Get to know me better
Award nominated chef & one part of a husband & wife chef duo, w/ a combined 32 years of experience. Focus on fresh, vibrant & healthy upscale cuisine
Multiple Award nominated chef, and one part of a husband and wife chef duo. After graduating from the French culinary Institute in NYC, I went on to work at Marlow & Sons, the Marrow, Kinshop in NYC before heading to Dubai to own and operate a vegan friendly cafe. Specialize in healthy, fresh and veg forward cuisine influenced largely by my california and persian roots.
For me, cooking is...
How we understand people and cultures. It's the way we connect to each other.
I learned to cook at...
The French culinary Institute in NYC. Marlow & sons, the Marrow, kinshop, and wyebrook farms.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Ottolenghi, Bourdain, kenji lopez, Alice waters.
A cooking secret...
Finding the perfect balance in each dish, while showcasing the beauty in local ingredients. Putting my own spin on things with lesser known spices
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 Irvine.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Irvine. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Irvine.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Irvine, count me in.
Mandana'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 Mandana's reviews
Great team and amazing food. They made my wife's birthday extra special.
Max Ukaigwe - Jun 20 2022
Chef Mandana Shabani was absolutely incredible! She was so communicative during the planning process and went above and beyond meeting our dietary needs. I would definitely recommend Chef Mandana to anyone looking for a private chef! The food was AMAZING and she made the whole evening so special.
Lenise Strong - May 03 2022
Mandana and Pat provided a wonderful experience! They were fantastic company and shared many great stories about their culinary journey and the foods they were serving. They arrived on time and left the place super clean!
Minh Le - Apr 19 2022
Chef Mandana & Patrick were both amazing in every way possible! They were super friendly, easy to talk to, and shared lots of cooking techniques with us! The food was spectacular and was both better presented and better tasting than most michelin star restaurants that I have been to. All in all, this was the highlight of our vacation and we are very happy to have met Chef Mandana & Patrick.
Nithin Adapa - Apr 06 2022
Book your experience with Chef Mandana
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.