning walk, Bishop-Arts for brunch at Boulevardier, and some emporium pies for after. We would move on to the Dallas Arboretum, while enjoying a mango smoothie, followed by a trolley ride around uptown with possibly an avocado froyo from yumilicious, then we would end the day with pre-drinks from Cosmos and dinner from Mot-Hai-Ba in Lakewood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
100% my husband (John), I don’t tell him this enough, but besides God, he is the reason why I get to experience success in my industry while enjoying our family at the same time.
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