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 conscientious 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 which truly can be called a one stop shop. Chris 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.
Allie P - Event Coordinator
Allie graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, with a BA in English. She is fun energetic and pays great attention to detail, because of the inner cook and artist that she has inside. She is excited to join the Culinary Excellence team and be a helping hand through all of her clients’ events.
Christopher C - Executive Chef
Christopher joined the CE team a little while ago, and is so excited about being able to work with such a tight knit group. He is looking forward to bringing new items and dishes to the menu, as well as using seasonal local fresh ingedients. He has a wonderful loving family and kids, and can't wait to be able to embark on a new journey. He's excited for you to try his amazing food at one of our complimentary tastings.
Ethan C - Warehouse Manager
Ethan has been a part of the Culinary Excellence famiy for just about a year, and he is so increibly handy! He enjoys building new installations, and helping to bring the visions our coordinators have to life. There isn't anything he can't do when asked, and he is always willing and ready. No vision is too big, or to bizarre for him to bring it to life.
Jazmin Sorto - Dishwasher
Jazmin 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 3 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.