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marc + mark – Teaching Nannies to Cook

Posted by Kimberly Varney on July 2, 2015
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One of the most exciting new discoveries resulting from the launch of, was being introduced to Chef Marc Leandro. He and his partner Mark Boquist make up marc+mark, a Private Chef company that specializes in teaching Nannies how to cook.

The Signature Nanny Consultation is $2500 and incorporates a five stage program:


marc+mark begin with a conversation about how your child currently eats. We learn about their existing habits, and take note of particular aspects you’d like to see change for the better. While taking into account the good habits your child already has, we come up with new strategies to foster healthy choices now and in the future. The initial assessment takes place with you, in person, by email, or on the phone, as you wish, once you’ve filled out our initial questionnaire.

A Plan

After the assessment, marc+mark create a game plan that specifically suits your child’s needs. Some clients will require a school lunch plan, others will focus on dinnertime, still others will desire a selection of healthy snacks for throughout the day – some prefer a little of each.

Recipe and Menu Creation

With a plan in place, we create a unique, detailed, and user-friendly Menu Portfolio of recipes for your nanny. We take particular care to accommodate all manner of dietary considerations, from gluten-free to Kosher and vegetarian, among others.


Nanny instruction sessions last for two days. We work with both newly-hired nannies preparing them to meet your child’s needs from day one, and with long-time existing nannies.  The first day covers all aspects of food preparation and service, with a focus on selecting the best organic ingredients at the market, and maintaining hygienic work practices at all times. Day 2 is a “practicum”, where nannies prepare items from your unique menu file, and receive our comprehensive feedback. By the end of the second day, your nanny will have prepared many of the recipes in your menu file, and will have the training to easily prepare them all.  After we finish, your nanny is marc+mark certified.

One-Month Email Follow-Up

marc+mark’s Signature Nanny Service includes follow-up recipe and instruction advice via email for a period of one month, and a discounted rate for additional in-person consultations is offered. Emails sent before noon on weekdays will be responded to that day, and those sent after noon will be responded to the following business day.

Currently, the duo focuses on clients in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, but are available to travel to any location. For contact details, check our Little Black Book.

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Kimberly Varney

Kimberly draws on her 20+ years of Celebrity Real Estate Management experience with Hollywood A-Listers, World-class Athletes, and Fortune 500 CEOs to deliver exceptional service and exceed client expectations. Clients seek her expertise in buying properties, moving, hiring and training staff, and creating home management systems.

Currently serving the sports and entertainment industry working on the east coast, Kimberly’s focus is expert management of ‘on-location’ and transitional experiences for these high profile individuals. Working with Production Coordinators, Estate Managers, Agents, and Personal Assistants, she strives to make the relocation process, whether long term or short term, as painless as possible.

For those who chose to add a property to their portfolio, Kimberly serve as an owner’s representative in the design and renovation process and then can map out a successful management plan and put in place experienced staff to facilitate the new systems. Recent projects include a significant portfolio of historic and newly constricted estate properties ranging from 6,000 to 33,000 square feet, often with multiple support structures and extensive grounds.
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