My 'junior clients'
Michael Jackson hired Chase as his family's chef without meeting her -- based on the recommendation of Prince, Paris and Blanket, she testified.
She first met with her "junior clients" in the kitchen of the rented Los Angeles mansion where they were living while Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts.
The interview involved a discussion of "everything from food to video games," she said. "They wanted to make sure I knew healthy food."
"'We eat healthy," Chase said the children told her. "We don't eat any beef or pork. Daddy likes apricots, we like fruit and Blanket likes mangoes."
"It just felt like this was a place I needed to be," Chase said. "It was a beautiful beginning."
Dining with Daddy
Meals were "their time to bond," Chase said. "This was his time with them privately."
Chase -- a graduate of the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Paris -- would set the table with a different theme for each lunch, featuring recipes from different countries, so the children would learn something while eating.
"One day we would have east Indian food," she said. "We would discuss what part of India we were eating from."
The children looked forward to "comfort food Saturdays" -- which might include fried chicken -- to break up the monotony of healthy eating, she said.
Michael Jackson was "very much into Mexican" and his favorite meal was vegan tacos, she said. The Jackson lawyers showed jurors a photo of the dish Tuesday.
April: 'A good feeling of love'
Music echoing through the Carolwood Drive mansion was a mix of Disney, Rolling Stones, David Bowie and classical, Chase said. Fireplaces stayed burning despite the warm temperatures outside. "It was a good feeling," Chase testified.
Animals roaming through the home included a chocolate lab named Kenya, cats Katie and Thriller, a rabbit and a talking bird who would "whistle when pretty girls go by," Chase said.
Prince had a pet rat he carried around, while Paris would host tea parties in her backyard doll house for the animals. The dog would jump in the pool with the kids when they swam on Saturdays, Chase said.
The children would "run to him like lighting" when their father came home from a rehearsal," she said. "They would hang on him. It would bring tears to my eyes."
Jackson would play games with the children and read to them at the end of the day, she said. "His personality with his children was warm and loving."
Jackson was "a disciplinarian when it was needed," she said. The children had to be in bed at a certain time and school started on schedule.
Jackson made sure school work was "interactive" for his children, including one science project for Paris that involved a night time hunt for snails, Chase said.
"So far we have a daddy snail, but we don't have a mommy and a baby snail," Paris told Chase one evening. That triggered a snail hunt around the mansion grounds, she said.
"I didn't know how he would feel about his daughter and me out snail hunting at night," she said, "but he was fine."
Jackson joined them in constructing a snail farm in glass vases on the kitchen counter.
'Box of Happiness'