MEET THE CHEF
Raised in my family's restaurant, Clay's Texas Pit BBQ, I developed a passion for food at very young age. I had the honor of attending Le Cordon Bleu, School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, where I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received an associates degree in culinary arts. Upon graduation, I worked for a popular restaurant in Laguna Beach where I gained an abundance of skills and experience including: catering, menu planning, global cuisine, and baking.
Working in high volume, high pressure kitchens has given me the skills to follow my dreams of being a personal chef. I absolutely love cooking for my clients. The
I developed a passion for food and cooking at a very young age, growing up in the family restaurant business, Clay’s Texas Pit BBQ (located in La Jolla, Encinitas, and Point Loma, CA, and Las Vegas). I vividly remember the sight of the barbecue pit, which seemed to be as big as a train car, and the smell of the smoky mesquite wood mixed with slabs of ribs, chicken, and brisket. My grandmother's pie case was filled with her famous award winning, homemade pecan, sweet potato, and apple pie. It truly was a sight to see, and just the thought of it continues to inspire me!
I attended Le Cordon Bleu, School of Culinary Arts North America, in Pasadena, CA and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. From there, I gained an abundance of experience while working for a popular restaurant in Laguna Beach. In addition to having the opportunity to work for this fast-paced, high-end restaurant, I have also assisted in numerous catering events, prepared custom menu planning and administered the baking department for a corporate headquarter's dining facility.
The journey to achieve my dream career of becoming a Personal Chef began in 2013. Since then, I have had the pleasure of cooking privately for several families, each of whom having differing culinary tastes. I have overseen the catering operations of various private events and I even offer to teach cooking classes to help build confidence in the kitchen. I enjoy helping my clients achieve their dietary goals while bringing them happiness with the meals I prepare.
There is no doubt in my mind that enjoying great food creates a great mood; but to make food great, one must put LOVE in it! Thank you for visiting my page, and I hope to cook for you very soon!
Chef Chelsea Marie