Get to know me better
I strive to offer the best possible service for my clients
Professionally trained chef with Michelin star restaurant experience. Attended culinary school in Barcelona, Spain and also completed hospitality studies in London, U. K. I have 10 years of restaurant and catering experience, as well as 6 years of private chef services. I have worked in highly regarded restaurants such as Viajante in London, and Wd-50, Dovetail in New York City.
I am currently in the Raleigh/Durham area serving the most demanding clientele in the city, but am also available to travel anywhere domestically for the right opportunity.
For me, cooking is...
The best way to get people to come together.
I learned to cook at...
Home, with my mother. Then I went to culinary school, and worked in restaurants such as Viajante in London, and Wd-50, Dovetail in New York City.
A role model in the kitchen is...
My mother. She taught me discipline, organization, hard work, dedication and to put love into everything I cook.
A cooking secret...
Love is my secret ingredient.
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 Wake Forest.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Wake Forest. You name it!
A longer stay in Wake Forest? 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 Wake Forest, count me in.
Lester'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 Lester's reviews
Chef Lester is kind, communicative, accommodating, and a *VERY* skilled and talented chef. Having him cook an 8 course meal for a party of four was well worth the investment and I would definitely hire him again!
Heidi Suke - Oct 19 2021
Les was awesome, he made a special night very special!
Kimarie L Ankenbrand - Aug 19 2020
Chef Les was fantastic. He gave us a perfect evening and a unique and wonderful meal. We highly recommend him. He is very flexible in how he arranges plans for the meal and prompt with all communications. A couple of the courses included food prepared as we had not tried before, and the dishes were delicious.
Rob Levine Rob - Jun 16 2020
Very Happy with Chef Lester Almanzar
Chef created a menu for a multi-course dinner that perfectly captured the evening we wanted to have, and then executed flawlessly-- food was delicious and beautifully presented. It was a pleasure to have him in our home, and we look forward to the next time.
Shannon R Joseph - May 25 2020
Book your experience with Chef Lester
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.