I have loved every minute of my journey. My passion for cooking and creating fresh tasteful meals began when I was a little girl growing up in rural Romania, an area best known for castles, vampires and the Carpathian Mountains. Ever since I was strong enough to stand, I began cooking alongside my grandmother, Maria, who I was named after. We made meals from scratch using all natural ingredients that we either grew ourselves or that we purchased at our village's local street market.
I immigrated here as a child and lived in Clear Spring, Maryland. We were very close to the Mennonite family that sponsored us and supported up through our immigration process. I grew up along side some amazing women and learned to cook some old Pennsylvania-Dutch favorites. As an adult, I worked as a business manager for a large financial institution, which required me to travel frequently. I was able to explore new foods and cultures. I have a large blended family, and take pride in my seven children. I love being able to work for myself and the freedom it allows me to be able to balance my large family life.
I love the opportunity to help individuals & families find time in their busy lives to eat fresh healthy food.
Education & Certifications
In 2017, I graduated Valedictorian of the Culinary Arts Program at James Rumsey Technical Institute. Their program has American Culinary Federation Accrediation. James Rumsey Technical Institute was selected in 2016-2017 and awarded for Premier Technical School within the state of West Virginia.
In 2017, I was inducted into The National Technical Honor Society. This honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.
During my enrollment in Culinary Arts, I also had the pleasure at working at three fine dining restaurants where I held the title as Chef de Garde Manger and Catering Sous Chef.
You can rest assured that your food will be handled with the safest measures. I take pride in my ServSafe Manager Certification.
Licensed in WV and Insured.
Proud Member of the USPCA
United States Personal Chef Association since 2017
I love cooking using natural fresh ingredients. What sets me apart from regular convenience food is that all ingredients are purchased fresh and meals made from scratch. I have a passion for creating healthy tasty meals to allow you more time doing what you love. We have busy lives and if you don't enjoy grocery shopping and cooking as much as I do, then it can become overwhelming. Let me help simplify your life. We have several services to help you manage you life so you have more time doing what you love.
Sun: Closed Generally but can accommodate Catering Clients as needed
"She catered my daughters wedding ,very reasonable price, food was excellent, service was outstanding, I would recommend her for any gathering."
Carl T. - Martinsburg, WV - December 2017
"Maria was on time, had all the food needed for prep, and has been a joy to work with. Best of all my family loves everything she’s cooked. From keto friendly meals to when she even catered our daughters 2nd Birthday party a few months back."
Kaitland E. - Greencastle, PA - December 2017
"I cannot say enough great things about Chef Maria! Her food is excellent, her personality is the best, and overall I simply love having her here preparing our family meals that last us the entire month once we portion them out and freeze them! Gypsy Soul Mobile Cafe has been a real time and money saver for our family. People do not know how much value will be added back to their lives (in time and money) until they use Chef Maria's services once. Our family eats out less, time is added back to our evenings, and not to mention I am less stressed from not having to figure out what is for dinner! All of our four children love Chef Maria's meals. I like that she can help us plan healthy meals that each of our six family members will eat. Give her services a try- you will not be disappointed!"
Melissa H. - Charles Town, WV - January 2018
"Chef Maria catered my Mom's 50th birthday dinner and it could not have been a better experience! We held our private dinner at a cabin in Harper's Ferry that we rented for a little getaway. Maria was responsive, professional, and personable throughout the entire process. We worked together to create a surf and turf menu since it is my Mom's favorite. Maria was extremely prepared and paid careful attention to detail while preparing our meal at the cabin. Everything was ready right on time and we were amazed by each dish she served. The crab artichoke bisque was no ordinary soup! So full of flavor that we're still craving it. The filet and lobster were cooked perfectly and the portions were generous. A bonus is that Maria handles all the clean up so we were able to sit and relax after dinner. It was the best birthday present for my Mom and an experience we will never forget!"
Morgan M. - Charles Town, WV - January 2018
"I was recently at a friend's house that had Maria over preparing fresh appetizers for a holiday party. Everything was delicious and made from scratch. She was a pleasure watching as she assembles the dishes right in front of us and was very knowledgable giving me wonderful tips that I could use myself at home. I was very impressed and never knew there was such a thing as a personal chef available in our area. I will be contacting her myself for future parties."
Charles P. - Martinsburg, WV - January 2018
"I loved every keto dish she made for me. She is truly amazing at what she does."
Donni G. - Middletown, MD - February 2018
"This is the second time chef Maria came to our house to prepare some meals for us. Everything is ridiculously tasty and I love her flexibility with her schedule, also allows me to prep/cook with her to save time/money. Knowledgeable about low carb/keto meals and they are so yummy!"
Christine W. - Charles Town, WV - June 2018
"This was the most pleasant and professional experience I've ever had. Not to mention, our food was delicious! Weekly meal by Maria are the WAY to LIVE!"
Danielle D. - Martinsburg, WV - August 2018
"We were in need of a personal chef for a group retreat and found Gypsy Soul Mobile Cafe online. In just a few days Maria put together menu and budget options for us. Right from the first meal we were blown away with the food, quality of service, and speed.
The food was excellent and right on point. I would highly recommend her to anyone for their event, engagements, or just for a great meal cooked in your house."
Joshua T. - Woodlawn, MD - August 2018
"Gypsy Soul Mobile Cafe was GREAT!! I attended a staff retreat at The Woods in Hedgesville, WV where Maria catered our meals. Great food, professionalism, very kind, and even gave us all the leftovers!! I highly recommend her services. Gave us the feeling of a home cooked meal every time!!"
Lance H. - Lewes, DE - August 2018
"Chef Maria did a great job catering the NPBC ministry staff retreat. The food was delicious and her personality was delightful."
