• Private Chef Lesa San Diego
  • Fusion

Signature dish:  

Surf n Turf

About Me

What can I say, I LOVE food!
I have been in the culinary industry for going on over 14 years. My decision to attend The San Diego Culinary Institute, ranked 7th in the Nation, was inspired by my Mother. I graduated in 2007 and got my first gig at Mister A’s in downtown San Diego. I honed my skills and technique there as I worked my way up from garde manger to line cook very quickly. I completed my externship there and was looking to set foot into the catering world. I worked for a small catering company, The Gourmet Group, and started to really understand the catering industry.
From there, I ventured into the Corporate world, and climbed the ladder for 8 years there. Compass Group USA is where my career took off as I stepped into a brand-new kitchen at Qualcomm, San Diego. I 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 my food and beverage costs within budget. My 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 I trained all incoming new chefs in the area.
I also worked at The Wild Thyme Company, San Diego’s voted “best caterer.” I began my job here in March of 2018, as the Executive Chef, I put my own processes and organization into place and took great pride in the beauty of all my food creations. While working here, I led the culinary team as we focused mostly on weddings, events on the USS Midway, private dinners, receptions, happy hours & corporate events.
I look forward to sharing a memorable and special food experience with you and your loved ones in the comfort of your own homes. Thank you!

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  • Chef Lesa catered our business dinner at a VRBO rental and I highly recommend! First, great communication on logistics and menu. Second, no issues on coordinating day-of. Our group went sailing so I essentially gave her instructions on how to get in the house and make herself at home in the kitchen. Finally, amazing food! Imagine coming off of sailing, entering the house and having this beautiful buffet setup for us. Book Chef Lesa.

    • Worked on October 21, 2021
  • Chef Lesa was fabulous! She had great menu suggestions and was so easy to work with. She and her server Nico arrived on time and immediately got to work. Nico began serving us fabulous appetizers and pouring our wine while Lesa was working on dinner. We were served an amazing salad with fresh local strawberries, a wonderful gnocchi with gorgonzola cream, our choice of a perfectly cooked filet mignon with a garlic butter or pan seared local halibut with a lemon-thyme sauce. We wrapped up the night with a warm molten chocolate cake and salted caramel gelato. Everything was DELICIOUS! Lesa and Nico took care of all the clean up and the kitchen was spotless when they left. If was a night to remember by all.

    • Worked on September 11, 2021
  • We had a 50th birthday party for my mom. There were six people total. Lesa was superb! The food was amazing, she was on time, cleaned everything afterwards to leave us a spotless kitchen. She was very accommodating because my mom has a seafood allergy so she was able to change the menu. Highly recommend.

    • Worked on July 17, 2021
  • Lesa was wonderful! She arrived on time had the meal out shortly after my guests took their seats and everyone was blown away! Not only was the food delicious but she was fun and personable! She left my kitchen beautiful and I’d definitely book her again!

    • Worked on December 12, 2020
  • A magical night.

    Delicious Food. Beautiful presentation. Organized. Accommodating. Kind.

    These are all the attributes and characteristics of a meal created for you by Chef Lesa.

    She came and created an absolutely delicious 4 course meal with an added appetizer that had the whole family enamored!

    She was great in working with our schedule, the current life circumstances, and food restrictions/requests.

    I'm not sure what was my favorite dish, but the short rib was a a shoe stopper.

    This experience may have started a new tradition for the holidays, it was that good!

    • Worked on December 17, 2020
  • All I can say is WOW! Chef Lesa was amazing. First of all, her price was very reasonable. But more importantly, she mae our business evening a complete success. There was no timeline or rush to start, finish, or end. All the dishes, with the exception of the wine glasses we were still using were cleaned and ready to be put away. The food was insane. The risotto was top notch and better than most I have had at expensive restaurants. Her menu was unique and she stayed on theme of our italian evening. She was flexible as well and allowed me to make a change or two. She will definitely be back at our home again. I cannot say enough great things not only about Chef Lesa, but also Table at Home. The process was easy and it gave us an avenue to a very successful, and fun evening.

    • Worked on November 13, 2020
  • I would definitely recommend Chef Lesa. The food was delicious! The details she included were thoughtful, including a printed menu for each guest. I had requested 2 different entrees for my meal (1 for the women and 1 for the men) and she gave me exactly what I asked for. I was excited to find the leftover lobster risotto in the fridge! I hope to host another event soon for her to cook for us again!

    • Worked on October 24, 2020
  • This was a exceptional meal for my wife’s birthday dinner, Chef Lesa was friendly and professional. It was an amazing experience and she also made a special meal for my daughter. We would absolutely recommend Chef Lesa for any occasion.

    • Worked on September 18, 2020