CHEF ANDREA GRAY
"My culinary began journey in the kitchens of New York City’s Little Italy. At the age of 16, as an au pair in France, I began to explore Provençal cooking. Married, my mother-in-law taught me the Puerto Rican cuisine of my husband's home. I added to this foundation as Executive Chef/Owner of Tai-Pan Diane, an Asian fusion restaurant in New York’s City Island. But it wasn’t until I came to San Francisco that I really came into my own as a chef, where we are blessed with locally-sourced, organic ingredients and a food scene is all about a chef’s creativity: the perfect culinary crossroads for the myriad of cuisines I love to prepare". Author of the award-winning cookbook, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, since, 2003 Chef Gray has cooked for Bay area C-level executives from such firms as AirBnB and Google, lead team-building events and catered board luncheons for Twitter and Levi Strauss; ladies nights-out, non-profit fundraising events, and other gatherings of up to 50 people.
357 FIVE-STAR reviews, Best Female Chef 2016 and # 1 Personal Chef 2015 on Thumbtack 2015, Best Private Chef San Francisco Best Businesses 2015 & 2016
"Thank you so much for an amazing meal! It was absolutely fantastic!! It was exactly what I was hoping for, down to the smallest detail! I can't wait for another excuse to work with you again." (Lisa S. June 21, 2017)
“Before the event, Andrea took great care to create a menu that would fit our party. At the party, she and her staff created a wonderful dinner and they were very friendly without creating any distractions. I can definitely recommend her.”( Paul W.May 17, 2015)
“Andrea served a delicious meal and provided amazing service. We had a 5 course sit down dinner and she timed it perfectly with each dish presented beautifully.” (Lana G. April 25, 2015)
"Delicious food, great service, kitchen perfectly clean afterward! The easiest and best dinner party for 12 people I have ever hosted!!” (Nikki April 9, 2015 )
“Andrea did a fantastic job to help me throw a private dinner party for my wife’s birthday. We were 23 guests and Andrea was very constructive and helpful in devising a menu with my feedback. Execution was flawless and she left the kitchen in pristine condition. Highly recommended.” (Christophe Jan. 11, 2015)
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All about food, culture and life in (and recipes from) San Francisco's Mission District
"COOKING IS AN ART FORM...
YOU FIRST HAVE TO LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS...
AND THEN, ONCE THEY’RE THERE, ONCE THEY’RE JUST PART OF YOU, AND YOU GET UP AND DO A LITTLE DANCE & YOU CAN TAKE OFF ON YOUR OWN…” -JUDITH JONES
- Classic & New American
- Cuban/Puerto Rican
Californio Cuisine, is my culinary crossroad, where I celebrate the bounty of fresh local ingredients, great seafood and sustainable farming here in the Bay Area; and the rich heritage of Mexican cooking in California that began when the first settlers from Mexico brought their culinary tools and flavors north with them.
The old world techniques— the time taken to grind spices with a mortar and pestle, toast seeds and chiles on a comal, work masa to make tortillas by hand— all honor ingredients and coax out the flavors in a way is almost magical.
This may mean making a Caesar salad dressing in a molcajete, as in the video just above or making my signature Minestrone soup with roasted poblano chiles and house made chorizo, or the way Mexican chocolate is my go-to for Chocolate Pot au Creme.