Food Raconteur
Food Raconteur

Food Raconteur

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Introduction: Chef Ashok believe in tales, especially food tales and global food tales. There’s no such thing as a perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear. To make people happy. That's what cooking is all about. But to give pleasure, you should soak yourself in it. For me, it’s the satisfaction of cooking, communicating with my ingredients, my tools and my creations. My source of pleasure in cooking is respect for the food. Respect for food is respect for life for who we are and what we do.

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6 years in business

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  • Personal Chef - Saint Louis 2020

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

Exceptional 5.0

24 reviews


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Calvin Y.

Personal Chef

Guest -1. Chef was superb. 5 courses with desert. It was a gradual build-up starting at delicious and went up hill from there getting better and better, climaxing with an upside down pineapple cake that had no word to describe it. Guest-2. Chef was thoughtful and conscious when creating a wonderful menu to suit our personal tastes. We continued through the meal to be amazed at each course and the bold but subtle flavors he developed for each course. An amazing experience! Guest-3. I was a guest by default and was fortunate to be a part of their celebration. The food was fragrant as it was being prepared and just as favorable as it was being consumed. Awesome evening.
Jul 20, 2021
Lenise N.

Personal Chef

I hired Food Raconteur for my husband’s 40th birthday. I can’t express enough how good the food was. We loved it. Ashok is a great chef. His fusion dishes were amazing. He let my daughter help plate the desserts, which she loved. He also taught her about saffron and was very personable. I would definitely hire Food Raconteur again!
Feb 25, 2021
Mary B.

Wedding and Event Catering

Chef Ashok was absolutely amazing! Every bite was more delicious than the one before. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening. If you are lucky enough to experience an evening with Chef Ashok I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. The food, the presentation.....Wow!!!!
Mar 10, 2020
Maddi S.

Personal Chef

Excellent, excellent experience! The food was absolutely amazing. Chef Ashok was easy to work with. He was prompt, responsive and talented ! Looking forward to doing many more events with him
Food Raconteur's reply
Thanks a lot for kind words. Much appreciated.
Feb 15, 2020
Sanina B.

Personal Chef

This was the best experience ever. I hired this chef based on the reviews and his experience. This was for my boyfriends 40th birthday and the chef made this a night to forever remember. He was early, the food was splendid, he made us feel comfortable and he explained each dish. I will be hiring him again.
Food Raconteur's reply
thanks Sanina for kind words. much appreciated.
Feb 5, 2020
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Ashok Nageswaran


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The pricing is purely based on the menu and ingredients and Chef s time and varies from case to case. The cost normally comprises of three elements food cost ( menu planning, buying, preparation), Chef Charges and transportation charges. If the client wants a help in the event/ bartender there would be additional charges.

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

    No Menu and no customer are the same. Each menu is uniquely designed based on the needs of the customer, nature of the event and the guests profile. We enjoy discussing the process with the customer about the event, their favorite cuisine/ food and come out with a menu which is unique every single time. We believe in a wonderful gastronomic experience to the customer. Once the menu is finalized we make a visit to the guests place to do a inspection and then we execute the event.

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

    Chef Ashok will delight you and your friends with this custom designed, Modern Fusion Cuisine. Chef Ashok is a certified culinary professional who graduated from the world’s oldest culinary school Le Cordon Bleu with high honors and distinction. He has gained a specialty experience in Spanish cuisine from Spain working with chefs from Michelin starrers in Bilbao and San Sebastian. An experience with Ritz Carlton and its restaurants allowed him to explore new concepts and new style dining. Working with Top French Chefs and with the top Italian restaurants in Australia has taught him the art of perfection and culinary discipline which he practices. Ashok enjoys themed fusion dinners which is a first of its kind in St louis, hosting culinary classes, food tours and has live sessions on many social media platforms and contributes to many culinary magazines. He is also the associate partner for plattershare one of the largest social media platform for home chefs. He also is an auditor for reviewing restaurants and also hosting interview sessions with Top Michelin Chefs.

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