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Private Chef - Exceptional Holiday Fare
Private Chef - Exceptional Holiday Fare
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Enjoy a traditional soul-warming holiday feast taken to the next level by Chef Gustavo.
During this private chef experience, Chef Gustavo will prepare for you an exceptional holiday meal starring gourmet classic comfort food. Some of the dishes you can look forward to choosing from during this experience include classic potato leek soup, garlic and herb roasted beef tenderloin with au jus, butterflake dinner rolls, maple glazed sweet potatoes, bourbon chocolate pecan pie with vanilla bean Chantilly cream and so much more!
Greens with persimmons and pomegranate seeds and herb vinaigrette
Fig, pistachio and orange baked brie or cranberry baked brie
Festive Christmas charcuterie and cheese board
“White Christmas” potato leek soup
Garlic and herb roasted beef tenderloin with au jus gravy
Bourbon honey glazed baked ham
Served with garlic herb compound butter
Classic yeast dinner rolls
Butterflake dinner rolls
Four cheese baked macaroni and cheese with panko breadcrumb topping
Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon lardons and walnuts
Carrot soufflé with pecan streusel topping
Haricot verts with crispy onions
Maple glazed sweet potatoes
Crème brûlée: Choice of classic vanilla, eggnog or peppermint chocolate
Bourbon chocolate pecan pie with vanilla bean Chantilly cream
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please mention this in the message field when you submit your booking request.
- Minimum Guests 2
- Maximum Guests 30
- Meal Courses 4
- Event Duration 4 hours
- Chef Arrival Time 2 hours prior to the selected serving time
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Gustavo
20 Mar 2023
It was a pleasurable way to spend an evening and a cozy atmosphere. We experienced some delicious meals from across regions in South America and learn some cultural background. Chef Gustavo also demonstrated the various meals such that we can try them at home.
11 Mar 2023
Amazing experience with Chef Gustavo! Not only was the food delicious, but we left having learned about the recipes’ cultural influences and tips and tricks in the kitchen.
08 Mar 2023
My boyfriend and I had THE most incredible time with chef Gustavo! Such a thoughtful, fun and delicious experience. Chef Gustavo took the time to explain each dish and we learned so much (did I mention the food was incredible?). We will definitely be back for more. Highly recommended!
28 Feb 2023
We had a great night cooking with Chef Gustavo! He was so kind, knowledgeable, and professional. The food was amazing, and we can’t wait to try these recipes at home!
28 Feb 2023
Chef Gustavo is clean, professional and passionate about hosting and sharing stories and food tips of all things Argentinian.
28 Feb 2023
Good fun, very relaxed and informative. Beef was delicious.
27 Feb 2023
Unforgettable experience! We had fun, learned super interesting things and ate really good food! Chef Gustavo knows well his stuff!!!
19 Feb 2023
We had a great time! Great food! Amazing service
18 Feb 2023
Chef Gustavo was warm and welcoming. He had incredible stories about life in Argentina. And the food we helped prepare was delicious! Highly recommend!
18 Feb 2023
Fantastic!!! A joyous and delicious Argentinian experience. The food was delicious and Chef Gustavo was a great tour guide explaining the regions and culinary roots of Argentina.
15 Feb 2023
I got this for my partner as a Christmas gift and we absolutely loved it. Chef Gustavo cultivated a great environment and is highly knowledgeable about Latin American cuisine. He gave great tips and we had a lot of fun. Highly recommend!
06 Feb 2023
Gustavo was amazing! It was great to learn from such an experienced chef!
06 Feb 2023
We loved our experience with Cozymeal and Chef Gustavo! The meal was delicious. Chef Gustavo shared a lot of great cooking tips throughout too.
05 Feb 2023
Gustavo is wonderful! He is engaging, welcoming, professional and knowledgeable. Our evening was filled with learning skills, culture and various food qualities all while enjoying the food we prepared and Gustavo's presence.
04 Feb 2023
My daughter Noa and her boyfriend LOVED the class! Said it was the best Christmas gift ever!
03 Feb 2023
fantastic hosting and instruction :-)
30 Jan 2023
Always a great experience. Everything is so lovely!!
28 Jan 2023
Chef Gustavo was an awesome teacher!
26 Jan 2023
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful host and instructor. My wife and I enjoyed the class and the food we had helped prepare.
23 Jan 2023
Could not been more pleased with the experience! Will definitely book another meal :)
21 Jan 2023
A great experience all around!
20 Jan 2023
This class was wonderful! Chef Fustavi is an excellent teacher, and the food we made was delicious. He gave us a lot of tips and explanations on food preparation and knife skills. This was a great experience, and I highly recommend this class.
19 Jan 2023
The team really enjoyed this cooking class with Chef Gustavo - thank you!
17 Jan 2023
Excellent experience…was welcomed to a family dinner
17 Jan 2023
Chef Gustavo hosts an incredible cooking class! He’s very personable and entertaining and he teaches you a lot of good tips and tricks for cooking at home. All of the food we prepare and cook is phenomenal!
16 Jan 2023
Gustavo was excellent at showing prepping methods for veggies. The meat was excellent and a great showcase on argentine style grilling and culture. He even gets into wine and Yerba maté!
15 Jan 2023
A great education on preparing and grilling meat, as well as, Argentine history and culture.
13 Jan 2023
Amazing Experience !
09 Jan 2023
09 Jan 2023
Chef Gustavo is awesome. Great teacher and terrific host. A fantastic experience I would happily repeat. I learned some very useful things that I immediately put into use at home. And the meal was amazing. -- CZ
08 Jan 2023
Chef Gustavo was very accommodating with our schedule request and made the experience fun. It was informative and the food was both generous and delicious.
06 Jan 2023
31 Dec 2022
31 Dec 2022
We had a wonderful time! Chef Gustavo was a great host. He taught us all how to prep and cook a delicious meal.
