Get to know me better
Three Star Michelin trained Chef who loves to entertain with fun and flair.
Classically trained, multiple award winning and Three Star Michelin trained chef, born in Sussex (UK) speaks English and French. Worked around the world in multiple cultures. natural leadership skills and a love to teach and educate. A good sense of humor and a passion for world cuisine. Also trained and qualified in bakery, desserts and high quality celebration cakes. Can work with all dietary requests and has an extended repertoire of healthy, vegetarian and vegan menus. HACCP trained and qualified in food safety and operates to the highest health and safety standards.
Winner of the Roux Scholarship
Winner of the William Heptinstall award for chefs.
Winner of the Young Chef of the year
Winner of the Chef of the year (price for professionalism)
Academie Culinaire De France Commis chef of the year award,
Restaurant worked Michelin rated
Le Soufflé, Hotel Intercontinental. Park lane London 1 star Michelin
The Counaught Hotel Mayfair London 2 star Michelin
Le Gavroche Mayfair London 3 star Michelin
The Waterside Inn Bray UK 3 star Michelin
L’Amandier Mougins South of France 2 star Michelin
Moulin de Mougins South of France 3 star Michelin
For me, cooking is...
For me, cooking is entertaining, creating experiences and memories for your guests and friends.
I learned to cook at...
I learned to cook in Three Star Michelin restaurants, my two favourite, The Waterside Inn (Roux Brothers) and the Moulin de Mougins,South of France.
A role model in the kitchen is...
My role models in the kitchen, Roux brothers and Roger Verge, all these Master Chefs, changed the way I look at entertaining.
A cooking secret...
My secret in the kitchen, listen to the customer, buy the best ingredients, use my 25 years of experience and techniques and have fun.
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 Coto De Caza.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Coto De Caza. You name it!
A longer stay in Coto De Caza? 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 Coto De Caza.
John'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 John's reviews
Chef John and his team were amazing. They did a wonderful job of preparing and presenting a delicious meal and experience for me and our guests. It was a fabulous evening - I will never forget if.
Jayne - Jul 04 2022
We loved Chef John and his staff (Chef James & Chef Mary)! They catered our rehearsal dinner at a private Airbnb and everything went beyond expectation! This was our first time using Take a Chef, but it absolutely won't be the last and we hope to book again with Chef John soon. The food was exceptional and the chefs were so engaging and personable. Everything about our experience was great!
Chloe Williams - Dec 07 2021
Okay, where do I start... We hired Chef John for our small wedding in Lake Arrowhead and it was the best decision we could have made. The team was punctual, professional, and personable. They did an amazing job catering to our guests and presenting each dish. Special shout out to Mary who was absolutely wonderful. The food was out of this world. Our guests (and us!) couldn't stop raving about it, from appetizers to dessert, every dish was carefully thought about and sooooo flavorful. They were very catering to dietary restrictions, including a couple vegetarians and my father in law who has Celiacs. It will definitely be a dinner no one will forget and we would 100% hire chef John and his crew again (Mary, Caleb, and Noah). Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!
Jaclyn Storey - Aug 17 2021
Chef John and his assistant Caleb and Mary were engaging, fun and most of all, excellent chefs! They were very accommodating to our needs and timeframe. We had a dinner for 10 and everyone is still talking about what a wonderful experience it was!!! We will not hesitate to use this service again!!
Steve Norman - Jun 29 2021
Book your experience with Chef John
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.