Meet Our Family

In the kitchen—

Dan Engel,
Executive Chef

Dan has been the Executive Chef at The Wandering Gourmet since 2004, when he and his wife Liz acquired it. Like many other chefs, he began cooking at a young age. He used to work in the automotive industry, but his true calling has always been the culinary world.  That passion remained in him until he took on The Wandering Gourmet.

Chef Dan believes in cooking with the freshest ingredients available, and finds reward in making all of his clients happy with the meals he creates. When he is not in the kitchen he still likes to stay busy. Dan enjoys working on his house, taking care of his yard, and playing golf.

 

In the office—

Liz Engel,
President and CEO

Liz is the backbone of both The Wandering Gourmet and Now Plating. She decided to take the leap into the personal chef industry in 2004 and invented Now Plating in 2016. She has a keen eye for detail, a true love for food, and an astute business sense. These traits, along with her strong work ethic, have helped her and Dan excel in the personal chef community.

Outside of work, her absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family and friends – maybe even over a glass of wine. When she finds the time, Liz hopes to finish watching her movie collection, catch up on some great TV shows, travel the world, and read all of the books that are collecting dust in her library.

Emilia Juocys,
Office Manager

Emilia is a great addition to the Wandering Gourmet team. She fulfills the roles of coach, cheerleader, and culinarian all rolled into one, and that makes her a fantastic office manager. She is ready to take on any project or challenge, and we are excited to have her at the Wandering Gourmet.
 
Emilia has been working in the culinary field for over 10 years. Before that her specialties were in healthcare and athletic administration. Additionally, she was an international athlete. She trained under Brian Polcyn, and sharpened her skills while working with him at Five Lakes Grill, Forest Grill, and Cinco Lagos. When she lived in Chicago she worked for Virtue Cider, and buzzed around the Chicago food scene.
 
Emilia holds degrees in anthropology, sports science and the culinary arts. Food has been a part of her life since she was a little girl cooking alongside her grandmother. She cannot get enough of it. Emilia is excited to be a part of the Wandering Gourmet and to help contribute to all of our clients' in-home dining experiences. She loves emulsions, baking cookies, hard cider, orchids and terrible jokes.