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Chef Gets Up Close and Personal

Even as a child, Alderson loved to cook. "I was always in the kitchen with my mother. We used to have amazing times," he said. "One Thanksgiving was like 'Taste the gravy, I think it needs a little more flour.' We ended up with I think a half gallon of gravy, just going back and forth," he said with a booming laugh.

But even though cooking was always a passion, his degree in chemistry from Lake Forest College in Illinois led him down a different path. Alderson worked for Met Life for seven years, then 24 years at AT&T. All the while, he continued cooking for his two daughters and for potluck dinners with friends."People always seemed to gravitate toward my food, so I said, 'I must be doing something right,' " he said.

Now retired, he's doing what he loves. Alderson cooks for weddings, graduation parties, anniversary dinners and more for his Weston-based business, Making it Personal. He even prepares meals for families to reheat during the week. But before he even prepares a menu, he interviews his clients to find out the foods they like -- and the ones they don't -- as well as their allergies. If you don't like broccoli, you'll never see it on your plate.

He shops, prepares the food, cooks and cleans -- a service that might seem like an unaffordable luxury for many families. But Alderson says it's less expensive than you might think. You could end up spending more to eat at a restaurant than it would to have him make a meal in your own kitchen.

“[I love to] transform the product from grocery to a meal, especially if someone likes it,”

he says.

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