30 Dec 2022
OMG We had an amazing experience. Chef was fabulous and the Vibe was awesome. My friends truly enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you for the opportunity to share in this amazing experience. I have done cooking school classes but this was even more intimate. Our other family were so nice and added to our adventure. Lynn, Sandra and Nancy❤️
26 Dec 2022
Amazing experience with a true argentinian chef, we recently moved from Costa Rica, so having some Latin American coussine was just what we needed to close 2022. Great cooking lesson with super good food and ingredients selection. Thank you chef for a great night! We'll comeback for sure!
23 Dec 2022
We had a wonderful time with Chef Gustavo. He taught us some basic cooking techniques and shared pieces of Argentinian culture. Thanks!
05 Dec 2022
This was such an excellent experience! Chef Gustavo was very warm and welcoming — talking to us not only about the dishes but also sharing some cooking/food stories — which made for a very intimate experience. Chef Gustavo was very knowledgeable about the dishes we were making and was great at teaching us some cooking fundamentals that elevated our cooking — even as home cooks that cook frequently. The food turned out delicious and my partner and I walked away with a great experience together! I cannot recommend this experience enough.
05 Dec 2022
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful teacher, host, and story teller! My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the coziness that he brought to his class as well as a perfect menu. The best takeaways were Chef Gustavo’s kitchen skills, teaching everything from handling knives to specific ways to prep vegetables.
28 Nov 2022
The experience with Chef Gustavo was amazing. The company, conversation and of course the food is a great gift, and a wonderful way to spend an evening. It was our second time, and we look forward to more in the future.
24 Nov 2022
This was our first cozymeal experience, and it will be a tough one to beat! Chef Gustavo knows his stuff, has great stories, was very welcoming and warm, gave us tips and taught us more than just what was on the menu. Highly recommend for cookers and learners of all level!
29 Oct 2022
Chef Gustavo was fabulous, fun and the food was exquisite!
20 Oct 2022
Chef Gustavo's class was fantastic! He welcomed us warmly and had everything prepared for our arrival. His instructions were clear, and he made it easy for even a novice chef to participate. He had a deep knowledge of the region and the food, and a clear passion for both! What a GREAT experience and a memorable date night. We will definitely be back for another class with Chef Gustavo!
17 Oct 2022
Chef Gustavo created a wonderful night full of fun teaching, yummy food, and a lovely atmosphere. I took the class with my partner and we had a great time. Highly recommend a night with Chef Gustavo!
10 Oct 2022
Gustavo is such a charming guy and really made us feel welcome in his kitchen! The cooking tips he gave us were practical enough we could actually use them at home, and the food was incredible.
09 Oct 2022
Amazing experience, we had a great time with Gustavo! Great chef, great teacher and above all great human being.
07 Oct 2022
One word: wow! Chef Gustavo was absolutely wonderful! Not only is he a great chef, but also a great and patient teacher. We loved how every dish had a different story that encompassed his creativity. We will definitely be back very soon!
25 Sep 2022
19 Sep 2022
Great class with delicious food, and on top of that, you learn a lot about the history of each dish and how to prepare it. It's clear chef Gustavo loves teaching people about South American food and it shows.
17 Sep 2022
Highly recommend this class! Chef Gustavo was a great teacher and we made some delicious food. Outside of learning the recipes, you learn a lot of general cooking tips too. We’ll definitely be taking more classes with Chef Gustavo!
10 Sep 2022
Chef Gustavo is a total pro! We had a wonderful experience, ate some delicious food, and learned some valuable information. I plan on taking one of his other classes in the future.
07 Sep 2022
We had the best time! A fun night with great food and we learned a lot.
04 Sep 2022
We had a wonderful time! Gustavo did a great job explaining the steps we took in preparing our meal, and we learned a couple of techniques to use at home. His space is welcoming and it was just as fun talking to him as it was cooking.
29 Aug 2022
Chef Gustavo was INCREDIBLE! The kitchen setup was so warm and inviting, he was such a wonderful host, and the food was delicious! We learned so much from him and definitely want to take another class with him in the future. We celebrated a birthday/anniversary and it was PERFECT.
28 Aug 2022
Excellent class and delicious flavors. Can’t recommend enough! Thank you very much, Chef Gustavo.
24 Aug 2022
We had a wonderful dinner with Chef Gustavo!
23 Aug 2022
Excellent class held in a cute intimate space. I enjoyed the small group experience. Everything tasted delicious and Chef Gustavo made home instructions easy to follow. I loved how he incorporated some history into our class.
22 Aug 2022
What a beautiful experience! Chef Gustavo really took us step-by-step into the experience of making 2 delicious dishes. He made us feel right at home. Would absolutely recommend!
21 Aug 2022
We had a fantastic time with Chef Gustavo! We learned many new chopping/dicing tips and techniques in the gazpacho prep, the gazpacho was delicious and so light & fresh! After our first course we headed to Chef Gustavo’s back courtyard to learn more about the history of the traditional paella dish and take part in the cooking of the dish under the bistro lights. The end result was the best paella all of us had ever had - lots and lots of different seafood! We didn’t think we would have room for dessert but we couldn’t pass up such a perfect end to a perfect night. Thank you Chef Gustavo!
14 Aug 2022
I don't even know where to start, because Chef Gustavo went above and beyond customer service from start to finish to make my friends bachelorette party an unforgettable experience. Gustavo was prompt to answer all my questions prior to the event. He accommodated many food allergies without any complications, and recommended the perfect wine for the dinner. His passion for cooking is contagious. We learned not only about tips and tricks to make a perfect 3 course meal that is not only delicious but also pleasing to the eye, but also how to prepare food from fresh, organic food with minimal waste. Gustavo also shared the history of where Paella comes from. w We loved every minute of the day. It was 9 of us and our ages were between 30 - 65 years old. Thank you Chef Gustavo, you are amazing. :)
10 Aug 2022
Chef Gustavo was excellent! I loved the history he gives behind every dish. He cooks with fresh produce and all of his dishes were easy and delicious! I especially loved his Octopus! Never have I had it so tender and crispy. Can’t wait to try another one of his classes.
