Get to know me better
I am an all around chef with 25 years of home to fine dining experience and everything in between.
I have been working in kitchens since i was 10 years old. I started as a baker then moved on to fine dining when i was 18. I have worked with different cuisines. French german all american mix and my favorite italian. I have catered many events, ran several restaurants and kitchens, even baked a few wedding cakes and some unique teared cakes in my time. I take pride in my craft.
For me, cooking is...
My passion. My joy, it brings me happiness to watch people enjoy my food using all their senses.
I learned to cook at...
I started at a diner when i was ten learning how to bake, after that i worked at different places while going to culinary school.
A role model in the kitchen is...
To many chefs to list but my mom was a great chef as well
A cooking secret...
Taste everything as you go and always be prepared for the unexpected.
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 Portland.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Portland. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Portland.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Portland, count me in.
Thomas'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 Thomas's reviews
Chef Tom was great! It was super comfortable having him to our house and the food was incredible !
Kelsey Willis - Jun 06 2022
Chef Tom was an incredible. It was a very last minute in change of birthday plans for my significant other and he was so attentive and helpful. He knew he had less than 24 hours to plan something great for us and he went above and beyond. He was so friendly, so thorough, the food was just beyond amazing..it couldn’t have been better. While he was very engaging with us and very present he still knew just the right amount of space to give us that night so it could still be intimate and still have that special one on one feeling for us. I would highly recommend him as I know i will be requesting him myself again
Katie Mancuso - Sep 14 2020
Wow! Chef Thomas delivered an incredible evening for my extended family that far exceeded what I believe to be a high bar for food and service. In a time of COVID his work to provide distancing, wearing appropriate protection and food safety was flawless. He did this without compromising the experience.
The food was flawless in presentation and taste. He provided plenty of variety for me to choose in determining menu and everything was made fresh onsite. Service was perfect balance of privacy enable an intimate feel to the meal and yet when we wanted to interact he was right there. Funny, great with my young daughter, informational about the food.
Highly recommend this experience and Chef Thomas Baird.
David Alperson - May 07 2020
Incredible experience. Chef Tom put together a great menu for us and was very personable and knowledgeable.
Veronika Wolfkeil - Feb 17 2020
Book your experience with Chef Thomas
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.