Diane R. - Lewes, DE - August 2018
"Chef Maria catered for our staff retreat at 'The Woods' and she was amazing! Her presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. She had everything ready in a timely manner with a friendly and engaging personality. Thank you Chef!"
Monique L. - Upper Marlboro, MD - August 2018
"Gypsy Soul Mobile Cafe is a wonderful establishment. Chef Maria was professional, prompt and courteous. Most of all, the food was delicious. She was the chef for a retreat I attended. She cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for us for two days. Each meal was different, and the food was superb. I would definitely recommend Gypsy Soul for any of your catered needs."
Joi T. - Lewes, DE - August 2018
"Chef Marie food was great! Her service was impeccable!"
Alfred B. - Springfield, VA - August 2018
I have to say, I was apprehensive conducting business sight unseen and only having a website to base decisions and meeting you the day of dinner however the food and presentation was exactly like your website, picture perfect and beautiful. Your professionalism met and exceeded my expectations and I was not disappointed at all. You were very supportive because I was anxious. All my fears melted when it was time for us to have dinner. The presentation and aroma of grilled fresh vegetables was truly inviting and it set the pace. You made that evening so beautiful and your talent in creating the menu was truly an asset, becuase of you it came together more than I could have imagined. The wedding turned out fantastic, no rain, and everyone enjoyed the rehearsal dinner. The bride and groom really enjoyed the food and I was so pleased with their compliment. The hamburger and turkey sausages were a real hit, and many enjoyed the watermelon and mint salad. You did an awesome job and the presentation was fantastic. You were truly on point and I sincerely thank you for helping me with the menu. I hope Megan will recommend you for more venues at Boydville, you are fantastic.
I can't say enough "Thank you's". I wish you all the success in your catering business, the food is delicious. Warm hugs, Arlyss
Arlyss J. - Washington, DC - September 2018
"Chef Maria catered my wedding and did a fantastic job, taking last minute changes in stride and providing a spread that was both visually appealing and delicious! I will absolutely be using her services in the futute."
Amanda G. - Hagerstown, MD - October 2018
"We are loving our meals that Maria prepares for us. We have several sensitivities and a nut allergy and she always makes sure to work around them to make yummy healthy foods that even my kids eat! I am so thrilled that we found Maria. She is attentive to our many food sensitivities and allergies and makes such yummy and healthy foods. We are a busy family with both of us working we found ourselves not having the time or energy to come home and cook each night. Having these foods in our fridge or freezer is so awesome. And Maria is simply the best. She is organized, explains the whole process and is also flexible. "
Colleen K. - Sheperdstown, WV - November 2018
"Maria's services are top notch! I just don't have the time to get my veggies and fruits ready for the week and with her services helps keep me on track for the week! I highly recommend! 5 Stars all day long!"
Sheila L. - Williamsport, MD - April 2019
"We used Chef Maria for dinner for 16, and we were incredibly pleased. Dinner was amazing, and it was so wonderful to smell the delicious food cooking while we all got to enjoy our time together instead of a few of us in the kitchen. She even boxed up the leftovers for us and then left the kitchen cleaner than she found it. I highly recommend!"
Cara R. - Catonsville, MD - April 2019
Great to work with and really professional. It was a HUGE gymnastics event and she went above and beyond. Definitely going to use Gypsy Soul for our next competition too!
Julia L. - Hagerstown, MD - April 2019
"Chef Maria catered a weekend meditation retreat that I hosted for 10 people. She delivered all 5 meals for the weekend on Friday afternoon, exactly as we had planned. The meals consisted of comforting food that is both healthy, well balanced, filling, and light enough to leave room for deep breathing and deep contemplation--just what we needed! I was so nervous about picking someone off the internet, but Maria's professionalism and responsiveness completely reassured me. And the food was a HUGE success. My only regret? That I have no photos to show for the incredible meals she created for us cause we were so quick to eat them!!! Next time though..."
Shira O. - Silver Springs, MD - May 2019
Chef Maria and her assistant, Eddie, prepared a pick-up lunch (sliders, satay chicken, cheese & fruit boards, bruschetta) and a very special dinner (paella, summer tomato salad, herb & garlic bread) for our wedding event. The food was freshly prepared at our home, beautifully presented (and labeled!), and universally praised. The kitchen was hers, and the two families got to know each other. The food was delicious! The "kids" repeatedly said how it was all "perfect." Thank you, Maria!
Sallly S. - Sheperdstown, WV - July 2019
"Gypsy Soul Mobile Cafe catered my son and daughter in laws wedding. We could not be more pleased in the quality and quantity of food. A true culinary delight delivered by Chef Maria. The staff was extremely professional, polite and accommodating. Our experience was perfect! 5 stars plus plus plus!!! Will use again and again!!"
Dennis R. - Martinsburg, WV - September 2019
"We had the privilege of having Maria cater our wedding day. She and her crew were phenomenal. Our family is still talking about the delicious dinner she made us. Her set up was beautiful, on time, and was the highlight of our night. As we set up the night before we misplaced a few plates. Chef Maria made a pit stop on her way to our venue and bought the extra plates we lost. We couldn’t of had a better experience without her. We met as strangers and left the night feeling as if she was part of our family. Thank you so much, Maria! We will be calling you for any of our catering services we need!"
Amanda B. - Martinsburg, WV - September 2019
"aria was able to accommodate our event on short notice, even though she had a weeding in the evening. We do an annual pig roast, and I had Maria do the sides. In the ten years we've been doing this, these are the best sides we've had for our roast. Potato salad was amazing, feta watermelon was different, tasty, and creative. Mac and cheese, super cheesy, and moist. Thanks Maria, we look forward to having you work your magic for us in the future!"