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.

Robert Tenuta,

Culinary Administrator + Baking & Dessert Expert

Robert has been in the culinary industry for over 30 years. His formal culinary training is from Oakland Community College. What he loves most about working in the culinary field is the creativity associated with it.

Robert’s culinary background includes working in restaurants, small and large bakeries, purchasing for a large food distributor, and as a food broker. A true asset to the team! He knows how to cook, can assist in customer service and organize our ingredient procurement. Although Robert loves to both cook and bake, baking is his true calling in the kitchen!

Outside of work Robert enjoys gardening and golfing. He is an avid reader and Netflix fan. He spends as much time as he can with his wife of 34 years and 2 grand-children. He is also a father of eight!

Emilia Juocys,
Office Manager