Chef Derek Barragan
Chef Derek Barragan

Chef Derek Barragan

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Introduction: 17+ years of experience in the fine dining industry as a chef and ready to share my vast knowledge base and expertise to you with cooking classes or preparing a unique menu for your next gathering. Our travel area is 50 miles of 78664, anything further will incur a travel fee.
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Current Top Pro

Hired 270 times

Serves Round Rock, TX

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2 employees

19 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Square cash app, and Zelle.

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2020

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2021

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

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Reviews

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

Exceptional 5.0

169 reviews

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Sasa V.
Feb 28, 2022
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Wow! This was such a hit. They catered our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Everything was fresh and hot after we did our rehearsal run through. Our guests were rubbing their bellies all night long saying how great the food was. I would highly suggest a taco bar and the smoked brisket was scrumptious! We had leftovers for days. They were so professional and the service and open communication were stellar. Ten out of ten would recommend for any event. We had 35 for our rehearsal and 95 for our wedding ceremony.

Details: Wedding • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Breakfast or brunch • Non-alcoholic drinks • Coffee or tea • Mediterranean or Middle Eastern • American - Southern • Mexican or Latin American • Barbecue • Food stations • Yes, full service • Outdoor venue • Yes, partial kitchen (fridge and sink only) • 90 - 99 guests • Plates, utensils and glasses • Serving and warming equipment • Paper napkins • Standard (basic ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Daiana F.
Aug 20, 2022
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We had the absolute pleasure of having Chef Derek and Niki cook a dinner for our group for my sisters bachelorette weekend. Prior to the event, they provided a menu and were receptive to any changes we had to the menu and timing of the event. The food smelled and tasted SO good! They came out and described each plate to us when they served it and made sure we had enough to eat :) I would highly recommend them if you’re looking for private chef!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Mexican / Latin American • Italian • Southern • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Keneyá E.
May 30, 2022
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If you are looking to have a private event catered, definitely choose Chef Derek. They curated a beautiful 4-course dinner for a bachelorette dinner I planned. 10 women total and all of them loved the food. One person said it was the best Mac and cheese she’d ever had! Each course was delicious. Chef Derek is the ideal private chef - punctual, adaptable, clean, helpful and really good at what he does. He and his team arrived on time, they accommodated some last minute dietary restrictions, they cleaned the kitchen to look even better than before they arrived! They were efficient and definitely a team to hire. More than worth. Great value and great quality. It was the quintessential ending to our weekend.

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - casual • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Sharon B.
May 10, 2022
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Chef Derek and Niki catered our backyard birthday bash for 30+ people, and the experience was wonderful! They were prompt, professional, and the food was all delicious. We had appetizers and a taco bar with green chili chicken and ground beef choices. Everyone enjoyed the food so much, asked for recipes, and came back for 2nds and 3rds. We had enough left over as well to make the BEST breakfast tacos in the morning too. Highly recommend!!

Details: Birthday or anniversary party • Dinner • Mexican or Latin American • American - casual • Barbecue • Family style • Yes, full service • Outdoor venue • Yes, full kitchen • 20 - 29 guests • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups • Serving and warming equipment • Standard (basic ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Kristen O.
Apr 8, 2022
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We had Chef Derek cater an assortment of hors d'oeuvres for our wedding welcome party. The food was amazing and there was plenty to go around for everyone! I would certainly book Chef Derek again!

Details: Outdoor event • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • American - casual • Mexican or Latin American • Asian • Barbecue • Small bites • Yes, full service • Outdoor venue • No kitchen • 80 - 89 guests • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups • Paper napkins • Serving and warming equipment • Standard (basic ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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FAQs

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

    Pricing varies per event.

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

    We have a few questions we ask all new questions to be understand the needs of the group that are vital to the menu prep process.

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

    Graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas in 2004 17+ years of experience in the fine dining atmosphere

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