Kudos & Reviews

Wondering how others feel about us? Read on and see how we stack up!

Voted one of Phoenix’s Top 25 Private Chefs, by Phoenix Entrepreneurs Magazine, August 2020

Thank you Phoenix for nominating us into Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley Top 10 Chef & Local Food Product for 2020

We may not have taken the prize this year, but we do appreciate the nominations!

Screen Shot 2020-05-24 at 12.13.45 PM VOTED TOP 2 of 10 FOR TASTEMAKERS LIST OF PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER 2020! TasteMakers.com

Customer Testimonials. . . 

“Chef Janette, You have been a huge game changer for me this season. I start my day with a scrumptious waffle sandwich and after a long days work it’s so nice to come inside and heat up one of your delicious dinners and then nibble on one of your heavenly desserts. From the bottom of my heart Janette, Thank You❤️ If anyone is need of a private chef to cater your special occasion look no further. She’s the real f’in deal. Everything is made from scratch and her flavor profiles are perfection. @thefigandtheknifeJ. Naughton, Scottsdale, AZ

“The first time I had your food I knew you were no joke!” {Instagram response after learning of Best of Valley 2020 Phoenix Magazine Nomination & TasteMakers Interview} M. McDonald, Phoenix, AZ

“I am crazy about them! found them at a farmers market in Phoenix and promptly fell in love with the guava and ginger BBQ sauce and everything else I sampled that day. I’m about to stock up and buy online for this quarantine!!” J. Rly. Pennsylvania

“I had a great (cooking class) experience, Janette the Chef/owner was very patient.  The food was outstanding and the instructions we took home we’re simple to understand, I plan on trying it at home.”   L. Gonzalez, Phoenix, AZ 

“Janette’s Spice Blends are the perfect kitchen accessory. The aromatic blends of spices perfectly compliment the dishes that I make in my home kitchen and for my clients. Her keen sense of balance of ingredients can literally take you to a country and experience a dish in its purest cultural form. I highly recommend Fig and Knife to compliment your endeavors.” R. Reino, Scottsdale, AZ

“I utilize Chef Janette’s hand crafted, artisan spices & sauces daily, in my own cooking at home. Her blends of aromatic seasonings are the only brand that use, as I know they are free from fillers, excess salt & cheap mystery ingredients. You can taste the love & mindfulness she puts into her work. 

The Fig & the Knife is the only brand I trust, as her hand ground blends take the guess work out of cooking. Everything is balanced yet robust & so incredibly flavorful, you’ll wonder why you ever bought anything else! 

My favorites include: Melba’s Cuban Mojo, Frida’s Flavors, Grateful Garden, Tune in Tokyo, Fig Fairy Dust & Friends, 7 layers, Artemisia THE Italian, Sunshine Sauce, Ninja Asian, & Janette’s Amazing “Green Sauce.” J. Mitchell, Phoenix, AZ

“I had a girls night at my home and decided as the only vegan of the group, I better be sure I have food that will impress my cautious friends. So, I hired The Fig & The Knife who catered a spread that both looked and tasted amazing. I was so proud of how it all turned out and everyone was impressed to realize we can have gorgeous, good, REAL food without the use of animal products.”  R. Kleiman, Scottsdale, AZ

“Chef Janette, a few words to thank you so much for catering our Thanksgiving Day meal for our family. The menu of Plant Base, Gluten-free, Vegan, Organic was amazing. We were able to keep our Thanksgiving Day traditions and our family had great food choices. The presentation of foods when it arrived was “too beautiful to eat”. Chef Janette, delivered all of the prepared food to our home. She made our Thanksgiving Day one of our most memorable ones.”  Thank you, D. Acuna & Family, Glendale, AZ

“I was lucky enough to come across The Fig and the Knife at my local farmer’s market. I could smell the amazing ingredients just walking by, WOW! Of course I had to stop as a foodie and explore. To be honest I am what’s called a lazy cook, I want it easy and quick without too much thinking.  As a vegetarian, I am all about using real, fresh, quality ingredients w/as little of the bad stuff as possible. Let’s face it, what you find at the grocery store is full of sugars/salts as fillers, no thank you.

I was very impressed with not only the quality of the ingredients in her products but also when you speak with Chef Janette you can feel the passion in what she is creating. I was so excited I bought 3 spices the very 1st time: 7 layers, El greco and Melba’s cuban mojo. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the el greco and 7 layers with all of my vegetable dishes, so fresh and so clean and delicious! I used the melba’s cuban mojo to try a vegan chili recipe I had seen her post on social media, WOW, my friends I had try it could not believe the chili I had made was even vegan! This stuff is flavorful.

I absolutely have tried almost all of her spices by this point and have loved everything I have tasted. As for sauces, the fig and apricot spread is Bomb and that Ninja dressing is magic! I hope to hire you for a future event soon chef Janette. Thank you so much for all of your insight & ideas on how to best use the products I have purchased from you. Looking forward to your upcoming creations.”  V. Fernandez, Phoenix, AZ

“I just love these products. I lack the training to identify as a chef, but have been called one by friends and family. I will, however, identify as an accomplished gourmet cook, as arrogant that may sound.

