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Chef Guillermo Hellmund

Private Chef In Los Ángeles

4.9/ 5
Chef Guillermo Hellmund

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My cooking is passionate and fun yet grounded Classic in technique.

Although I was born in Austin, Texas, I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. So it's no surprise that my love of food would start with my own roots. I moved back to the United States when I was 15 years old and started working in restaurants soon after.

As a young chef I found myself living in different cities on the East Coast in places like Miami Beach, New York City, Boston and Houston. I worked in an array of different professional kitchens. Working for notable chefs, such as Norman Van Aken and Jonathan Mortimer; Master Chefs, and both James Beard Award winners.

Chef Aken and Chef Mortimer helped to shape my appreciation for important classic techniques, building flavor and using texture & temperature. But, above all they taught me that great food and incredible dishes come from "letting fresh & natural ingredients speak for themselves" and most importantly using correct technique.

My experiences abroad have given me a rare opportunity to learn about culture and food from the point of view of the dining room as well as the back of the house. From incredible 8 course dinners at Le Cirque 2000 in NYC to a simple roasted chicken in L'Ami Louis in Paris, France. Dinning in a secluded mountain restaurant in Segovia, Spain for their specialty "lechon" and studying in Leysin, Switzerland where the best entrecote and pommes frites were gladly our daily lunch.

I have had the incredible experiences like skippering a 40 ft Sailboat in the British Virgin Islands, scuba diving all around the Dutch Antilles wonderful island reefs, as well as awesome motocross tour thru the dunes of Utah, Idaho and Baja California.

My wife Amy and I live in Marina Del Rey with our fluffy Pekingese (I.M. Pei). We moved to California in 2009 from Boise, Idaho. We are avid golfers and snow skiers and sail as much as we can. Our dream one day would be to follow the snow all around the world and go heli-skiing all year for one year.

I am driven to serve. As the Ritz Carlton Company moto says "we are ladies and gentlemen, serving ladies and gentlemen".

Serving a family with the highest standard takes integrity, discretion, urgency, patience, and hustle. Serving a family well takes a certain amount of real world savvy, street smarts and a life well lived with rich personal life experiences.

Lastly, a great Private Chef has to have a personal style that translates directly into those extraordinary touches that create the ageless style and comfortable elegant feeling that only a detailed and well managed estate can have.

I hold these qualities as the road-map to my success and continue to learn new qualities that help me to serve at the highest standard of care for the families I work for.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Full-time Chef

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

Cooking Classes

Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Los Ángeles.

Cooking Show

Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Los Ángeles.

Culinary Consultancy

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

Chef Guillermo's reviews

4.9/ 5

Fun, engaging and attentive to our needs. Great presentation, great food, great chef! I would hire him again! My friends and I had a great time. Thank you again, Chef Guil :)

Michelle - Aug 04 2022

4.3/ 5

I can't say thank you enough for Chef Guillermo! My boss came to LA and I wanted to provide him special Lunch for him and his family in there vacation home. When I talked about the situation, Chef Guillermo described the menu right away to make them really feel the LA vibe! He came on time and cooked the great food as well as cleaned kitchen as it was before! As an Executive Assistant, it's very important to select something all the time. As soon as I had a coversation, I knew I had to hire him!!! My choice wasn't wrong at all and I will arrange next booking for sure with Chef Guillermo! Absolutely recommended to hire him for your special occasion!

Connie Roh - Jul 22 2022

5/ 5

Chef Gill was perfection! He endured many special requests on an ongoing basis and never failed to be utterly professional and eager to meet my needs. Chef prepared a special Father’s Day dinner and it was everything I wanted and more. The guests plan to hire him for their future events. BRAVO!

Melissa Katz - Jun 22 2021

5/ 5

Chef Gil was absolutely amazing. We’ve been around the world to many luxurious homes, including those with in-housestaff (chefs, butlers, etc.) and Chef Gil’s service to us exceeded that of anything we’ve received anywhere else. I rented a beautiful Malibu beach house for the week as a surprise for my wife and family to celebrate our 23rd anniversary and Chef Gil really helped make every meal and event special, as well as helping with so many other details. From the very start, he took detailed notes and was very particular to get all of the details perfect. When we arrived at the house, the rose petals were on the bed, the champagne was on ice, the food was cooking and everything was rolling right ahead. Anytime anything was needed, he was right on it - and far beyond just cooking. The VRBO location didn’t have beach chairs… no problem, they appeared the next day, courtesy of Gil. Blanket since the CA weather was a little chilly? Done. Anytime there was an unforseen bump, a way was found to solve it. Just about the time that we’d be in the mood for some snacks, Gil would appear with some snacks in hand. When it was time for drinks, he’d just “know” and be right there. He also has a very friendly and great personality. We also had an awesome chartered helicopter trip later in the week that landed on a skyscraper for a surprise meal at the top. Chef Gil came along and I was amazed at how Gil transformed a rather plain standup table into a fine dining experience in no time at all and we all had a super and memorable time. Always thinking ahead, Gil even rode on his motorcycle separately to get to the FBO to help make the surprise complete. And last but not least, all of the food Gil cooked was fantastic. He knows how to find the best ingredients locally to help make the magic happens and how to pair things very nicely. He was able to readily adapt to some tricky food allergies and restrictions that we had as well and did so without any trouble at all. Gil’s experience really shows and he loves to share his knowledge. The presentation was fantastic on all meals and the taste was absolutely superb. In fact, the only downside to working with Chef Gil is that you’re going to be very spoiled by the experience and it may prove to be very difficult shoes for any other chef you hire in the future to try to fill! :)

Chris West - Jun 10 2021

5/ 5

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