• Private Chef Richard Chicago
  • Italian
  • Modern American

Signature dish:  

Pork with Mole

About Me

Chef Richard “Richie” Farina started his career as a pizza maker, honing his skills by catering alongside a family friend for two years. His desire to perfect his craft led Chef Farina to enroll in a Bachelor in Culinary Arts at the Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. With Chef Farina’s help, the school won the National College Ice Carving Championship, 3 years in a row.
After working in several top restaurants in Boston, Chef Farina sought a new home and a bigger challenge. He found them in Chicago, landing a job with Moto Restaurant in April 2008. In two short years, Chef Farina had worked every station at the molecular gastronomy institution, including front of house roles.
In 2009, Chef Farina had his first foray into television, as one of four characters on a nationally syndicated television show for Discovery Network’s Future Food, featuring the whimsical creations of Moto Restaurant. Chef Farina’s work has reached hundreds of national television and print outlets including Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Cutthroat Kitchen, Bizarre Foods, and many more. In 2012, Moto Restaurant earned a Michelin star, and in 2014, Chef Farina took the helm as Executive Chef. His recipes can still be found in Moto: The Cookbook.
Today, Chef Farina still enjoys success on television as Host of the Cooking Channel Show CARNIVAL KINGS. When he’s off set, Chef Farina continues to live his passion for cooking as Private Chef or collaborating on exciting projects, including those with Future Food Studio.

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Reviews - click review to see menu (9)

  • Chef Richie made the whole process easy from planning a menu with suggestions to presenting an appealing and delicious dining experience. We would highly recommend him to anyone.

    • Worked on November 28, 2020
  • Amazing night! Chef Richie made a wonderful dinner and couldn’t have been more professional. He sat with us after dinner and chatted. It was a perfect way to end the evening. I highly recommend Chef Richie and can’t wait to use him again in the future. Thank you!!!

    • Worked on June 19, 2020
  • Chef Richie was professional, engaging and the food was delicious. He made our 50th Anniversary celebration very special.

    • Worked on June 6, 2020
  • Chef Richard was friendly, punctual, and the food was AMAZING! He had to work around my murder mystery party actors and he did a great job helping to make a magical evening.

    • Worked on November 30, 2019
  • I hired Chef Richie for a 14 person dinner for a bachelorette party. He was incredible to work with from the beginning and cooked up a creative and delicious meal that everyone loved. Throughout the process he was extremely responsive, usually getting back to me within minutes. He was very flexible and accommodating as I requested several rounds of menu changes. My group had a few dietary restrictions and he provided alternative courses for those people and worked with me to tweak the menu until it was perfect for our group. He showed up promptly, was super friendly, and the food was delicious! Everyone was impressed by every course and raved about the food and experience. You will not be disappointed with Chef Richie!

    • Worked on September 14, 2019
  • Richie was professional, fun and food was out of this world!! Will definitely do it again!

    • Worked on July 26, 2019
  • Chef Richard was amazing!!!! I give him 10 starts out of 5 stars! He was very professional and courteous. The menu he came up with was exactly what I was looking for for our 50th birthday BBQ at our home. Chef came with everything he needed to cook, I just provided the dishes I wanted to use. He arrived early and after a quick Q&A about the home, etc. he was off and cooking. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! Everyone was ranting an raving. They even took leftovers home. If you are thinking of booking a chef, look no further than Chef Richard!!! I will definitely hire him again in the near future.

    • Worked on May 27, 2019
  • Richie was great! From start to finish, we enjoyed our experience. He came ready, with most of his ingredients pre-portioned and ready to go. The first course was an excellent take on Tuna Tartare/Maki. The sesame oil powder was too cool. The second course was a white almond gaspacho with fizzy grapes. Totally interesting flavors plus technique. The thrid course was a great beaff duo of Short Rib and Ribeye, which he substituted with Halibut and Scallops for one guest. Everyone left stuffed, Chef Richie was excellent in explaining his menu and techniques The service was excellent, allowing all of us to spend time together, and the kitchen was left cleaner than when he came. We would all do it again!

    • Worked on March 2, 2019
  • We couldn’t have been happier with Chef Richard who cooked for our family and friends for our daughter’s 30th birthday party. The tuna appetizer was delicious as were the braised short ribs! I don’t think our guests could even believe how delicious everything was. The dessert was festive and fun. We were guests at our own party— and the kitchen was immaculate afterwards! I’ve already passed his name out to other friends. We look forward to using him again!!!

    • Worked on January 19, 2019