Southern California Private Chef Services
Southern California Private Chef Services

Southern California Private Chef Services

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Introduction: See our website mentioned above for our current menu. PLEASE NOTE that we are currently unable to take events for less than 8 people on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until further notice. We cook great food so you can make great memories We offer a suite of private chef and full-service catering solutions, including individual dinner parties, brunches, weddings, and corporate events. Operating all over Southern California, we’re available from Santa Barbara to San Diego to Palm Springs. As the world begins to get back on its feet and we embrace the new normal, we’re all craving joyful moments with friends and loved ones. The most meaningful memories are made by gathering to break bread and commune through food, and we’re here to make your event thoroughly special with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ in Santa Barbara, a bachelorette party in Palm Springs, a corporate event in DTLA, or wedding catering services in Temecula, our team can provide chef services and host custom events with flavorsome menus for all occasions, large or small. Our Food Our menus showcase the finest local and international flavors. Featuring both elevated classic and experimental fusion recipes, our dishes range from simple to refined. Current menus feature three levels of classic and new American cuisines; Italian; Provençal; San Francisco/Paris Bistro; Vegan Vegetarian; and California Mediterranean flavors. We have BBQ feasts, Mexican celebrations, and restorative brunches (complete with ‘hair of the dog’ mimosas) – our customers adore these themed menus, and we have just as much fun designing and hosting them! We also publish a new menu to highlight the abundance of each season, focusing on the best produce our farms, ranches, dairy, and fish suppliers have to offer. Californian food is a feast for the senses, its seasons offering a profusion of colors, tastes, and aromas that revive the palate and soothe the soul. Vibrant beets, tangy rhubarb, woody chicory, and sweet clementines can be found amongst other local flavors we draw on for our dishes, inspired by the beauty of our golden state. Just looking for some nibbles for a cocktail party? We can provide an array of small-plate appetizers from our Rat Pack Cocktail Hour menu, perfect for mingling. Other choices are designed around standard four-course templates that can be customized, mixed, and matched across the various themes, ideal for a beautifully presented tasting selection. We’re more than happy to work with you to tailor plans for your specific needs. CTA: Browse Menus Personal Chef Services We prepare four and six-course meals based around a fusion of local and global dishes. From a dinner party to a morning brunch, to a days-long family reunion anywhere from Santa Ynez to Palm Springs, our tasty gourmet menus have you covered. Catering and Events We can organize, cook for, and deliver your large-scale catering events, from big weddings to corporate outings to Hollywood premieres. With the utmost professionalism – and the friendliest staff – we take pride in hosting occasions that will impress your guests. Our Farm-to-Table Ethos We specialize in global flavors using only high-quality Californian seasonal produce. If you’re looking for mouth-watering dishes from ethical sources, we’re the caterers for you. There is nothing more delicious than ingredients at their freshest; we can’t wait to see your guests fall in love with California’s bountiful harvest. Delectable Cuisine for Every Palate We cater for all specialized diets, whether you eat gluten-free keto, vegetarian, or vegan. Let us know your requirements and we’ll create a gorgeous customized menu for you. Memorable Event Hosting We’re a Southern California catering company with a difference. Many chefs can cook tasty food, but we know that’s just part of the picture. We not only serve exceptional menus, but our hosts, chefs, and servers know how to execute bookings with style, grace, and fun; and our events are known for their lively atmosphere and helpful staff.

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Kimberly W.

Personal Chef

We hired Chef Tim for a Bachelorette Party in Palm Springs and truly, with out a doubt, it was the best night of the whole weekend. He showed up and went straight to cooking while continued enjoying our afternoon. He prepared more food than us 7 girls were able to eat and it was absolutely delicious. He's extremely personable, made the night so much fun, and even gave the bride a beautiful toast to her weekend. He made the weekend memorable and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to hire a personal chef!
Oct 25, 2020
Gladys M.

Personal Chef

I cannot express how amazing Chef Tim is. I had a team offsite in LA for 25 people and he created a culinary experience like no other. In order to unify us through food, he created an around the world food theme, serving over 10 courses - each beautifully plated and served dim sum style throughout the evening. He is beyond professional, his team is impressive, and he is absolutely on fire with his jokes. My team had the best experience because of Chef Tim and we are forever grateful. Highly recommend working with him if you want to have that WOW factor and also enjoy elevated, delicious food.
Oct 9, 2021
George R.

Personal Chef

Chef Tim was the perfect addition to a special event. All went seamlessly. Very professional and friendly. He helped make a milestone birthday celebration even more memorable.
Aug 2, 2021
Deanna L.

Personal Chef

Chef Timothy exceeded our expectations! We chose him due to his experience with large groups and bachelorette parties. He arrived with plenty of time to get to know the space and set-up. While cooking, he was engaging with our group to ensure we had a great time. The food was outstanding! Would absolutely hire him again.
Jul 28, 2021
Mark-Allen Z.

Personal Chef

It was an amazing experience. The chef was on-time, organized, kind and the food was out of this world. Worth every penny
Jul 10, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Generally, pricing takes into account the number of guests, the amount of food required, all supplies and serve ware (should any be required), and any additional staff needed for the event.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Since I provide a full range of private chef services, from individual in-home parties to daily meals, taking the time to talk with the customer to fully understand their specific wants, needs, and dietary preferences and restrictions is vital. Then a custom menu is presented that both meet those needs and, hopefully, offers something new as well.

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

    I have spent over 25 years in professional kitchens throughout the San Francisco Bay area and cut my teeth the old fashioned way. My start was as a dishwasher working at a small restaurant. From there I was a prep cook, line cook, Sous Chef, Executive Sous Chef, and finally Executive Chef. I have experience in multiple food styles and cuisines.

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