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Chef Rene Helit
Chef Rene Helit

Chef Rene Helit

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Introduction: I am Chef Rene Helit and I am from Guam, but currently cooking it up in ATX! I started my private chef business in the beginning of 2020. I have been in the culinary field for 8 years and still going! I enjoy cooking for guests and love to hear about what they like or enjoyed about it. I do meal plans, private dinners, and small in-home parties. I get in touch with my clients to know what type of foods they like, their allergies, their diet, and whatever I need to know to understand their flavor profile. If you are into fitness, I can provide you nutritional macros to go along with my custom made recipes just for you! Allow me to give you a memorable experience or be there for you home cook meals. Always. If you have any questions please email me or check out my website. Do you know anyone interested in chef's cooking services? For every successful weekly referral, you get a 25% OFF Private Dinner to use! ​

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Hired 15 times

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1 year in business

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Jan - Jun

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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

Exceptional 5.0

22 reviews


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Jennifer B.

Personal Chef

Chef Rene is everything you want in a personal chef—talented, professional, responsive, punctual and most importantly he makes delicious healthy food with big flavour. Thank you, Chef Rene!
Chef Rene Helit's reply
Thank you for the opportunity Jennifer! Happy to cook for you all in the future again once you all travel back to here in ATX!
Mar 8, 2021
Eli A.

Personal Chef

Our family wanted to have a personal chef for 2 nights a week and meal prep. Chef Rene was very responsive and super flexible in what we needed. Our lives are chaotic and always changing and he is doing a great job at adapting for us.
Chef Rene Helit's reply
Happy to be cooking for your family! Gladly cooking for you all every week!
Sep 4, 2020
Louis D.

Personal Chef

Chef Rene was our first in home private chef experience. We hosted another couple for a casual, fun, kid free dinner party. Chef was great with communication and knew exactly the right questions to ask me as I really didn't know where to start with curating a menu for us and what the vibe of the evening was to be. After a few messages back and forth, chef presented a few different options for our menu. We collaborated and locked the menu down. The whole process was easy yet detailed. The cost was very reasonable. The night of, Chef arrived at the arranged time and was polite, friendly, professional and cordial. Within an hour of his arrival our home smelled amazing and I knew we were in for an amazing culinary experience. Chef brought everything, and was very conscience of social distancing and cleanliness, all we needed to do was have a clean kitchen, empty dishwasher and counter space. He used our stovetop and oven. He had our first course ready and plated at the exact time we had arranged. He served us and described each course, answered any questions we had, and left us to enjoy the course. He then cleared the plates, plated the next course and the night progressed. The food was absolutely amazing. It looked and tasted unbelievable! The courses complimented each other yet stood alone on their own. One of the greatest benefits of the night was my wife's surprise when she went into our kitchen and realized it was even cleaner than before Chef arrived. Our dishwasher was running and the sink was empty. Such a treat when you have 2 young kids and the dishes, cleaning battle is always a battle. We pretty much booked Chef for our beginning of Summer party right then and there. I can't recommend him highly enough. THANKS CHEF RENE!
Chef Rene Helit's reply
Thank you for the awesome review Louis! I am happy ya'll enjoyed the meal and glad to have cook for you. Until the next time I cook for you, mahalo & aloha!
Feb 27, 2021
Brad Y.

Personal Chef

Chef Rene helped us have an amazing 40th birthday dinner. He was exceptional from the get-go! Very responsive and wonderful to work with. He came up with an island inspired seafood menu after a quick discussion about likes and. dislikes. The menu looked incredible and the meal was absolutely amazing! All 5 courses were top notch. He’s very well organized, let himself in to help with the surprise, served a 5 star meal and then, after quick conversation and getting to know him a little better, loaded the dishwasher and let himself out. Pampering at its finest. We absolutely cannot recommend Chef Rene highly enough.
Chef Rene Helit's reply
So happy you both enjoyed! It was my pleasure to help create a memorable surprise and an awesome menu for you both to indulge in. I appreciate giving you both a flare of my own culture into the menu. Let’s plan one again in the future, thank you! 👨🏻‍🍳
Jan 16, 2021
Linda H.

Personal Chef

I hired Chef Rene to come to our VRBO house in Wimberley. We rented it for the weekend to celebrate a friend's birthday. There were 6 women. Chef Rene worked with me to come up with a menu of shareable dishes for a birthday dinner last Saturday night. I asked Rene to share some of his previous menus and recipes with me and he graciously gave me tons of options. We also had a gluten free, dairy free friend in our group and although I didn't need the entire meal to be GF and DF, I wanted a good portion of it to be so our friend could enjoy it with us. Rene adapted recipes to work that those restrictions. He arrived on time, wearing a mask, and having provided me with a picture of his temperature taken that morning, brought everything with him, and quietly prepared a lovely dinner for us which was laid out on the table at the scheduled time. He said he had extra carrots on hand so her cooked up a roasted carrot and cilantro soup (not included in the menu) which was delicious. We had cucumber hummus bites, Filipino Lumpia Egg Rolls, Chicken and Shrimp skewers with mango salsa, orange ginger sesame seed salad, and peppers stuffed with a sweet potato veggie mixture. I do not normally write reviews, but everything was absolutely delicious. I worried beforehand whether I ordered the right amount of food, and if the dishes would be stingy and small, but we had a ton of food and wonderful leftovers. I have never hired a chef before and I didn't want someone with a big ego and snobby personality and Chef Rene was none of those things. I highly recommend him to anyone in the Austin/San Marcos area if you would like to have a special meal in your home. Best part is that he and his assistant cleaned up everything so that there wasn't a thing we needed to do afterwards. We all couldn't even choose which was our favorite dish. They were so tasty and well seasoned, a treat for the tastebuds and beautifully presented. Rene is a young chef and eager to please and I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Chef Rene Helit's reply
This is such an amazing review! Linda, I am happy to have serve you and the ladies for an awesome celebration! It was fun and great to hear how much you all enjoyed each dish as you took bites. I hope to cook for ya'll in the future again! Thank you!
Dec 11, 2020
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Rene Bautista Helit Jr


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

    Current Discounts can be viewed on my profile introduction. Prices vary and can be viewed on my website. Meal Preps: $200-$500 Private Dinners: $125+ Per Person Small In-Home Parties: $400-$2500

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

    I start with a questionnaire to be filled out so I can understand the client's likes, dislikes, allergies, diets, and whatever I need to create the right menu or recipe. Next is the Menu/Recipe development and I will get in touch with my clients to assure they have best possible menu for them for their occasion or for their meal plans. A 50% deposit will be addressed. Book a date for the appointment and I will get my ingredients fresh on that day on my way to the client or hosts' home where I will use their kitchen to prep, cook, and put a way the food. The final part is the clean up after my service! Then comes the final payment and feel free to tip!

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

    I have an Associate of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts. I am ServSafe Certified and have Food & Beverage Manager Certificate. I have been in the culinary field since 2012 and I am still cooking it up! My classical training comes from high school and college when I was in Guam. I did few savory, and more pastries when I was back home. 2016 I took a job for Norwegian Cruise Line where I focused all aspects of savory and hot foods which made me develop more into a hot side chef. I came to Austin, TX in 2018, got a chef position then I left to start my own private service!

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