02 Aug 2022
We absolutely loved our class with Chef Gustavo. He was warm, friendly, passionate, and so knowledgeable. He did a great job making accommodations for dietary needs of our diverse corporate group, and he also accounted for the beginner and more advanced cooking skills across our team members. We strongly recommend booking with Chef Gustavo, and hope to return soon. We had an indoor experience and outdoor frying paella in the chef's private garden. One note is that some team members were confused by the location because a nearby property was vacant/under construction, but once we saw his lovely sign "Chef Gustavo" we knew we were in the right place.
01 Aug 2022
Chef Gustavo's food was delicious, and he was very informative and had lots of good tips
27 Jul 2022
I rarely leave online reviews - only when I have excellent or very bad experiences (I find these the most useful to share with others..). The cooking/dining session with Chef Gustavo is one of the best pleasant/enjoyable my wife and I have done in a long time. It was absolutely fantastic in all counts: the food was top notch, the experience in terms of the learning and the interaction with Gustavo a pure joy, and we actually learned how to cook Paella (which I was initially wary as being a complex dish), simple but richly tasteful appetizers and dessert. We will not only be cooking these at home for us, family and friends, but we will surely return for another wonderful lesson and memorable experience with Chef Gustavo (and bring friends & family along). Gracias, Gustavo por su gran hospitalidad y excelente lección/experiencia culinaria!!! Marielle & Omar
20 Jul 2022
Our experience with Chef Gustavo was excellent! We learned some great cooking skills, met some wonderful people, and ate incredible food! Chef Gustavo was so kind and skilled, he made the entire experience so enjoyable, and we cannot wait to go again!
18 Jul 2022
Great atmosphere, great recipes
12 Jul 2022
Chef Gustavo was an excellent teacher! He is personable, approachable, and has a great sense of humor. The food was delicious. We loved this class.
11 Jul 2022
06 Jul 2022
Chef Gustavo provides an awesome experience. Gives a brief history of the food and its origins. His recipes are delicious and made to be cookable in an everyday home, which is much appreciated. Couldn't recommend him enough
03 Jul 2022
Had a great time in the class. Chef Gustavo makes cooking simple and not intimidating. You can easily take anything from his classes into the home kitchen.
29 Jun 2022
Great company, flavors, and fun! Thank you so much Gustavo for a lovely and educational experience.
28 Jun 2022
Our experience with Chef Gustavo was amazing, and we will certainly be taking another class with him!
13 Jun 2022
The family experience with Chef Gustavo was excellent! The food was great, and we learned multiple cooking techniques. Chef Gustavo also told us the background stories of the dishes and ingredients. The atmosphere was very calm and welcoming. Thanks!
12 Jun 2022
We had a great and enjoyable experience. We learned to put together excellent dishes easily. The meal was special. The place is very clean and has a lovely atmosphere. We had a lot of fun
12 Jun 2022
Gustavo is an excellent chef, able to put together the most beautiful and delicious dishes from basic ingredients. Explains and demonstrates well and gives good tips. The place is very clean and has a lovely atmosphere. We had a lot of fun
07 Jun 2022
Chef Gustavo was warm and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and amazing food.
07 Jun 2022
Chef Gustavo was wonderful! He taught helpful skills, severed excellent food, and was lovely throughout.
02 Jun 2022
Chef Gustavo was amazing and so warm and welcoming. We learned a lot!
02 Jun 2022
Simply the best experience. Chef Gustavo was an incredible host and instructor, the food was wonderful, and the dining experience beyond compare.
24 May 2022
What a great evening!
23 May 2022
Chef Gustavo provided an excellent culinary and cultural experience. The stories he shared from Argentina and the food we prepared were excellent. I appreciated the small group and the cozy environment.
15 May 2022
A fabulous experience with a phenomenal chef! We had a great time seeing that great tasting food requires only a few ingredients and easy to learn kitchen techniques. Every course was amazing, the food, company and instruction was top-notch!
09 May 2022
Chef Gustavo was incredible - he taught us technique, history, recipes all with a fluidity and soul that can’t be matched. Am booking another class for myself and my boyfriend soon.
09 May 2022
This class was amazing. Chef Gustavo was a delight to spend time with. He was incredibly knowledgeable and shared both practical advice, alongside amazing stories. We learned a lot about cooking, and have many tips to take home with us.
07 May 2022
Gustavo is absolutely amazing!!! I had an incredible experience. I learned a lot and had a wonderful date night.
22 Apr 2022
Great food.. Great hospitality. His love of cooking and for family and friends was quite apparent. We’ll be back again.
17 Apr 2022
Chef Gustavo was a terrific host and guide through every course we prepared. I’d recommend this experience to anyone who likes learning and eating!
16 Apr 2022
Chef Gustavo gave us an unforgettable experience. His kindness, energy, and passion made this class a fun and educational time. Each dish was a combination of unique flavors to me, and I’m so happy I learned how to make them. We loved that we got the story of how Chef learned how to make each dish and his special twists he applied based on his life. I absolutely recommend this class and any others that Chef Gustavo puts on.
15 Apr 2022
My wife and I had an experience we will never forget with Chef Gustavo. To get to the point, the meal was impeccable. Portions were great and the flavors were something we had never experienced. But what set this meal so far apart was the experience. Chef Gustavo was patience, funny, a wealth of knowledge, and brought a charm that immediately tells you he is passionate about what he does. We dined with two other guests and we had an absolute blast. Chef - thank you for welcoming us into your home and making the night so fun 20/10 would recommend!!!!
12 Apr 2022
This class was such a great way to spend our Anniversary!!! We had an AWESOME time and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.
