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Experienced Executive Chef from high-end celebrity rehabs in Malibu. 13+ years. Great personality and perfect for all aspects of private chef work.
Experienced Executive Chef from high-end celebrity rehabs in Malibu.
Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena in 2005. I have over 3 years of restaurant experience early in my career. In my role as Executive Chef at The Canyon, Malibu, for 12 years, I was essentially working as private chef for 10 to 16 discerning clients, while managing every aspect of the food/kitchen department, including menu selection and my personal gourmet cooking, the hiring and management of other chefs, budgeting, planning holiday parties (150+ guests), ordering, collaborating with other facility departments, etc. My highly-varied, multi-cultural menus reflected the best cuisine across the globe with a healthy theme as this location offered an organic kitchen with flavor and health at the focus.
In my early thirties, I am very energetic and fit. My food preparation and execution is flawless; I work clean, have incredible knife skills, and plate for eye-appeal. My calm personality, organizational skills, and ability to delegate responsibilities have earned me the respect of clients and coworkers alike. After the devastating Malibu fires in 2018, I was approached by the Beach House Treatment Center and completely revamped their entire food program, serving as Executive Chef through 2020. Pertinent to my Private Chef experience, I worked for 12 years as weekly private chef for Lawrence Bowman, of Venice Beach. In addition, I have worked alone as well as in collaboration with other chefs in the Los Angeles area for the last 15 years, for such varied events as weddings, pre-wedding parties, extravagant art galleries, galas, benefits, and more.
My @smokintailofficial Instagram is a combination of my pursuits as an angler and my spectacular seafood plates.
Functional bilingual: Spanish.
For me, cooking is...
Everything! I’ve been cooking professionally since I was a teenager. I love being a chef! Who I am and my career are absolutely inseparable.
I learned to cook at...
Restaurant kitchens in Los Angeles, including 2007 Zagat award-winning Leilas, in Oak Park. And Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena graduate 2005
A role model in the kitchen is...
A combination of the best aspects of chefs I have both worked with and watched from afar throughout my life.
A cooking secret...
Understanding the WHY of every technique. Not just the how, or the what, but the why… in every step. That, and balancing flavor.
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 Houston.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Houston. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Houston.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Houston.
Gabriel'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 Gabriel's reviews
Chef Gabriel was fabulous! He was easy to work with and very professional.
Shaun Castillo - Jan 12 2022
Our experience with Chef Gabe was beyond our expectations! Who knows what you're actually going to get when you google private chefs. He was communicative and accommodating with every request I made for the menu, making sure everything was exactly to our tastes, and the portions were generous. When he and his wife arrived, they were fun and engaging and we felt comfortable to still be ourselves. The food tasted AMAZING. All 6 in our group declared it the best sushi we've ever eaten! I would hire Chef Gabe again in a heartbeat!
Erin - Nov 18 2021
Chef Gabriel was fantastic! He prepared a great menu and was a hit at our party! Would highly recommend!
Lindsay Day - Oct 11 2021
Chef Gabriel was amazing! We could not recommend him enough, he was very professional and made some of the best dishes that we have ever had. His ability to work around some food preferences and adjust as needed was greatly appreciated. He was personable and easy to talk to, but we also felt like we could do our own thing and let him create in the kitchen. Chef Gabriel exceeded our very high expectations and helped make a night we'll always remember!
Eric R Smith - Mar 06 2021
Book your experience with Chef Gabriel
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.