• Private Chef John Los Angeles
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Modern American
  • Southern
  • Spanish

Signature dish:  

Braised Short rib

About Me

Chef John specializes in gourmet food but, with over 16 years in the industry, he also has a passion for making comfort food. He has worked large banquets, weddings and celebrity parties. In addition to private parties, the chef has experience in 5-star hotels, sports arenas, fine dining and catering.

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Reviews (33)

  • My family thoroughly loved having John as our chef. We are a loud, silly bunch who found John unperturbed by our rambunctious behavior despite our best efforts. He maintained a great attitude, kept to the planned schedule, delivered delicious food & even cleaned up his work area when done. My family (10 of us) enjoyed everything he made & continued talking about his cooking the next day. Our meal included 2 appetizers, salad, and an entree served with 2 sides at a price point the same as a restaurant but in our own home which allowed us to be the loud group that we are. Table at Home is a great service & John is an amazing choice for your next chef.

    • Worked on September 20, 2020
  • I wanted to do something special to celebrate an anniversary, this can be challenging during a pandemic. We have not had anybody into our home and have practiced strict social distancing so the idea of an al fresco dinner at sunset in our backyard seemed like the only solution. Chef John did an awesome job, he prepared an amazing four course meal outside, wore a mask without the usual luxury of meal prep in a normal kitchen using a gas bbq grill and green egg. The food was delicious, Chef John was professional, pleasant, resouceful and this anniversary celebration a huge success. Thank you Chef John and Table at Home!

    • Worked on September 12, 2020
  • Chef John is truly extraordinary. He is very talented. His cooking is very delicious and every dish was presented beautifully. We had 11 guests and everyone is still raving about his amazing cooking. Chef John cleaned up the kitchen thoroughly afterwards and was just professional. We will definitely be using Chef John again for all future events. Thank you so much Chef for all you do! We all appreciate you!!!

    • Worked on August 15, 2020
  • Amaizing food, everything was so great! From the appetizer to the desert was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. I will definitely will recommend it to all my friends.

    • Worked on August 15, 2020
  • Chef John was an amazing chef at our 20 person get together. He was accommodating to our budget and made appetizers that were absolutely gourmet. He was very personable and nice to our guests when they came in to talk to him about the different dishes he was preparing.
    The food was fabulous and was 5-star and the display was also just as elegant as his food! He cleaned my entire kitchen after he was finished which took a lot of stress off of me. All of my friends and family asked for his contact information, and I will absolutely be having him prepare the menu and food for our next party! If you are looking for a 5-star, upscale chef, Chef John is your guy!

    • Worked on August 14, 2020
  • Everything chef John made us was absolutely delicious! He is an awesome chef who cares about the food, the presentation and his clients happiness. He was professional and hard-working and we have tons of leftovers. I would definitely hire him again.

    • Worked on August 14, 2020
  • John was fantastic. My original chef canceled within 2 days and John picked up my menu. He was very flexible and accommodating. He cooked us an Italian meal and everyone loved it. The hit was the pork belly as it was spiced perfectly and the texture was amazing. The flourless chocolate cake was wonderful as well.

    He was very clean, organized, communicative and professional.

    • Worked on August 13, 2020
  • Chef John... if I could give him (and his assistant) 10 stars I would!! He was punctual, outgoing and the food was AMAZING!
    We had the table at home experience for my moms 60th birthday. Chef John worked closely with me to be sure the menu was perfect then he executed it beautifully. I felt like I was dining in a 5 star restaurant.
    I will be back! Thank you Chef!

    • Worked on August 9, 2020
  • Thank you John for making my Birthday dinner a memorable experience. Everything was exceptional. I will definitely be reaching out again. You’re the best.

    • Worked on August 1, 2020
  • Amazing food and experience! Chef John was very easy to communicate with and super flexible. He provided sample menus and was open to suggestions and made accommodations for my requests. The different variety of foods he offered was really great, goes to show how skilled he is as a chef. Leading up the event, he confirmed the menu and attendees, very easy to communicate and easy going person. On the day of the event, he arrived early to prep the food. Food was delicious! My friends are still raving about it...4 days later! There was plenty of food and he had made some extra, which I appreciated and our guests were able to enjoy another appetizer. He was very nice, engaging, timed the plates perfectly..went at our pace, no rushing and cleaned up the cooking area nicely. It looked like nothing even happened in our kitchen! Highly recommend Chef John!

