Personal/Private Chef/Instructor

Personal/Private Chef/Instructor

102 employees

About this pro

I am a restaurant owner and have cooked professionally as a chef in over 500 private residences in many different capacities in many states and countries.  I have personally cooked for three U.S. Presidents in private homes as well as countless other dignitaries.  I am now a non-managing owner of a multi-million dollar 15,000 square foot restaurant in Petaluma, CA. I love all type of food I specialize in specializing.  I embrace and am truly facinated by all types of cuisines and dietary restrictions.  

I have been instructing/training cooks in almost every aspect of the food and beverage industry for over 25 years.  Cooking for friends and family is my true passion in life.  I have hands on experience and a true understanding in almost every type of cuisine.  I have done everything from being the executive chef in a four-star Japanese restaurant to managing food concessions and all special events/parties at Sonoma Raceway for Nascar.   I can teach you how to shop, grow vegetables , entertain guests, and much more than just cooking.  I am  an experienced party planner with over 25 years  of professional hands on experience. I am a 25 year San Francisco’s resident/home owner with 4 healthy eating children.  My kids ask for salad instead of french fries when we go out for burgers and it blows peoples minds!  Mine too!  My Mother is a French Native so I grew up and embraced fine food culture.  I have cooked in private homes for Steve Jobs, Alice Waters, and many more.  I was an on-site chef for one of the best catering companies in the nation for over seven years.  I love teaching my passion and am a very eazy going guy.  I am very comfortable in peoples homes and have only EXCELLENT references.  My favorite thing in life is feeding friends and family.  

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San Francisco, CA 94122
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Telephone interview.  Call me and we can discuss your personal goals.  You can text/email if that is what you prefer.  I am an eazy going guy personable guy.  I can help you work out your goals with just one simple phone call.   

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

This might sound a bit pretentious but I honestly know how to cook almost everything.  I am 47 years old and I started cooking in a four-star hotel when I was 15 years old as a line cook at the Sonoma Mission Inn in the wine country.  I was doing cooking classes at the age of 18 for groups of 20 plus people.  I can write recipes like Stephan Curry can win championships.  I have done lots of teambuilding classes for techies and we all had a blast everytime.  I don't need expensive ingredients to make a fantastic meal and I can teach you how.  I love diet restrictions.  Vegan diets are very fun for me as I love to grow vegetables and like to cook food that tastes like what it is.  Gluten-free should not be torture nor should any other special needs diet. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I can work with whatever you have in mind.  I love large group lessons as much as one-on-one. The more the merrier.  Bring all your foodie friends and we will have a blast and enjoy learning and cooking together as a group.  My minimum depends on how far away you live from San Francisco 94122.  Standard rates start at $75 per hour not including travel time.  I charge standard rates driving out of San Francisco County limits @ 53.5 cents per mile both ways.  

How did you get started teaching?

My passion for food and my love for human interaction.  

What types of students have you worked with?






-Staffing Agencies


-Bar/Restaurant owners

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A fund raiser I did in the wine country that earned a lot of money for a great cause.  It was a served sit-down dinner that consisted of

Chilled Pea soup with Maine Lobster, cuccumber, and fresh mint

Scottish Salmon wrapped in potato crust

Braised Sonoma lamb shanks

I did a cooking demo for the passed appetizers.  Shrimp scampi three different ways and a banannas foster demo for dessert - per request.

Everybody had a blast and I was offered a job at the winery!  We raised a lot of money for our cause.  This was in conjunction with Justin Sienna High School and Bolt Staffing Service.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Relax and lets have fun learning how to cook.  I have a lot of experience and I love what you want to learn so lets get busy taking the mystery out of cooking together.  I will see your strenghts and weaknesses and we will work on them together.

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Lessons offered

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