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Meet Sonia Vissani-Lesko of Chefs For Seniors in West Los Angeles Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sonia Vissani-Lesko.

Sonia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am Italian from the region of Marche on the Adriatic Coast. I do not have a single childhood memory that does not include food. I learned to make pasta from my grandmother when I was a teenager and it is still what I enjoy making the most today. My life’s trajectory led me to change continents and pursue diverse career paths until now, some forty years later, I have decided to make something delicious and purposeful out of all of my childhood memories. I am now the proud franchisee of Chefs For Seniors, a company with a heart.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I joined the company in late summer of 2019 and hit the ground with my first client in October of that same year. For the first six months, everything was as smooth one could hope for when starting up a new business. Then COVID-19 hit with all of its new and changing challenges. Chefs for Seniors immediately created clear safety guidelines to keep both cooks and clients protected. I and my fellow chefs and franchisees are committed to applying all the necessary safety measures to ensure that our seniors are safe and well-fed.

Chefs For Seniors – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am very proud to be part of the Chefs For Seniors community. Born in the heart of the Allman’s family, Chefs For Seniors is a business with the purpose of providing good food, proper nutrition and a little bit of company to the senior population in the safety of their own homes. The service is affordable and the meals high quality. As a chef, I start by shopping for the ingredients in the store of my client’s choice before heading to my client’s home to cook up a batch of savory meals. The aromas of my home-cooking bring back childhood memories, my clients think, “It smells good! Can’t way to taste it.” After cooking, I clean the kitchen and discuss the menu for the following time. Over time, my clients become more than clients to me. They become my friends and we are thankful for the time that we get to share with one another.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The Allman family deserves credit for the success of Chefs For Seniors. The business started with the visions and the hearts of Barrett and Nathan Allman, father and son.

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