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Chef Dave Mau

Private Chef In Orange

4.9/ 5
Chef Dave Mau

Get to know me better

Chef, culinary commentator, writer and lover of all things food.

My cuisine is a fusion all on its own; there is absolutely no pretense to my culinary style. I cook for the best of reasons: love for people, friendship, and the magic that happens over a few bottles of wine with just the right folks. I firmly stand by my mantra: “good company is the best ingredient and pretense make a lousy garnish

My kitchen experience is formed around being puro Californio, my indigenous ancestors go back before the Spaniards arrived and the European side sailed from France to settle Sonoma in the 1850s. Those roots run deep in ancestry and attitude. My palate reflects that and draws from Americana, Regional Mexican, Mediterranean, Moroccan, and even aspects of Vietnamese. The West Coast experience is in my blood and the purest expression of that for me is via the plate and pen. I also have a gritty, sentimental side that I pour onto each preparation. Every dish has a story and that story deserves to be told.

I pride myself on being super easy to work with. Food should be fun and I think good company makes for the very best of ingredients. As a writer I love to talk about cuisine and restaurant culture, it’s a passion of mine to create a narrative for my guests. Most of all I like to craft memories as well as dishes, let’s have a meal to remember!

I was forged in the trenches of the Orange County music scene and over the campfires of the High Sierra, my talents need no introduction to those familiarized with private chefs in Orange County, when I wasn’t providing 3 a.m. feedings to hungry musicians, I was working summers at Vermillion Valley Resort and High Sierra Pack Station for cowboys, hikers and anyone who crossed my path.

I currently write for the OC Weekly, as Executive Chef for Proof and Copper in Austin, Texas, and Solana on Abbot Kinney in Venice, I’ve handled the concepting and rollout for each location. In 2018 I started with the culinary team at The ACE Hotel and Swim Club and I also launched my restaurant/media cooperative “The DXM Group”, with a select group of collaborators.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Orange.


I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Orange. You name it!

Full-time Chef

A longer stay in Orange? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!

Culinary Consultancy

Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Orange.

Chef Dave's reviews

4.9/ 5

Chef Dave was great. This meal was the highlight of my bachelorette weekend. Delicious food and he had a great personality.

Pooja Shrikumar Nair - Jan 22 2023

4.8/ 5

Great experience with Chef Dave! He was very personable and taught us a few great tips and tricks!

Andrea - Jul 25 2022

5/ 5

I'd you are thinking about booking Dave to be you chef DO IT!! You will be happy you did. He's amazing. The food was perfect. I will definitely be booking with him again. BEST FOOD EVER!!

Shantel - Jul 19 2022

5/ 5

Chef Dave was spectacular and accommodated all of our parties request and dietary preferences!

Kathy - Jul 19 2022

5/ 5

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