Luis Lagos Gastronomic & Private Chef

BRINGING THE FOOD INDUSTRY ALIVE

Professional Food Services along the Northern California Coast and wine country.

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About Luis

Luis Lagos grew up in Mexico City and comes from a long history of cooking where hand written recipes had been passed on through generations for dishes that can take 4 days to prepare in traditional fashion. His memories are of spending hours in the kitchen with his mother, grandmother and aunts and of their dining room table set for 50 people. Every Saturday each relative’s family would bring the same dish to the family cook-off, preparing their version of the traditional recipe all competing for the best flavor and style in their dish.

What We Do

 

Indulge in a world of culinary luxury with our exclusive private chef services. Elevate your dining experience to new heights as we craft personalized menus tailored to your every whim and dietary need. Whether it’s an intimate soirée, a family gathering, or a special celebration, our skilled chefs bring gourmet perfection to your table.

We meticulously source the finest ingredients and infuse passion into every dish, delivering an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Beyond exquisite cuisine, we create immersive dining experiences, sharing culinary insights and engaging with your guests.

Transform any occasion into a lavish affair, savoring exceptional cuisine in the comfort of your own space. Experience the epitome of luxury with our private chef services, where culinary excellence meets unparalleled convenience.

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Experience unparalleled culinary excellence with our bespoke catering services. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering, a corporate event, or a grand celebration, we are your trusted partner in creating unforgettable moments through exquisite cuisine.

Our expert culinary team crafts menus to suit your unique tastes, dietary preferences, and event theme. We source the freshest, highest-quality ingredients to ensure every dish is a masterpiece.

From the first bite to the last, our catering services deliver an exceptional gastronomic journey that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. Whether it’s an elegant wedding reception, a corporate luncheon, or a milestone birthday, we turn your vision into a delectable reality.

Elevate your event with our catering expertise, where every bite tells a story of culinary sophistication and attention to detail.

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As a seasoned chef, I specialize in crafting immersive dining experiences that transcend the ordinary and leave an indelible mark on your culinary journey. My approach to cuisine goes beyond taste alone, encompassing all senses to create unforgettable memories.

Picture an enchanting ambiance thoughtfully designed to complement each course. I orchestrate a symphony of flavors, textures, and presentations that engage sight, sound, taste, and touch. Your dining adventure is elevated by my interaction, where I share the stories and inspirations behind each dish.

Immerse yourself in a world where food is art, and each bite tells a unique tale. Let me transport you on a sensory expedition that awakens your senses and creates a lasting connection with exceptional cuisine.

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As an experienced chef, I offer invaluable guidance to enhance your culinary ventures, whether you’re a restaurant owner or a passionate home cook.

I optimize kitchen operations, streamline menus, and control costs for restaurants and food businesses while maintaining a commitment to exceptional quality. My expertise ensures your establishment delivers unforgettable, financially sustainable dining experiences.

At the personal level, I transform your home kitchen into a culinary haven. From recommending top-notch equipment to providing customized cooking lessons, I empower you to achieve gastronomic mastery in the comfort of your own home. Helping with diets or menus

Elevate your culinary endeavors with my food and kitchen consulting services, where culinary expertise meets tailored guidance for success.

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Elevate your culinary skills and foster connections with my cooking classes, tailored for adults and kids, perfect for groups of friends or team-building events.

For adults, embark on a delightful culinary journey where you’ll learn the art of cooking, from mastering essential techniques to crafting gourmet dishes. It’s an opportunity to explore various cuisines, discover new flavors, and share the joy of creating delectable meals with your peers.

My cooking classes are a fun and educational experience for kids, igniting their passion for cooking. They’ll acquire valuable skills and develop a love for wholesome, homemade meals.

Whether you’re seeking a memorable gathering with friends or a team-building activity that sparks creativity and collaboration, my cooking classes offer a delectable and bonding experience for all.

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Exclusive culinary tours designed to tantalize your taste buds and enrich your travel experiences. As your trusted guide, we curate immersive journeys that delve deep into the heart of culinary traditions.

Explore bustling markets, dine in renowned restaurants, and savor regional delicacies. Meet passionate chefs, uncover secret ingredients, and participate in hands-on cooking classes. Our culinary tours are more than just food; they’re a passport to cultural immersion and unforgettable memories.

Discover the world through its flavors, and let us take you on a culinary adventure that will ignite your senses and leave you with a profound appreciation for the diverse tapestry of global cuisine.

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Sample Menus

 

DINNER

LA BOTANA 

POINT REYES SMOKED OYSTERS WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE AND EMPANADAS

LO PRIMERO 

BEEF-TAKE TOMATO SALAD WITH BURRATA AND OLIVE CRUMBLE OR HOUSE-MADE PASTA WITH FARMER’S MARKET VEGGIES

LO PRINCIPAL 

SALMON WITH PUMPKIN SEED CRUST WITH GRILLED VEGGIES AND GREENS GRILLED EGGPLANT (VEGETARIANS) WITH PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS

LO DULCE 

WHITE CHOCOLATE TIRAMISU OR PASSION FRUIT MOUSSE ON CHRISPY CREP

DINNER

LA BOTANA 

Oyster with Fermented Chiles AND Ali Tuna Tostadas AND Stake Tartare on Toast.