12 Apr 2022
This was such a wonderful and enjoyable class. I recommend for anyone, singles, couples and families. Chef Gustavo is the best host. We will be booking again!
11 Apr 2022
Absolutely amazing. Chef Gustavo is very personable and humorous. We could smell the freshness of the ingredients as we worked which heightened the anticipation of the meal to come. The quality and taste of the food were excellent. I’m already looking to book my next class with Chef Gustavo! I highly recommend his class!
06 Apr 2022
Delightful and informative evening!
04 Apr 2022
We had a great night at Chef Gustavo’s cozy apartment! He also has a great backyard area that we used to cook the paella over a wood fire! Gustavo is super knowledgeable and willing to share tips and answer any questions you might have. I’d highly recommend him and would love to take another class in the future!
29 Mar 2022
This was a fantastic cooking class but it wasn’t just the amazing food it was all Chef Gustavo’s ability to share life within the food. He took us in an amazing journey throughout Peru in this class and the flavors complimented every story he shared. Would totally join hun again on another tasty adventure! Thank you so much Chef! -Walls Family
16 Mar 2022
Great food. Great company. And great teacher. Highly recommend.
13 Mar 2022
This was so fun and we learned a lot. The food we helped make was delicious. I highly recommend Chef Gustavo.
11 Mar 2022
I don't want to be dramatic but this was easily one of my favorite dining experiences of the year. I go to a lot of steakhouses and none of it touches the quality of meat we grilled and ate with Chef Gustavo. He has such a beautiful home and was so welcoming. Perfect activity for someone who loves to cook and who is still learning their way around the kitchen. To say I had a great time is just an understatement. Would do this class again and again. Chef Gustavo was incredible.
07 Mar 2022
My husband and I had such a great time at Chef Gustavo's home. It felt like we were having dinner with friends - he made us very comfortable and welcome. The food was amazing and we left with so many helpful tips from how to use a knife more efficiently to how to peel garlic the easy way! We highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn about grilling techniques in a fun, relaxing way!
05 Mar 2022
¡Perfectamente increíble! This was a night of new experiences. Never have I ever experienced such warm hospitality and what felt to be a loving and warm family atmosphere so quickly. I’ve also never experienced such amazing, fresh and vibrant flavors in a home-like setting. Chef Gustavo was like family from the moment he opened the door until the moment we left. He took extra time to teach my kids how to prepare the vegetables and grill the meats. My heart and stomach were full of happiness. Thank you very much! Mi corazón y estómago estaban llenos de felicidad. ¡Muchas gracias!
03 Mar 2022
Chef Gustavo was amazing and he has a lot of useful cooking knowledge that you can use at home (techniques about knife; how to keep food materials fresh longer). He is an expert of Latin American food cuisine. He not only taught us how to cook but also told us interesting experience when he was in Peru. He loves to learn history of a dish so he can tell you a lot things about a dish. His place is super cozy and nice too.
02 Mar 2022
Chef Gustavo is an amazing host. HIs expertise in Latin cuisine paired with his knowledge of the culture made for an incredibly enjoyable experience that we will not only recommend to our friends and family, but will also be booking another experience with him.
23 Feb 2022
We loved our very authentic experience with Chef Gustavo!
13 Feb 2022
Chef Gustavo is amazing and you can tell he loves what he does! Will take another class by him!
09 Feb 2022
Excellent!! Highly Recommended, chef Gustavo did an amazing job creating a great atmosphere and cooking a delicious food.
08 Feb 2022
I had the most amazing time during my experience!!! Chef Gustavo is absolutely wonderful, I simply do not have the words to describe how much I appreciated his insights, his stories, his banter, and the AMAZING meal we prepared with him. I took the class with my boyfriend a little over a week ago and we still talk about it every single day. We cannot stress enough how comfortable Gustavo made us feel. His kitchen prep is also incredibly helpful because it did not involve fancy tools or techniques which means we were able to easily follow along. He also explained everything so well that we are able to take the skills we learned and use them in our own homes now. Truly cannot say enough good things about the experience! Thank you Cozymeal and Chef Gustavo!
05 Feb 2022
Chef Gustavo is great! The food was excellent, he is patient, knowledgeable, and creates a very enjoyable experience throughout the meal. Highly recommended
03 Feb 2022
What a great night! Chef Gustavo is kind and social with great stories and techniques to share. We will definitely recommend Chef Gustavo and cozymeal to others.
30 Jan 2022
Gustavo gave us a wonderful evening of humor, cooking skills, and inspiration. The menu was a great value and everything came out perfectly. Would definitely take one of his classes again.
27 Jan 2022
What a fun evening. Good food. Great people. I even learned a lot.
25 Jan 2022
Chev Gustavo was an incredible host. Worth every penny!
22 Jan 2022
Ceviche was ?????
22 Jan 2022
Chef Gustavo was wonderful!! We had a full group and we had so much fun. The food was delicious, he shared all of his 'secrets' with us, and we all learned something about each of the places he selected dishes from. He spoke to us in Spanish and English and told us all kinds of stories. His kitchen is super cozy and fun, almost a perfect setup for something like this. He also mentioned he does outdoor experiences for some of his dishes and talked about his garden and his goals. This was our first Cozymeal experience and we will DEFINITELY be repeat customers.
12 Jan 2022
Chef Gustavo was nothing less than absolutely fabulous! His home is so warm and inviting and he is so full of wisdom and passion for cooking that we were completely blown away! The food was absolutely incredible and he taught us everything so we can make it at home! We will definitely be doing another class, thank you!!!
12 Jan 2022
Absolutely loved Chef Gustavo and his cooking class! He was so welcoming and made it a priority to show us that the meals we cooked in the class can be easily replicated at home. I enjoyed that it was a small group (only 6 people total) and that we were able to socialize, in addition to prep ingredients and help cook. Truly a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.
11 Jan 2022
Fabulous experience. Everything tasted great.