    • Worked on July 10, 2020
  • Amazing experience! Great food and service, John was an awesome chef and his 4 course meal was delicious!

    • Worked on July 9, 2020
  • Exquisite! I waited over 14days after our dinner To review, just to be sure. We have been pretty good about sheltering in place, and didn’t want to eat at a restaurant, and didn’t want to order really nice food to-go and then it truth bad on the way home, So this service perfect, John wore a mask the whole time, we moved our dining room table to the living room and had a meal a as safe as it was delicious!
    My Wife’s birthday wasn’t a but Party but a romantic dinner at home, and Chef John made a meal we’ll never forget! Filet Minion with lobster, & risotto.. stuffed mushrooms and poki apps, with Creme Brûlée (her favorite) for dessert. We set it up for the 2 of us with plans to share our apps with our 2&1/2 year old son, and ordered him his own pizza, John’s prepared enough food for him, and even what John called a “small” filet, which was bigger than most restaurant portions.

    He left the place as clean as he found it and we had delicious leftovers enough for lunch and a 2nd dinner (combining the uneaten pizza) the next day!

    Thank you!

    • Worked on July 7, 2020
  • For our wedding reception, we proposed mexican fusion appetizers, steak/chicken/vegetarian options for entrees & a fresh berry dessert. Among all the proposals we got, Chef John’s sounded the most appealing!! Almost too good to be true. He nailed exactly what we were looking for!

    The process was so seamless. Weeks & days leading up to the wedding, Chef John kept in close contact. Anytime we contacted him, we got an immediate response. We ended up having to change our numbers for number of meals multiple times & he was super understanding.

    We are SO happy with Chef John’s service, food, & professionalism. We can’t say enough!! All of our guests are still talking about how amazing the food was & how it was the best ever! As the bride & groom, we asked for our meals earlier and it was such a special experience sitting at the table & watching how seamless his team works together to execute perfectly cooked & beautifully plated meals.

    Appetizers-
    Super petite sized finger food with TONS of flavor. We ordered braised short rib tostadas, stuffed mushrooms & cauliflower tacos.

    Salad-
    Everyone raved about all the flavor & crunch in the salad. It was so fresh & light!

    Entrees-
    We offered filet mignon+shrimp, chicken piccata, & portobello mushroom entree options for our guests. We got bites of it all and it was SOOO AMAZING. Beef was so tender, shrimp was cooked to perfection, chicken was moist & the mushroom was so tasty!! The meals all had a wonderful balance of risotto, vegetables, & protein.

    Dessert-
    The petite berry tarts were the perfect way to end the meals! Super fresh.

    Throughout dinner, it was so nice to see Chef John and his team socializing with our guests as they delivered the food. The team was so personable & made our whole small dinner reception super memorable. When the dinner was done, they left the kitchen spic & span! Huge plus.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring Chef John & team for your next event. We know that we have gained a friend & will be keeping Chef John in mind for our future events.

    • Worked on July 2, 2020
  • After our 200 attendee wedding was cancelled due to the pandemic, we organized a small ceremony for our immediate families and brought in Chef John to prepare an incredible meal.

    The food was simply amazing, and Chef John and his assistant were an absolute pleasure to work with. Every bite was fantastic, with generous portions so that we were able to enjoy leftovers for a few days after the event.

    Although it wasn't the wedding we initially planned, it ended up being an amazing night and we want to thank the Chef for his incredible contribution. No doubt, our wedding meal was 100 times better than it would have been at our initial event.

    Thank you, Chef!

    • Worked on June 23, 2020
  • Chef John made a fantastic plated dinner for 7 at our home. We had old friends in town, and the meal made it such a special night. His service was top notch and the food was delicious. Our guests loved it, and I couldn’t recommend him more highly!

    • Worked on June 19, 2020
  • Chef John was incredible! Courteous and kind. We have a big family. My mother in-law is immobile and he brought each course to her bedroom which was so kind. And the food was delicious. Exceptional service. We will be calling him again !

    • Worked on June 12, 2020
  • Chef John Pastor provided a superlative dining experience. Everything was delicious - too of the line! I highly recommend him for all special occasions.

    • Worked on May 29, 2020
  • Chef John did an excellent job and we are so pleased he was able to cook for us on a special day. The food was great, all guests loved the experience, and we would not hesitate to do it again! Thank you chef John

    • Worked on May 18, 2020
  • Chef John was amazing!!! The presentation of every course was detailed to perfection. The taste was incredible. Chef John tailored the meal to perfection. We wanted a vegan meal and we loved everything he prepared for us. Our favorite was the sweet potato mash and the flourless chocolate cake.

