Makanai is a Japanese culinary term meaning “family meal,” referring to the meal served to restaurant employees before or after service. We see so much beauty in this word; to us it represents the way food allows people to take time out of their day to sit, relax, share in the company of others while nourishing their bodies. And after all, we got to know each other sharing makanai in a restaurant where we were both chefs.

While we approach cooking differently as individuals, we agree food should be uncomplicated, nourishing, tasty, and sustainable. The belief that food is universal in bringing people together and creating healthy, happy communities is the foundation of Makanai. Tamara currently works closely with families to install good eating habits and cultivate a healthy, conscious relationship with growing and eating their food. Thomas, who has worked with many James Beard Award-Winning chefs, enjoys creating dishes and exploring LA’s farmers markets for inspiration.

The goal with Makanai is to provide clients in LA with their own "family meal." Our aim is to make every client's life easier with reliable, attentive service so they can live in the moment.

Tamara and Thomas are true professionals, who also happen to make some of the best food I’ve ever had. Whatever the occasion they provide that little something special to make every event one to remember. They can literally do it all, and are amazing to work with. I can’t compliment them enough. Incredible.” -Mike P.

What we offer…

Personal Chef

We are happy to provide a steady, nutritious diet to individuals and families. We do in-home cooking 3-5 days a week working with dietary needs and personal tastes. We have a strong desire to cook a balanced plant & protein focused diet that makes our clients, young and old, feel good and function well.

Meal Plans

Need help staying on track and saving money? Join our meal plan program. We work with you on menus and how often you need them. Delivered to your home within 10 miles.

Send A Meal

"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate" -Alan D. Wolfelt. If you have a loved one who could use a hot meal, let us cook them something nourishing and comforting. Whether it be for the bereaved, injured, sick, or a friend who is having a stressful week. Show them you care and send a meal their way. It is always appreciated. We deliver it.

Dinner Parties

Take the stress out of your gathering and be able to engage and enjoy the party and your guests.  There are many options/styles we can explore.  Contact us with your ideas and we can create the perfect menu.