08 Jan 2022
So much fun! We had the most incredible time with Chef Gustavo. He gives so many wonderful tips and tricks that you can apply to everyday cooking, and the meal was delicious!
21 Dec 2021
Chef Gustavo is amazing! I highly recommend any of his classes. I got this cooking class for my fiancé as a Christmas gift. My fiancé said it was the best gift he has ever received and that’s all because of Gustavo. The ingredients were so fresh, his place is cute & cozy, his knowledge is impressive and most importantly the food was delicious. We learned so much and had so much fun. Thanks again Chef Gustavo!
17 Dec 2021
We had an absolute blast last night with Chef Gustavo in his South American Flavors class! He was extremely friendly and accommodating, and you could tell he cares so much about people leaving his class with the confidence to recreate the dishes at home. He gave a history/background for each dish and explained each step in ways a home chef can understand. Not to mention, the food was delicious! I recommend his classes to all and we will certainly be back!
08 Dec 2021
What an incredible experience! I did this class with my significant other and we had an absolute blast. Chef Gustavo is a master at his craft, and extremely informative about the entire process. He provided detailed explanations and storytelling for each dish and was delightful company for the evening. I will certainly be a repeating customer!
06 Dec 2021
Chef Gustavo’s Ibero American fusion class was incredible. He was such an excellent teacher and friendly person to spend the evening with. He has so much experience and knowledge about cooking that it was wonderful to learn from him. He answered all our questions and more. The shrimp dish was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Will definitely return for another class with him.
05 Dec 2021
Excellent! Could not recommend Chef Gustavo enough.
19 Nov 2021
Chef Gustavo is the best! This was one of the most authentic South American dining experiences in DC and the small intimate setting made it that much better. Chef Gustavo is so knowledgeable About the food and culture and makes you excited about it too. This was a phenomenal experience and I highly recommend this class no matter what skill level you are.
18 Nov 2021
Chef Gustavo was amazing! He was passionate, caring, kind and most importantly he cooked love in his heart!
13 Nov 2021
We loved loved loved our Cozymeal experience with Chef Gustavo. He was amazing. It was like learning to cook with a good friend. Thank you!!!
25 Oct 2021
I chose to take a class with chef Gustavo along with my partner for our anniversary. We both had a wonderful time. Chef's place was very cozy and immediately felt like home, which helped ease the unfamiliar feeling of going somewhere new. We were joined by two other people that came together and they were both wonderful people to meet during the evening. The food was fantastic, but the special part of the evening was the way chef Gustavo made the evening feel like a gathering of loved ones rather than a room full of strangers. We started off with some introductions and some safety tips before getting into the cooking. Once we began cooking the meal went along at a comfortable pace with chef Gustavo telling stories of his culinary journey to us as we enjoyed the food we all helped to prepare. I consider myself an intermediate home chef, and I learned a few things over the course of the evening, my partner is a little less experienced in the kitchen and she learned some things as well. What was impressive is that no matter your experience level, the environment was set so that everyone felt comfortable cooking and asking questions about what they were doing. I would say that the experience was like lightning in a bottle, but I have a feeling that chef Gustavo is good at making any group that goes into his kitchen feel happy to be there and excited to learn. Bottom line: I would absolutely book another experience with chef Gustavo, by all accounts everyone had a great time and the food was delicious. P.s. it may be a good idea to bring some Tupperware since there is a lot of food to eat (don't want to get too full after the first 2 courses)
18 Oct 2021
I can’t say enough good things about this experience. I purchased a three-hour cooking class with Chef Gustavo as a surprise gift, and my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time. Between Chef Gustavo’s engaging personality and artful, patient instruction, it’s hard to identify the best part of the experience, but we couldn’t have walked away more satisfied with the food or the instructor. The entire experience felt like cooking with a friend. At first, I was just interested in learning how to make ceviche dishes, but after tasting everything he taught us to make, I can honestly say I would make each of these dishes again. Everything tasted spectacular, and he made the learning fun and relaxing. The stories Chef Gustavo shared during the class were also incredibly informative and memorable. I never felt rushed at all. Chef Gustavo demonstrated his techniques and how to make the dish, then set us off on our own to try the recipes while always attentively being close by if we ever needed help. He made us feel like we were family. As for getting my money’s worth? Yes, yes, and Yes! The value was outstanding. The level of confidence that this class gave me to make these dishes again was priceless. You can teach technique, but it’s hard to teach confidence. Chef Gustavo somehow did it, though. So thank you, Chef Gustavo, for the confidence you gave us and this fun and memorable learning experience. To anyone who’s thinking of taking this class in the future, I highly recommend it. You will not regret it. I already plan to sign us up for another class later this year, and I would have no hesitation to recommend any class Chef Gustavo is facilitating.
05 Oct 2021
I highly recommend this experience with chef Gustavo, we had an amazing birthday celebration with delicious food, great company, and very useful cooking tips.
02 Oct 2021
Great meal with a fun cooking experience
27 Sep 2021
Wonderful experience: he was well prepared with knowledge of cooking the meals but also the history of where they come from.
20 Sep 2021
Amazing experience! Gustavo was very accommodating and helpful in his cooking techniques. The food was phenomenal and unique in the cooking methods used. I would highly recommend Gustavo to anyone looking for a date or gift idea.
17 Sep 2021
Nothing short of Amazing! Chef Gustavo provides more than a lesson, he creates a personal connection to himself, the culture, and the food.
17 Sep 2021
We had a lovely evening with Chef Gustavo and learned a ton! Great food and great conversation, would absolutely book another experience!
22 Aug 2021
Chef Gustavo was absolutely awesome!! He’s a great storyteller, teacher, entertainer, and most importantly, an unbelievable chef! The salmon wrapped in banana leaves was perfectly done, and the shrimp appetizer was extremely flavorful. I’d highly recommend a chef Gustavo class to anyone who’s looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply to break from the usual restaurant routine. Will definitely be going back!