LO PRIMERO

Shrimp, Tortilla Soup OR Ravioli with mushroom cream OR Butter Lettuce and Zen Vinaigrette

LO PRINCIPAL

Wagyu Beef Tips, Sorrel, Lemon, and Fennel OR Sea Bass, Potatoes, Hoja Santa, and Squash Blossoms OR Lamb with walnut crust and Green Mole. OR Salmon with Pumpkin seed Crust OR Lobster, Farro, and Fennel

LO DULCE

Honey Semifreddo with Milk Ice Cream and Caramel Crunch OR Tres Leches “Wedding Cake OR Mexican Chocolate mousse

DINNER

LA BOTANA 

POINT REYES SMOKED OYSTERS WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE AND EMPANADAS

LO PRIMERO 

BEEF-TAKE TOMATO SALAD WITH BURRATA AND OLIVE CRUMBLE OR HOUSE-MADE PASTA WITH FARMER’S MARKET VEGGIES

LO PRINCIPAL 

SALMON WITH PUMPKIN SEED CRUST WITH GRILLED VEGGIES AND GREENS GRILLED EGGPLANT (VEGETARIANS) WITH PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS

LO DULCE 

WHITE CHOCOLATE TIRAMISU OR PASSION FRUIT MOUSSE ON CHRISPY CREP

Corporate Event – 60 People

1. Mini Beef Wellington Bites: These small bites pack a punch with succulent tenderloin steak wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, mushroom duxelles, and a dab of Dijon for a spicy kick.

2. Gourmet Stuffed Mushrooms: These mushrooms are filled with a rich mixture of cream cheese, garlic, fresh herbs, and crispy panko breadcrumbs, topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan, and baked until golden.

3. Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce: Freshly grilled jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic, lime, and spices. Served with a tangy and herby chimichurri sauce that adds flavor.

4. Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Walnuts: Warm, creamy Brie cheese baked with sweet fig jam and crunchy walnuts, served with toasted baguette slices. It’s an irresistible combination of sweet and savory.

5. Pork Belly Sliders: Slow-roasted pork belly served in a mini brioche bun with coleslaw and a spicy BBQ sauce. These small sliders are heavy on taste and satisfaction.

6. Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Sourdough Bread: A creamy and cheesy dip filled with spinach and artichokes, baked to perfection, and served with sourdough bread for dipping.

7. Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites: Decadent mac and cheese made with chunks of succulent lobster meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried to a golden brown. Served with a spicy aioli.

8. Mini Chicken and Waffles: Miniature buttermilk waffles topped with a piece of fried chicken and drizzled with spicy maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the Southern classic perfect as a heavy appetizer.

9. Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos: Crisp wonton chips piled high with fresh ahi tuna marinated in soy, sesame, and green onions, topped with avocado, micro cilantro, and drizzled with sriracha aioli.

10. Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Aioli: Locally sourced artichokes grilled to perfection, served with rich and creamy garlic aioli.

11. Dungeness Crab Cakes: Hearty cakes made from fresh Dungeness crab, pan-seared and served with a tangy remoulade.

12. California Roll Sushi Bites: Mini sushi bites filled with crab, avocado, and cucumber, topped with sesame seeds. Served with a side of soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi.

13. Avocado and Goat Cheese Quesadillas: Toasted tortillas filled with creamy goat cheese and slices of fresh California avocado, served with pico de gallo.

14. Baja Shrimp Tacos: Miniature tacos filled with grilled shrimp, cabbage slaw, fresh cilantro, and a drizzle of chipotle crema.

15. Sonoma Olive Tapenade on Crostini: A rich and flavorful tapenade made with a blend of Sonoma’s finest olives, capers, and fresh herbs, served atop toasted crostini.

16. Mini Carnitas Tostadas: Crispy mini tostadas topped with slow-cooked carnitas, fresh guacamole, queso fresco, and a dollop of sour cream. Finished with a sprig of fresh cilantro.

17. Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers: Colorful bell peppers stuffed with a hearty mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. Seasoned with a blend of spices and topped with fresh avocado and cilantro. This dish is pleasing to the eye and packed with protein and fiber.

18. Vegan Sushi Rolls: These sushi rolls feature a variety of fresh vegetables, such as cucumber, avocado, and bell peppers. They’re rolled in sushi rice and nori, then served with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi. This is a refreshing and healthy appetizer.

19. Vegan Lentil Meatballs with Tomato Sauce: These meatless meatballs are made from lentils, breadcrumbs, and a mix of herbs and spices. They’re served in a rich, flavorful tomato sauce garnished with fresh basil. Despite being free from meat, they’re still incredibly satisfying.

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Let’s Work Together!

 

Testimonials

“Luis was an absolute pleasure to work with I highly recommend! I was planning a corporate sales event from out of state in Las Vegas and Chef Luis had great communication and was very helpful along the way, and flexible with requests. By event day our clients were completely blown away by the cuisine and level of service for a personal chef experience at their San Rafael location. Luis provided a fine dining multi-course lunch and printed menus with our logo. Thanks again Chef!!”

– Hannah Aguirre

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

“Luis is amazing- he catered our wedding for 60 people with the most delicious Spanish tapas and paella- and even with one of our helpers backing out, he pulled it off seamlessly and helped make our wedding day perfect. He is professional and talented and I recommend him for any of your catering or private chef needs!”

– Nicole Shoaf

“Recomiendo encarecidamente los servicios de Luis Lagos como chef. Tuve el placer de trabajar con él en un evento y su profesionalismo, creatividad y habilidades culinarias realmente sobresalieron. Desde el comienzo de la planificación hasta la presentación final de los platos, Luis fue detallista y se aseguró de que cada aspecto fuera excepcional. La comida que preparó fue absolutamente deliciosa y los invitados no dejaron de elogiarla. Si está buscando a alguien que le ofrezca una experiencia gastronómica única y memorable, ¡no busque más allá de Luis Lagos!”

– Nicole Klipstein

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