• Private Chef Raymond New York incl CT and NJ
  • Modern American

Signature dish:  

Oven Roasted Tortellini

About Me

Food had an early impact on my life. My fondest childhood memories include watching Food Network with my mom and seeing my dad slow cook Sunday dinners — nothing like smoked ribs on a summer’s day! My appreciation for all things culinary, led me to begin working in restaurants at the age of 18 and I immediately felt at home. I continued to work my way through the industry and have now spent the last 8 years running kitchens in your favorite NYC restaurants.
I realized I had a particular fondness for private catering when I started dating my wife. Together, we cooked dinner for her family every Friday; It was our thing. Inspired by the intimacy of the process, my ability to be creative with recipes and presentation and most of all, the way a great meal punctuates an unforgettable evening; I developed a desire to share this experience with others. Our thing became my thing, as I regularly began cooking for couples and small parties, in addition to being a full-time chef. As much as I enjoy the art of cooking, it’s really not about food. It’s about the experience. The food is just the gateway to the experience. That being said, I look forward to the opportunity to make your special evening unforgettable.

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Reviews (9)

  • Chef Raymond was absolutely fantastic to work with. He was communicative before & day-of and really made my mother’s surprise 60th birthday dinner special. We wanted a vegan meal and he did a great job modifying and getting creative. He was enthusiastic about the meal and going above and beyond, and was punctual & flexible with our timing during the meal. The group thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his inspiration before digging in to each course - it was extremely thoughtful. He brought a great server with him and the two of them were thorough in terms of presentation, quality, and even tidying up post event. I couldn’t say better things about the experience!

    • Worked on December 22, 2019
  • Chef Raymond was out of this world! We had a cooking lesson for the two of us as a couple and he was not only professional, fully prepared but helped to cater the perfect date night for the two of us. His engagement throughout the process was unparalleled. We ended up learning a lot, having a blast and ate an an amazing five-star meal. I highly recommend this chef for any need! Thank you again!

    • Worked on December 13, 2019
  • Chef Raymond was great from start to finish in making my wife's birthday a special experience. He was in contact with me from the moment I booked to him to tailor a menu towards my wife's vegan tastes and he did an outstanding job. He was on time, was very personable while preparing the meal and cleaned up afterwards for us where we were able to enjoy a nice relaxing evening at home I would highly recommend Chef Raymond if you're looking for a quality meal with a guy who loves his craft, as well as someone who was a complete professional.

    • Worked on December 12, 2019
  • Table at Home really was my savior this weekend! I hosted a birthday dinner for my mom and wanted a private chef. Chef Raymond McNeal went ABOVE and beyond for my family. Not only was it easy to get in contact with him, but his already amazing menu became even BETTER in execution. I was so impressed by the professionalism, his skill, and attention to detail. I will be raving and recommending him to everyone I know

    • Worked on July 21, 2019
  • Chef Raymond was prompt and so great. Where do I start? We were a group of 11 girls who rented a beach house to celebrate a bride for the weekend. He prepared the whole meal from start to finish right in front of us. He came with two assistants. The food was AMAZING. We had a 5 course meal. Crostini starter and a burrata salad - so great. The stuffed lobster tails, were not only super pretty but soo delicious. The steak & potatoes had a great spinach butter with it. Everything was cooked to perfection. Dessert was a showstopper ending. Apple turnovers with homemade apple pie ice cream. Amazing! His presentation was everything. He impressed all my guests. I will definitely book him again. Thanks for a great night!

    • Worked on July 21, 2019
  • Very well prepared and accomodating will definitely reccomend him to all my friends and will book him in the near future A+++

    • Worked on June 25, 2019
  • Chef Raymon was great! Food was fresh , presentation was fabulous and dessert was creative. All was delicious!! Would definitely select him again.

    • Worked on June 19, 2019
  • I can't say enough great things about Chef Raymond! He was the chef for a retirement dinner I hosted for 30 people. Not only was the food amazing but him and his team made the entire experience a delight...from the planning process to the clean up and everything in between! We worked together to customize the meal, where he was extremely accommodating to my request and the dietary restrictions. We also worked through all the details ahead of time (and I'm very detail oriented, so it was probably painful to deal with me, but he didn't show it) so we were on the same page. On the day of the event, he arrived with his team when I expected them. He takes a lot of pride in his work and that came through in the delicious food, the beautiful presentation and high quality service. My guests were so impressed - especially when he explained each dish as they were brought out (a very nice touch). It don't stop there - not only did they serve an amazing 3 course plated meal to 30 people - but they then cleaned up the kitchen and washed all the dishes from dinner!
    Overall, an amazing experience. I would highly recommend Tables at Home, and especially Chef Raymond to anyone! Really. You should book now - you won't regret it.
    Thank you Chef Raymond and team for making this such a memorial evening.

    • Worked on May 14, 2019
  • Ray was outstanding and, someone who I would recommend to anyone having an event. The food and service was great. Looking forward to booking him again.

    Thank you Chef Raymond!

    • Worked on April 21, 2019
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