18 Aug 2021
Chef Gustavo is the best! Great instructor! It was a pleasure learning and dining with him!
03 Aug 2021
Amazing class. Learned a lot of new techniques. Will definitely be making several of the dishes. Looking forward to booking again.
01 Aug 2021
Will book again!
01 Aug 2021
Some of the best food I have ever had! I can’t recommend this class enough.
30 Jul 2021
27 Jul 2021
Thank you for such a wonderful experience. We wanted to celebrate our son’s 30th birthday and Chef Gustavo certainly helped with a memorable evening. Fun, informative, and delicious meal! I would highly recommend Chef Gustavo and we will definitely spread the word.
26 Jul 2021
Chef Gustavo was wonderful! My family and I had an amazing time and learned so much from him! He is very nice and knowledgable.
18 Jul 2021
We had an excellent time with Chef Gustavo. His menu choice was excellent, he made us feel like family and the food was Absolutely Amazing. Please check him out. You will love him too!
12 Jul 2021
We had a wonderful experience with Chef Gustavo. Not only was the food delicious but we also enjoyed the Chef's thorough explanation of each recipe. As people who love to cook, we thought the practical approach that Chef Gustavo taught was incredibly helpful, informative, and easy to duplicate in our own kitchen.
08 Jul 2021
We had such a great experience learning and cooking with Chef Gustavo. The food was absolutely delicious! This was our first class with him and we would definitely book again!
03 Jul 2021
Chef Gustavo was a pleasure to learn from and very friendly. We loved this cooking class with him!
04 Jun 2021
Chef Gustavo is a master cook, entertainer, conversationist and all around good time. I highly recommend him!!!! It’s was a great time. I will def be signing up for another class. He is knowledgeable, fun and creative. Learned so much about cooking , traditions and cultural history :) felt like we were Freinds for years!!!!! You will definitely not regret it! Best in Washington DC!!!! El mejor!!!!
03 Jun 2021
We had a great time with Chef Gustavo and the food was delicious!! His cooking space was terrific and the ingredients were very fresh. We learned a number of new tips and techniques for both food prep and shopping for the best ingredients, including fresh fish. I have definitely overcome my fear of making ceviche! We loved his stories about his background and culture, which added a richness to the whole experience. Thanks again, Chef, for a great evening!
25 Apr 2021
My mother and I had a wonderful time in Chef Gustavo’s home. One recipe we learned has become my mother go to. I 100% recommend.
24 Mar 2021
Awesome experience! He was great, knowledgeable, and very fun. I would do this again!
21 Mar 2021
I really enjoyed this course! I posted a Google review with a more thorough review. But in general, the preparations the chef made were great, the cooking space was spacious and beautiful, the ingredients were very fresh, the cooking techniques we learned were completely new to me and very valuable (I will now eat peppers!), and the explanations of the cultural history and the family stories made it very entertaining and gave me a deeper appreciation for the food.
16 Mar 2021
Amazing and delicious!
15 Mar 2021
I would highly recommend this experience for any occasion. My girlfriend and I did this for a date night and the experience with Chef Gustavo was wonderful. The environment of his kitchen is warm and welcoming. Chef Gustavo is engaging and teaches about cooking while also telling stories. And the food was wonderful. A truly great event for any occasion.
01 Mar 2021
Chef Gustavo was a pleasure. The whole evening was enjoyable and the food was fantastic. I will absolutely refer his classes to my friends! John and Linda Coney
16 Feb 2021
Great food and ambiance. Chef Gustavo was very personable, gave easy directions and told good stories. Highly recommend!
31 Jan 2021
We had a great time with Chef Gustavo. He is very knowledgeable and kept us all engaged. Looking forward to trying the recipes at home
31 Jan 2021
09 Jan 2021
Chef Gustavo Peruvian gathering was exceptional. We had an amazing evening getting all the tips to make our first cooking experience with Cozymeal extraordinary. We really enjoyed because he made us feel like we where all old friends in a get together. I will definitively recommend him and will be coming back for more classes. Thanks again for a great night.
06 Jan 2021
Chef Gustavo was absolutely amazing! Such a charming spirit. He explained every little detail to us and provided great cooking tips to know in general. Chef Gustavo made my birthday so special with his hospitality and friendly spirit! Did I mention the food was IMPECCABLE?! I am so pleased, I will definitely be going back again!
02 Jan 2021
Experience was amazing! Extremely professional and simplified each recipe that anyone could follow along. Food was amazing and better than the paella we had in Barcelona. We will definitely be cooking with him again soon!
08 Dec 2020
The experience with chef Gustavo was excellent. Since he received us he was very attentive and friendly. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for making our class better than we expected. I loved all its protocol (music, atmosphere, fireplace) small details but that made this experience unique and very good. I recommend 100% chef Gustavo, his food was exquisite and I did not doubt it when I chose him from cozymeal that it was going to be the best decision. A chef with a heart who puts heart and soul to his profession and I will definitely take classes with him again :) thank you for your time, patience and always be very kind. Is easy to find chefs but not easy to find a real one with heart and love for what he does.
06 Dec 2020
I don't think we could recommend a class with Chef Gustavo highly enough. The food was absolutely extraordinary, but the lessons learned in the class itself were even more useful and made the experience so much more enjoyable. I'm by no means an expert chef, and Gustavo went out of the way to make the experience accessible to even someone with basic knowledge of cooking techniques, giving me plenty of useful tips that I'll apply to everything I make from now on. Additionally, Chef Gustavo went to great lengths to make us feel comfortable by wearing masks, thoroughly cleaning surfaces, and arranging the kitchen to keep distancing while also making the cooking experience enjoyable.
