About Culinary Excellence
Culinary Excellence is a full-service catering company with over 30 years of experience. We specialize in custom catering of the highest quality while using local resources. We are also consciences about that fact that each business has the ability to make an impact on the world. In doing our part we have become a Green Certified Business.
While we are first and foremost a catering company we have developed over the years into a “one-stop-shop” for all your special event needs. We offer a variety of services including, but not limited to; wedding coordination and event planning, floral design and installation, lighting and production services, sweets and treats, furniture rentals and more!
We pride ourselves on being able to help our clients bring to life their “Pinterest board visions”. By working side by side we create memorable experience both they and their guests will enjoy. There is no party too big or too small. Please take a look through our website and let us know how we can be of service to you.
Meet the Family
Christian H - Chef/Owner
Christian was the head of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Oakland for 14 years, however after suffering a near death episode, he decided life was just too short, and he wanted to do something else that he loved. With that in mind he went back to school at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After finish at the CCA, he realized that he had a true passion for pastry, so he decided to further his training at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, Napa where he spent a year studying pastry. After his time at the CIA he felt that if he truly wanted to learn pastry there was only one place in the world he could really go to learn it properly and that was Paris. He attended Ecole le Notre in Paris, France, where he spent a year studying and learning the finer points of pastry. Upon returning to the states in 2004 Chris was eager to get right to work so he bought Culinary Excellence from a sweet German couple that was ready to retire. Since purchasing the company it has done nothing but grow and expand from a small 4,000 square foot operation to a 14,000 square foot operation with truly can be a one stop shop. Chris truly loves what he does and can't wait to continue the adventure. While he may be a trained chef and patisserie he still has some guilty pleasures...Twinkies and Craft Boxed Mac N' Cheese!!
Jessica H - Event Coordinator/Office Manager
Jessica graduated from Chapman University in the Spring of 2010 with her degree in vocal performance. She then went on to receive her masters from Oklahoma City University in 2012 in Opera Performance. While singing has always and will always be a passion of hers, it doesn't quite pay the bills. She has worked with Culinary Excellence since high school in many different capacities (server, bar tender, kitchen, captain.) When she finished her degrees she knew she had a desire to continue helping clients celebrate their life milestones. She takes great pleasure in making sure her clients days are stress free and spectacular. Her childhood favorite was (and still is) liverwurst on wonder bread. Don't worry though she is well versed on world wide cuisines, and goes to a Moroccan restaurant every year for her birthday.
Alanna Z - Event Coordinator/VP of Sales and Marketing
Alanna graduated from San Jose State University in the Spring of 2011 with her degree in child and adolescent development. She first came to Culinary Excellence as a bride in 2013. She worked with Jessica to plan and execute her wedding, and they became great friends, so when Culinary Excellence needed another coordinator she jumped at the chance. As a child her favorite food was boxed pasta Alfredo with canned tuna and sweet peas, luckily for you though her tastes have greatly developed since then and he favorite cuisine is Thai.
Tony T - Warehouse Manager
Tony has been with Culinary Excellence for three years, and has been instrumental in developing the audio visual and lighting departments. His favorite type of cuisine is Indian, however his childhood favorite was Mac N' Cheese. If he could have one super power it would be flying.
Julio S. - Chef
Julio is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico but immigrated to the United States in 2000. Julio has been with Culinary Excellence for 4 years now, and is a true addition to our team. His favorite food is ice cream, and he is known to eat so much he makes himself sick.
Delfino D - Chef
Del has been with Culinary Excellence for 2 years now and is a wonderful team player. He works both in the main kitchen as well as executing our events. His favorite Cuisine is Thai, and he makes a mean shrimp Thai curry.
Margartia H -
Margarita came to Culinary Excellence about a year ago, and she is incredibly fast with dishes. She keeps us flowing when we have a quick turn around between event. We love having her as part of the family. Her favorite cuisine is Italian.
Milo - Family Mascot
Milo is a 1 year old Bernese Mountain dog and while he can be hyper at times he is nothing but a lover. He keeps us all young and active and helps us to unwind when we are getting busy. His favorite cuisine is Denta Chew Bones.