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I am a Professional foodie that prides myself in fresh, scratch-made, locally sourced ingredients!
Chef Lesa has been in the culinary industry for going on over 14 years. Her decision to attend The San Diego Culinary Institute, ranked 7th in the Nation, was inspired by her Mother. She graduated in 2007 and got her first gig at Mister A’s in downtown San Diego. She honed her skills and technique there as she worked her way up from garde manger to line cook very quickly. She completed her externship there and was looking to set foot into the catering world. She worked for a small catering company, The Gourmet Group, and started to really understand the catering industry.
From there, she ventured into the Corporate world, and climbed the ladder for 8 years there. Compass Group USA is where her career took off as she stepped into a brand-new kitchen at Qualcomm, San Diego. She was responsible for overseeing all catering operations on campus (3 million), operating a café (2 million), an on-site garden, VIP tours & lunches, traveling to help open accounts and keeping her food and beverage costs within budget. Her kitchen was the largest in Southern California, a show kitchen with all the bells and whistles, and was declared a Center for Excellence in which she trained all incoming new chefs in the area.
She also worked at The Wild Thyme Company, San Diego’s voted “best caterer.” In March of 2018, as the Executive Chef, she has put her own processes and organization into place and takes great pride in the beauty of her food creations. She looks forward to serving you!
For me, cooking is...
my passion and lifestyle. Everything revolves around food (and my next meal) for me. I find inspiration in everyday adventures!
I learned to cook at...
I learned to cook growing up with my Mother and my 5 other siblings, and then eventually pursued a professional culinary career.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Without a doubt Julia Child!
A cooking secret...
is respecting each ingredient, knowing where it came from and how long it took to evolve.
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 Spring Valley.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Spring Valley. You name it!
A longer stay in Spring Valley? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Spring Valley, count me in.
Lesa'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.
Book your experience with Chef Lesa
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.