06 Dec 2020
11 Nov 2020
Really a terrific experience! Can't recommend Chef Gustavo enough. We're advanced cooks, but learned new techniques, tricks, and of course dishes. Have to say, this was a great deal. An opportunity to learn a new cuisine and enjoy a wonderful meal.
10 Nov 2020
Chef Gustavo was very knowledgeable and down to earth. It is very apparent that he is not only passionate about cooking, but he is also passionate about sharing it with others. My fiance found this activity and it was such a special and unique way to spend our anniversary. I highly recommend!
09 Nov 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Chef Gustavo, who wove together cooking instructions with tips on technique and cookware, colorful stories about the origins of the recipes we made and stories about the places he has traveled and honed his craft. Chef Gustavo's depth of experience was evident and the atmosphere he created felt warm and personal. Crucially, in these strange Covid times, it also felt very safe: he had put great thought into how we could proceed safely and had a regimen to keep things thoroughly sanitized. My husband and I learned a lot, had a chance to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal that we could take some pride in. We will definitely be recreating some of the dishes we learned that night. Thank you, Chef Gustavo! Nicole & Shaun
31 Oct 2020
Chef Gustavo’s passion for cooking and his storytelling in an intimate, cozy setting made for a wonderful experience. The 3-course meal was amazing. I learned a lot and had a fantastic, unforgettable time.
05 Oct 2020
Gustavo was amazing! Some of the best food I've had in a long time. His place is incredibly comfortable and inviting to all, I would recommend anyone choose this class!
25 Sep 2020
Chef Gustavo was great! The food was amazing and he knew so much about Latin American culture. Truly a guy who is passionate about food and cooking. Definitely would recommend this class or any of his other ones!
29 Aug 2020
What an amazing experience! I'd give it more stars if I could. Chef Gustavo was such a great host, chef and instructor. He shared some tips of the trade as we helped prepare the entrees, which we intend to take advantage of. The food was truly unbelievable. My only advice is to bring some take home containers and only eat a portion of each entree so that you can actually enjoy the last one. We were so full by the time the salmon dish was ready that we could only wish we had more room. What a spectacular experience and evening. Thank you Chef Gustavo! ps The birthday flan for my wife was divine and such a nice finish!
23 Jul 2020
29 Jun 2020
Very passionate and experienced chef with stories galore. Great food that was easy to make! Would book again
29 Jun 2020
The experience with Chef Gustavo was great. The atmosphere in Chef's kitchen was pleasant with latin music in the background to match the cuisine, and the food we prepared with Chef Gustavo was delicious. He threw in a few tips that we can use at home with our cooking. He also included a couple of anecdotes related to some of the food. Bring a couple of bottles of wine to pair with the food, and you're all set. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
01 Jun 2020
Chef Gustavo is full of heart and you can tell he takes great pride in his art. He is knowledgeable and experienced, and loves sharing his craft.
26 May 2020
Excellent chef, great food, and an all-around awesome experience. I can't recommend Chef Gustavo enough!
25 Mar 2020
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful host and teacher. His home is charming and he had set it up to make everything easy and special for the four of us. Each of the dishes we made was incredibly delicious and we practiced every step so we can make them at home. We will definitely be taking classes from Chef Gustavo again.
23 Mar 2020
Excellent food, nice atmosphere. Chef Gustavo was fantastic. He wasn’t only taught us how to cook and prepare the meal but also shared personal stories behind each of the dishes. Would highly recommend!
07 Mar 2020
Chef Gustavo was friendly, knowledgeable, well prepared and fun. He was an excellent teacher. The food was delicious. It was a super fun evening. And his cooking space is funky but cool.
29 Feb 2020
Fantastic class! Would love to do another course with chef Gustavo
29 Feb 2020
Chef was great in teaching us so many techniques and sharing his knowledge!
26 Feb 2020
Gustavo was fantastic -- made my group of co-workers and me feel like family, the food was absolutely fabulous, and I picked up some excellent home-cooking tips. I likely won't ever eat a churro again because last night's was absolute perfection. I definitely recommend him. You are sure to have a memorable evening.
21 Feb 2020
We had a phenomenal time with Chef Gustavo! We would recommend this to anyone! The food and experience were amazing.
18 Feb 2020
The Ibero American Fusion cooking class with Chef Gustavo was fantastic. Beyond the great food, Chef Gustavo took the time to teach us cooking techniques and meal prep ideas. He also shared personal stories about each of the dishes. Would highly recommend!
17 Feb 2020
We had a birthday surprise celebration for our friend. And we all had wonderful time! Chef Gustavo was very professional, answered all our questions. He let us bring the birthday cake and champagne. We will definitely come back to him to take more cooking classes!
17 Feb 2020
Delicious and informative!
13 Feb 2020
A wonderful date night! The food was amazing, the company was great, and the environment perfect. This experience is suitable for everyone from avid home cooks to those who have never picked up a whisk. Chef Gustavo is the perfect host! I highly recommending trying his class and then coming back again and again.
13 Feb 2020
I had the best cooking experience learning from Chef Gustavo - Thank you so much!
10 Feb 2020
Chef Gustavo was an excellent host and culinary teacher. Highly recommend to anyone, food was amazing and the time flew by. Also recommend Pinot Noir for pairing, make sure you bring two bottles :-)
07 Feb 2020
Chef, Our team had a wonderful time and some were not expecting to enjoy it. Thank you for your welcoming and inclusive dinner. You did a great job accommodating our vegan and gluten-free attendee too. It was the best "fun" team event we've had. Thanks.
05 Jan 2020
Gustavo was great. Mixed a few cuisines to make things "fusion" like, but the techniques were authentic, and the results were amazing. Also showed a few "restaurant" tricks on reducing waste and making your work flow a little more efficient. Highly recommend!
30 Dec 2019
We had a great time cooking and learning with Chef Gustavo! Would definitely recommend for a special night out. The food was delicious, the experience was awesome, and the atmosphere was perfect. Hugs for Gustavo!
