Personal Chef Service with a French Flair!

Healthy vegan, macrobiotic, and living food options

Custom-designed meals in your home

Cooking classes, small caterings and parties

Macrobiotic consultation, acupuncture and Chinese medicine


    Serving the Asheville Area



From your kitchen to your table, no fuss, no cooking, no dishes to clean, no time spent at the grocery store . . . let me help you make your life easier and healthier. I cater to your needs with delicious meals for you and your family, guests, a dinner party or any small event you would like.

Or you might decide that you just want to refine your skills, reorganize your kitchen, or hold a cooking class!!!

You name the challenge, and I will find the solution.

Meet the Chef

Chef Didier Cuzange was born and educated in France; he has lived in America for the past 28 years. His cooking style is a blend of his experience here and abroad. Trained for 2 years in the culinary arts at the age of 16, Didier began his training in Paris at famous restaurants such as Maxim’s and Le Fouquet’s on the “Champs Elysees”.

Didier became vegetarian at the age of 18 and has been practicing a vegan and macrobiotic lifestyle since 2006.  He owned and worked as a chef at Frenchy’s Café, a French “creperie” located in Waynesville, NC.  He also worked as a chef for 18 years in a restaurant called “Lulu’s Café” in Sylva, NC, where he developed many vegetarian and vegan recipes.

For 4 years, until July 2011, Didier owned and operated a gluten-free, vegan and macrobiotic food service called “Changing Seasons”.  Didier and his wife, Dr. Liliane Papin, a Chinese Medicine doctor and teacher, set their goals to educate and provide services to enable people to make the transition from a meat and dairy oriented diet to a healthier and environmentally friendly plant-based diet.

“My goal is to help change the way people think about food and nutrition; to provide healthy, affordable, sumptuous, organically and locally grown vegetables; and to work with and through the community to provide a better environment.

“A whole food plant-based diet does not mean deprivation or boring or tasteless food. From the French tradition, I practice the exquisite and judicious marriage of spices and flavors from all over the world and an artistic approach to food. From the American tradition, I practice the freedom and creativity necessary to develop the love and full expression of my Art. From being vegan, I practice respect and compassion for all life. From the Macrobiotic tradition, I practice the beautiful Japanese simplicity and art of living and cooking in balance with my fellow beings and environment.

“What I offer to you is the continual refinement and search for perfection inherent in each and every one of us. My hope is that, through my food, you will become interested in making profound changes in the way you look at nutrition and the way it affects your health, your life and the world.”


from the comfort of your home!

How does it work?

  • I meet with you to assess your needs and preferences and plan the menu according to the services desired.
  • I do the shopping at the grocery store of your choice.
  • I bring the equipment needed to prepare the meals.
  • I use your kitchen, stove and refrigerator to prepare the food at a time that fits your schedule.
  • If needed, I package the meals, with instructions to reheat, and place them in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • I clean your kitchen back to the state in which I found it and take the garbage out.

What does “Changing Seasons” offer?

NEW for 2012:  Ask about Living Food options . . . a delicious array of live food:  patés, crackers, lasagna, falafel and more !

Convenience Service (serves 1 to 4 people)

  • $35 an hour, with as much food as I can prepare during the time allotted (2 hour minimum)
  • Includes beans, grains, specialty dishes, soups, salads, etc. – the choice is yours

Catering Service (small groups of 8 to 30 people only)

  • Also at the incredible price of just $35 an hour, plus food cost
  • The larger your group, the greater the savings!

Honeymooners or Anniversary Parties

  • 5 course meal designed with your preferences and ready to eat when you want
  • I can pick the best wines for you at no extra cost (for 2 to 8 people)
  • Only $150 for two people, plus food cost
  • $25 for each additional person

NEW:  Living Food Options (click here)

NEW:  Cooking Classes (in my kitchen)

  • Personalized and effective:  for those who want to transition to an organic, plant-based diet . . . or for those who want to refine their skills and knowledge
  • 3 hour minimum – $90 for 1 person, plus food cost
  • $25 for each additional person (4-person maximum)

NEW:  Personalized Combos (small changes, big results)

Our “Health Comes First” package:

  • A 2-hour nutrition consultation with Dr. Liliane Papin
  • A 3-hour cooking class with Didier, designed and focused around your specific health condition
  • Just $225 (a 15% saving over the usual $265 rate)

Our “Super Value” package:

  • A 2-hour nutrition consultation with Dr. Liliane Papin
  • A 3-hour cooking class with Didier, designed and focused around your specific health condition
  • Five private 1-hour Yoga classes with Didier . . . designed to help you develop your own home practice — safe, practical, increase flexibility, and develop deep breathing
  • Just $300


Custom-Made Desserts

  • Dairy-free . . . Gluten-free . . . Sugar-free !!
  • Pies . . . Cakes . . . Cobblers
  • Price varies depending on demand
  • Average price for a pie – $25
  • Average price for a cake – $35


  • My now famous recipes — prepared on demand only !
  • Minimum order of 24 cookies (one flavor) – $18
  • Possible flavors (made with rice syrup):
    • Peanut butter and chocolate nibs
    • Birds nest (filled with sugar free jam)
    • Walnut and carob chips
    • Orange poppy seeds
    • Grain coffee with carob chips or chocolate chips
    • Chocolate with chocolate chips


  • Menus below are just samplers to help you make some choices. Do not hesitate to ask for your favorite dishes if they are not listed. My specialty actually lies in making healthy versions of American, French or other national favorites:  Boeuf Bourguignon with tempeh instead of beef, onion soup or mac and cheese with mochi instead of cheese . . . all delightful and much healthier versions of those dishes we enjoy and do not want to relinquish because we associate them with cherished childhood memories or cultural traditions. It makes your journey to health pleasurable and familiar.
  • I only do plant-based dishes, as it is my personal commitment.
  • Any of the entrees and desserts can be made gluten free; just ask.
  • I do not use any sugar or artificial sweeteners in any of the food, so your choices are:  rice syrup, maple syrup, agave, coconut nectar or crystal, stevia.
  • Vegetables and fruits vary with the seasons; I recommend those that are in season, organic and preferably locally grown.
  • Sea vegetables can be added to any dishes; just ask.
  • I list only the main dishes. All suitable garnishes and extra choices will be discussed at the interview.
  • Tofu, tempeh, seitan can be added or used interchangeably in any dishes.
  • This is an eclectic menu, and choices include European, Mediterranean, Indian, Southwestern, Middle Eastern, etc.

Here are some of my most popular dishes:

  • Macaroni & cheese (subbed with Mochi)
  • Seitan or tempeh bourguignon
  • Sweet & sour tempeh
  • Vegetable fried rice (with tofu)
  • Tempeh Bolognese
  • Polenta pizza
  • Millet mashed potato with gravy
  • Tofu neat loaf with gravy
  • Kasha burgers with gravy
  • Millet patties with gravy
  • Middle Eastern plate (falafel, tabouleh, baba ganough)
  • Various curries
  • Also see my new Living Food options

Contact Information

Serving the Asheville area

Didier Cuzange, Changing Seasons . . . . . . 828-301-2178

Liliane Papin, Kwan Yin Medicine . . . . . . 828-258-1413

Address: 34 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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One response »

  1. wow!!!!!! i have just read your web site/blog….. it’s great. i will be trying the recipes right away…and even desserts …wonderful! i actually didn’t know this was available for us. thank you so much for taking the time to share all this terrific info …… karen pierre

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