    • Worked on February 10, 2020
  • Chef John made my husband's 70th birthday party memorable! The food was fantastic and plated well. We all felt very special!

    • Worked on January 19, 2020
  • Wow! John made a beautiful dinner! He was super professional and each course was delicious! He was kind, courteous and left the kitchen spotless! 100% amazing

    • Worked on January 13, 2020
  • We had 5 couples, celebrating a 50th Birthday. Chef John was absolutely the right choice! John is easy to communicate with, the food was amazing & the presentation beautiful. He worked with the flow of our party, since we had some guests show up later. He keeps the meals rolling, the food hot, while maintaining a tidy workspace.

    This was the first time I’ve used a service like this. We loved it! I highly recommend Chef John. You will be more than satisfied with your event! Thanks Chef John!

    • Worked on January 4, 2020
  • Chef John was terrific. Everything was top quality and cooked to perfection. He was friendly, prompt, professional and extremely talented in the kitchen. Some of my favorites were his ahi tuna app, the cheese and meat platter, the steak and gratin potatoes and his family recipe creme brulee. It was amazing and I look forward to working with him again.

    • Worked on November 27, 2019
  • Chef John was great!

    We loved everything about his cuisine, it was very flavorful, beautifuly plated and very professional. All guests were very pleased. He truly made our night extra special! Would give more stars.

    • Worked on November 10, 2019
  • Thank you for a superb meal and fantastic evening! Each course was well-prepared and exactly the right temperature. My guests also appreciated the stunning presentation and plating. The chef listened to everyone’s expectations and made adjustments while cooking. By the way, everything tasted great!

    Highly recommended!!

    • Worked on October 7, 2019
  • Chef John was a pleasure to work with. He was super accommodating with all of our requests and his food was superb. Plating and feeding a group of 18 is no small feat for one person. He showed up early, delivered the meal on time and was super kind and professional. We'd love to work with him again and we highly recommend hiring him for your next event. We really love the stuffed mushrooms and poke wonton apps, and the braised short rib entree!! Thanks again for the exceptional food!! Everyone was really happy!

    • Worked on September 12, 2019
  • Highly recommend Chef John for any party you are hosting. Leading up to the dinner, he checked in and kept me posted on the meal. He was on time for the event. He prepared the most delicious meal and served everything hot and on schedule. Everyone at the party was raving about the food!! And he was friendly to everyone but not the least bit intrusive. Would definitely use him again and recommend him to friends!!!

    • Worked on July 29, 2019
  • The food was delicious. Service was awesome and Chef John made sure there was an abundance of food for our guests. would definitely use him again!

    • Worked on July 24, 2019
  • John prepared a wonderful 2-3 course meal for my family and close friend. We enjoyed it especially the potatoes Au gratin. This really impressed me because my family members are extremely picky and critical eaters. John was also very professional and personable. Something I personally looks for in the hospitality industry. If I ever get the opportunity to come back to LA I would definitely book him again and recommend him to others.

    • Worked on July 23, 2019
  • I was very impressed by chef John and so were my guests. Amazing food and experience. He was also easy to communicate with.

    • Worked on July 18, 2019
  • Chef John was awesome! I was worried because we did this for a group of picky eaters, and everyone was more than pleased! The filet, bruschetta & mushroom stuffed with shrimp apps he made us were insane! And chef John was the perfect combo of being friendly without trying to crash the party. Would highly recommend him and the whole experience.

    • Worked on July 12, 2019
  • I cannot say enough great things about Chef John Pastor! He arrived on time and got to work. Chef John was so kind and prepared to be our chef.

    His presentation of each of our 4 courses was just amazing. The timing of the courses was superb. He made sure every part of the meal was perfect and he left my kitchen perfectly cleaned when he left.

    Myself and my guests could not stop talking about the presentation and taste of all of our food. He was so personable and just a joy to have in my home. Most of all he is an AMAZING Chef!

    • Worked on February 21, 2019
  • Chef John was absolutly Terrific. He was punctual, professional, and very friendly. The food was above and beyond my expectations. The progression of flavors throughout the meal were spectacular, and the dessert was phenomenal. All of my dinner guest were impressed with the quality and presentation of the dishes. I was very happy that Chef John got to participate in such a memorable engagement dinner. I would highly recommend Chef John for any occasion. Thank You Again

    • Worked on November 3, 2018
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