BRINGING THE TASTES AND STYLES OF CONTEMPORARY CUISINE TO DOZENS OF HOMES AROUND MIAMI, ISAAC PERLMAN HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING LOCAL KITCHENS INTO RESTAURANTS, TURNING FAMILY MEALS INTO EXCITING DINING EXPERIENCES.
Photography by The Lunch Box www.thelunchboxphoto.com
Isaac Perlman is the stranger you’ll never regret letting into your kitchen. At just 22 years old, the young chef has already formed his own catering business, but Chef-IP isn’t your typical container-based catering service.
“What I do is simple. I buy fresh, local ingredients, bring them to your house, and cook whatever your family loves the most.” Tired of people comparing him to traditional caterers, Isaac insists that his business is focused on quality and freshness. “Bottom line, no one likes eating re-heated food from some big aluminum crate. You don’t know where the food came from, how it got to your house, or even if it was made the same day. With me, you’re literally watching me cook in your own kitchen.”
Fueled by his passion from an early age, Perlman spent his high school and college summers working for the likes of Harry Sasson and Leo Katz in Bogota. There, in the kitchens of two of the most important restaurateurs of his native Colombia, Perlman learned to combine the flare and ingenuity of contemporary cuisine with the simple elegance of his family cookbook.
Confident though he may be, he nevertheless conserves the boyish idealism of doing what he loves. “I never thought I’d turn this into a business,” he says, barely believing his company’s quick growth. “My friends just kept asking me to cook for them, you know? I was always too busy with work and school. Finally, one day I said OK, and I ended up cooking Lomo Salteado [sautéed beef tenderloin], a typical Peruvian dish, for 30 people at a Shabbat dinner.”
From there, Chef-IP has spread organically to the kitchens of his family friends and beyond. Asked what he does about dieting restrictions, Perlman shrugs with the confidence of an experienced chef and the grin of a longtime picky eater. “Kosher, vegetarian, flexitarian…I understand how particular people are about what they eat these days, especially at home.”
Leaving his workspaces as clean as he finds them, Isaac comes in and out of your house like a ghost. With no need to cook or clean or even do the groceries, a night in with your friends and family can feel like a night out at the hottest new restaurant. So, at the end of the day, if you’re stuck between deciding to eat out or stay in, inviting Isaac Perlman into your kitchen may be the best way to go.