All that to say that I’m perfectly capable of creating my own spice blends. Sometimes I don’t want to bother and prefer to focus on the cooking. Janette’s blends allow me to do that. She has earned my trust as a fellow foodie who has a passion for the sublime finished product.

Picasso or Jerk yield delicious pork and chicken. Grateful Garden results in an incredible spatchcock roasted chicken. I even tried it in a coleslaw that had unique flavors.

My point is that you can count on Janette to do the heavy lifting with the blends and free up your own creativity for other aspects of the cooking process. She will not disappoint. Highly recommend!” C. Milkins, Phoenix, AZ

“The Fig and Knife flavor blends are clearly the creation of a Chef who understands how each spice and herbal component works to enhance the meals of cooks who want meals as tasty as the “pros.”

Take Me to Thailand is very mild and aromatic, adding asian nuance to rice, (including “riced” cauliflower), bulgar, couscous and asian noodles. Frida’s Flavors give a lift to hamburgers, grilled pork, pulled pork and carnitas. Add it to slow cooker beef roast with a can of green chilis and chopped onions for easy tacos and fajita meat.

My absolute favorite is the Jerk It 19! seasoning!  I generally do not cook with Jerk spice/herb blends because although I like spicey foods, many Jerk recipes are so HOT that the taste of the meat is hidden.  Not the case with Chef Janette’s Jerk seasoning blend—every bite smells and tastes like a visit to a beach-side café in the Caribbean: spicy and flavorful but not too fiery.   I combine the Jerk Seasoning with the salt when I dry-brine chicken breast before cooking: lightly salt both sides of chicken breast portions and refrigerate for 24 hours to make sure the moisture is stabilized inside before cooking. Any of the spice blends can be spread liberally on both side of the chicken breast (or thighs) prior to salting and refrigerating.

The Jerk seasoning is my choice as the flavor blend for chicken as an entrée, chicken salad with tropical fruit, stir fry and holds up well to grilling, roasting, and is perfect for meat cooked in the Instant Pot or air fryers.” C. McCklusky, Phoenix, AZ

More Customer Comments below . . .

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Priscilla Reinicke says:

    Janette creates magic with her fingers!! Every dish was bursting with flavor and made with love and care, but the star of the show for us was her honey + fig cheesecake. Truly incredible, and she took the time to present and explain everything. I felt truly appreciative and we all loved our meal. Thank you again!!

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  2. Kelley Murphy says:

    Janette’s food was amazing! Easy to communicate as well! Given COVID regulations, unfortunately she was unable to cook for us at our Airbnb, however she hand delivered food with re-heating instructions which was perfect! All of the bachelorette guests love the food and were even able to pick their main entrees! Would highly recommend to anyone in the area!


  3. Lauren long says:

    I definitely recommend any food or services from Chef Janette!! It was a 5 star experience for me! We had a bachelorette brunch and had Janette provide/make our food for our brunch and every part of the menu was a hit for all the girls. I had been planning this brunch for months and from the start Janette always responded promptly and very professionally. We had some strict diet restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. She was able to create an amazing menu even with those restrictions. There was some last minute changes right before the event on dietary needs and she went above and beyond to make some slight changes to the menu. Even though all the food was good, I especially liked the pumpkin caramel smoothies we had! It was a nice fall treat. Thanks again for everything!!


  4. Totally agree with all the 5 star reviews above! I would highly recommend Chef Janette and her outstanding services. We hired her for a bachelorette brunch and every single food item was AMAZING. Seriously – mouth is watering just thinking back to that morning. She was so easy to work with for all different dietary restrictions and customizes all of her menus. You will not be disappointed! (also with COVID going on – she was so great at making the cooking space and the entire experience a safe and distanced one). Definitely would hire her again in an instant if I get back in the area. Thank you for the perfect brunch + morning!


  5. Jessie says:

    We had such a fantastic experience with Janette! We booked a trip to Scottsdale for my bachelorette party and during COVID, were trying to limit our time at restaurants and being out and about. Having Janette come to our rental house to cook an amazing meal for us ended up being the perfect fit. She worked with me ahead of time to come up with a delicious Caribbean themed meal full of her family recipes and we all had more than enough to eat! She was lovely to work with, makes amazing food and even cleaned up after us which was an extra bonus! Thank you, Janette, for making our evening so memorable!


  6. Cyd & Justin says:

    We first met Chef Janette at the farmer’s market where we sampled her amazing spices and sauces (which make great gifts by the way). She let us know that she did home classes, so when it came time for our wedding, we registered a cash fund for cooking classes. We had an incredible time with a home cooking class. Chef Janette taught us great skills and flavors while also being fun (and so great to our dog!). We are definitely going to do this again. Thanks Janette!


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