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Well rounded award winning professional chef/consultant that's worked all over the world for decades
Chef Alan is a 4-diamond award-winning chef, you can find him designing innovative specialized menus and kitchens for restaurants and movie theatres while consulting and researching throughout the world.
Chef Alan served as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles, and also became the first American chef to serve at the French Consulate in the city. Chef Alan also participated as a member of the reopening task force for The Shelbourne on St. Steven’s Green, a European 5-star grand hotel in Dublin.
Alans' secret in the kitchen is layering flavors with proper techniques and improvisation. His passion for food also pushed him to write a book called "The Garlic Manifesto" and is shopping his manuscript "Home Cooking'- The stories behind the food. Personal profiles on great home cooks with their favorite recipes. Think Studs Terkel meets Julia Child.
For me, cooking is...
My life's passion and motivating force. I've sought it out and worked in Japan, Zurich, Dublin, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Vancouver...
I learned to cook at...
Old style, on the job amongst top European professionals in a brigade system.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Any food that I find delicious from anyone that cooks it.
A cooking secret...
Layering flavors with proper techniques and improvisation
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Chicago.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Chicago. You name it!
A longer stay in Chicago? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Chicago.
Alan's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Alan's reviews
Chef Alan elevated out evening with friends by creating a personalized menu with wine parings. Food and presentation was extraordinary. He was also professional, polite, punctual, and very easy to work with. Would highly recommend
John Miller - Sep 12 2022
Chef Alan was really great. He was very amenable to menu changes and dietary restrictions. The food looked excellent and tasted incredible. Highly recommended!
Raveet Phull - May 18 2022
I can't recommend Chef Alan enough.
I booked a night with Take A Chef for our engagement and it was absolutely spectacular!
The food was amazing, conversation was fun, we listened to his music, got his favorite Chicago restaurant recommendations, and had a fabulous time. My fiancé loved it as well, the night was relaxing and intimate – exactly what she wanted.
If you're considering booking Chef Alan, do it.
Mitch Masia - Mar 08 2022
Chef Alan Lake was great. Very interesting and good conversationalist, excellent food. Over all a very enjoyable experience. Would recommend and repeat in the future.
John Mitko - Mar 02 2022
Book your experience with Chef Alan
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.