ABOUT SPENCER

Throughout my life, food has meant many things to me: family... celebration... community... adventure... love.  

 

After years working in restaurants and catering companies, I decided it was time to create food on my own terms. With Northern California Wine Country as my backdrop, I take inspiration from the surrounding environment to create memorable meals for you and your guests.

 

Raised in the Lower Hudson Valley just north of New York City, I began working with food during high school. After graduating from college, I decided to take cooking seriously. I worked my way through kitchens in Philadelphia, New York City and Sonoma county (most notably L'Artusi and Blue Ribbon Sushi & Izakaya); in the process, I gained exposure to the styles and techniques of a variety of cuisines, including French, Italian, Spanish, American Barbecue, and Japanese Izakaya.

I left the restaurant world so that I could pursue my passion for creating and sharing intimate dining experiences with my guests.  After growing tired of cooking the same menu night after night, I now relish the variety in both settings and cuisines that being a private chef offers.  Outside of my own private parties, I work as an in-house chef to facilitate events at Gary Farrel Vineyards & Winery, William Selyem Winery, and Dutton Estate Winery. Whether I'm cooking at one of our beautiful local wineries, a stunning vacation rental, or the comfort of your own home, I look forward to helping you create the meal of your dreams! 

Sonoma * Napa * Marin * San Francisco * East Bay
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Spencer Hochman // Private Chef