With a culinary education that reads like the lengthy background of a Ph. D candidate, Cheven has studied at numerous institutions known for their food training programs including graduating from multiple culinary schools such as the C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of America) located in Hyde Park New York, Dominican Carlton Tivoli located in Luzern, Switzerland and A Taste of The Mediterranean located in Napa Valley, California.
After hitting the (cook) books, Cheven headed to the famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California to cook at the Prince of Whales Restaurant. He has since held positions at numerous highly acclaimed restaurants around the world, including being appointed 'Celebrated Chef' of the mobile four star renowned restaurant Lutece in the world famous Venetian Hotel.
While working on restaurant menus, he also organized multiple weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events, wine dinners and extravagant galas for as many as 2,000 guests. That experience has since been parlayed into My World on a Plate, a business Cheven operates with his younger sister Robyn, that has become one of the most sought after catering teams in Hollywood.
Robyn is an events guru in her own right. With a penchant for finance and a love of hospitality learned from coordinating business events as a CEO, Robyn is the behind-the-scenes genius at My World on a Plate, ensuring that everything goes smoothly from start to finish. While her love of the hospitality industry began while growing up in her parent's restaurant, it went to a whole new level when she had the chance to work alongside her brother and see his passion for cooking. Her previous experience in finance and her new love of food has inspired Robyn to raise My World on a Plate to heights previously unknown by your average catering company.
Cheven describes his food as "Classical French Mediterranean with strong Pacific Rim and Asian influences" and focuses on bringing balanced flavors and textures to every plate. These influences can be seen in the raw bar, made-to-order sushi bar, and other special offerings of My World on a Plate, including the Soba Noodle Station. A guest at a recent event said, "I think the custom Soba Noodle Bar is a great idea. I did the Ponzu dressing and loved mine, but I think any combination would have been delicious."
"Presentation is not everything," says Cheven, "but it does play an important role regardless of whether it is painted in oil, preformed in brilliant character on stage, or created for a fine dining experience." Presentation may not be everything, but it certainly helps to have your food look good before you even taste.
Guests at a recent tropical/Bora Bora themed event remarked:
"I was really excited to find fresh sushi being prepared to order. And it isn't just the standard spicy tuna roll, they were serving all different kinds tonight."
"The grill station was my favorite; the smell hits you before you get there and the kabobs were really fantastic!"
My World on a Plate has catered events for television shows and productions such as Family Guy, So You Think You Can Dance, My Fair Wedding, Oprah Winfrey Network, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and many others. Recently, My World on a Plate teamed up with the Trousdale in West Hollywood as well as The Beverly, where they are the preferred catering team for all VIP events and extravaganzas.
From Cheven's considerable experience in hospitality, My World on a Plate has expanded to include a consulting division that helps with all aspects of restaurant development including the architectural design and functionality of a kitchen, creating innovative menus, hiring and training staff and implementing ironclad systems.
Despite all the behind-the-scenes action, the My World on a Plate team, led by Cheven, manages to turn out truly memorable meals for events large and small. The creativity and great tasting food have earned them a five-star rating on Yelp! Customers rely on My World on a Plate not only for great food (seafood seems to be a favorite), but perfect ambiance and professionalism in overcoming any snags and snafus. Plus, the well-trained team even cleans up and arranges for any rentals. For more on the dynamic brother/sister duo, check out all their amazing culinary capabilities at their website, MyWorldOnaPlate.com.
Carly Zinderman is a Senior Staff Writer for JustLuxe, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines and online publications, but loves fashion and style best. In her spare time, when she?s not writing, Carly enjoys watching old movies, reading...(Read More)