A Little Bit About Owner and Executive Chef Marita Lynn
Born in Lima, Peru, Marita Lynn got her start as a gourmet chef early in life. She grew up in a family that entertained frequently — and with gusto — which inspired Marita to try her hand at the culinary arts when she was only 14. She still remembers the flutter of excitement when she presented her first ceviche to her family.
After she and her family moved to the U.S., Marita decided to professionally pursue her life’s passion and attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she graduated with high honors. She then trained and worked at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants, including Jean Georges, Daniel Boulud’s Feast and Fetes Catering, The Ryland Inn, and The Bernards Inn in New Jersey.
Marita Lynn discovered her calling in creating the whole experience surrounding her gourmet cuisine, and she founded her full-service event planning and catering company in 2004. Marita Lynn Catering has been providing exquisite cuisine and service to private and corporate clients in New York and New Jersey ever since.
In addition to her roster of high-profile clients, Marita Lynn cooked during the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as part of the American Pavilion, and participated in Share Our Strength’s “Taste of the Nation.”
A proponent of healthy, organic foods, Marita Lynn uses wholesome, green-friendly foods in her gourmet catering – a true rarity in the catering world. Her insistence on using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients is one of the cornerstones of her company.
With a desire to share her culinary roots and introduce a little Peruvian flair to her cuisine, Marita also offers a menu that exclusively features her favorite Peruvian gourmet cuisine.
In 2013, Marita Lynn made a life dream a reality when she opened RUNA Peruvian Cuisine in downtown Red Bank. Since opening her doors less than a year ago, RUNA Peruvian Cuisine has been featured in Examiner.com The Star Ledger, Industry Magazine, The Two River Times and Jersey Bites. RUNA Peruvian Cuisine allows her to share her love traditional Peruvian cuisine featuring exceptional produce in an intimate setting with diners.