30 Dec 2019
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful host and we had a great time. The food was delicious and we appreciated how he made a point to show us how simple it would be to recreate these dishes at home. I would definitely book with him again!
29 Dec 2019
We loved this class! Chef Gustavo's passion for cooking and teaching was very evident. All of the food tasted great and it was a good balance of hands-on cooking and being able to socialize with the other guests. We learned a lot of tips on cooking in general and the history of the dishes. We would highly recommend!
28 Dec 2019
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful introduction to Cozymeal! He was kind, polite, and so insightful. The session was full of tips - not restaurant-specific tips, but rather tips for everyday life, to make cooking easier, faster, and so much more delicious. I loved the intimacy of the setting; it made it feel like more than just a cooking class. For anyone looking to gift an experience, Cozymeal is an amazing Christmas gift idea!
25 Dec 2019
Chef Gustavo is incredibly friendly and professional. It is evident he is passionate about cooking and genuinely likes sharing his expertise. He proved very welcoming and hospitable and the food was amazing! Highly recommend and would 100% take another class with him.
23 Dec 2019
Chef Gustavo was not only a brilliant chef with an in-depth culinary knowledge, he was also humble, kind and enjoyable to work with. You can tell that he's passionate about what he does and loves to share that with enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. He truly made our evening a night to remember, and we still brag about the experience we had. I can say this because I am leaving this review almost a year later, and I can still vividly remember the experience well enough to speak on it. Thank you for helping to celebrate a memorable birthday chef Gustavo! P.S. I need that Kalimata Olive tapenade/dressing recipe!!! :D
22 Dec 2019
Great experience. Had a lot of fun with a knowledgeable and fun chef. Highly recommend
17 Dec 2019
Chef Gustavo was wonderful! The food was delicious and he did a great job explaining everything he was doing and teaching us new tips as he went along. He made everything seem less intimidating. He was also so wonderful to talk to and we had a fantastic time with him!
12 Dec 2019
Amazing experience! Chef Gustavo is professional, very talented, and knows so much about the culture associated with each food item we prepared!
12 Dec 2019
An amazing evening with Chef Gustavo! We enjoyed every minute. We learned many new cooking techniques while enjoying great conversation and having fun. I am still amazed that we made four dishes from four different South American countries! The best part was eating Chef Gustavo’s delicious recipes! Don’t miss this wonderful experience. Truly a special evening!
01 Dec 2019
Had a great time with Chef Gustavo. He provided many useful tips, great food and wonderful evening. We definitely plan to do again soon!
23 Nov 2019
The experience was amazing. Our chief had 20 plus years operating one of DC's local restaurants,and his knowledge on expressive. He was fun, down to earth, and passionate. I will definitely do cozymeal again!
19 Nov 2019
This was a lovely experience with Chef Gustavo. He was very knowledgeable and the meal was fantastic. I would highly recommend this class. We will be going home and making these meals!
10 Nov 2019
We had such a great experience, I took my mom for her birthday and it was our first cooking class ever. Chef Gustavo taught us some great and practical tips and the food was incredible. Would definitely recommend!
09 Nov 2019
Chef Gustavo is a wonderful chef and an incredibly kind host. We had a fantastic time learning about his food and his background as a chef and restauranteur. We loved the dishes and enjoyed the things we learned to cook. I know we will go home and try several. I would definitely recommend Chef Gustavo and his class.
28 Oct 2019
Chef Gustavo lead our work team on a culinary adventure, showing us the most amazing versions of some of Latin America's most iconic dishes. He shared his own journey along the way, and gave us some incredible tips and tricks. We learned his secret ingredient to many dishes: "corazon" and Chef generously taught us how to use it in all of his dishes. He was warm, open, playful, and a real talent in the kitchen. Did I mention his food was to die for? We highly recommend any of Chef Gustavo's experiences, and I strongly suspect we're going to be back for more in the future!
07 Oct 2019
Chef Gustavo was amazing. He told stories and charmed our group. This was a perfect event for a team building dinner that pushed people outside their comfort zones and showed people what they can accomplish. It was a unique experience I hope to share with more teams in the future.
07 Oct 2019
Our group had a great time with Chef Gustavo for the Latin Brunch. He was very hospitable and flexible, and the food was superb.
24 Sep 2019
It was a great cooking/dinning experience with Chef Gustavo. If you have never done this before, add it to your bucket list!
19 Sep 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful class with Chef Gustavo. He is very kind and entertaining, his instructions and tips were spot on, and the food was absolutely delicious. Throughout the evening we had great conversations about various cuisines, traveling, and different cultural experiences. We wholeheartedly recommend a cooking class with Chef Gustavo!
19 Sep 2019
Our small group of 7 had an exceptional intimate time with Gustavo. We immediately felt welcomed into his home with open arms and greatly enjoyed his expertise in the culinary field. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed the evening with amazing food filled with exquisite taste and added love poured from each ingredient. In the end we walked away with a night full of good laughs, tips to use back at home and memories to last a lifetime. Thank you!
13 Sep 2019
He was an absolute gracious host and fabulous cook. A great 3-course meal with easy prep work and a delicious birthday dessert. We would certainly do it again. Muchas gracias!
12 Sep 2019
Chef Gustavo took his time explaining everything. He was very polite and atmosphere was extremely cozy and welcoming. The food was great you can tell he has a passion for cooking .
08 Sep 2019
Chef Gustavo was awesome! He was informative, patient and understanding. You can tell he is really passionate about the work he does and want's others to enjoy it as much as he does. Thank you Chef for the great evening.
04 Sep 2019
The entire evening was fabulous. It was a great way to learn cooking techniques and different recipes. But above and beyond that we learnt about the different countries and cultures in South America and of course how to cook with love. The recipes were all so different but we loved the flavors of every dish. We would highly recommend Chef Gustavo!
03 Sep 2019
We had a fantastic time and the meal was out of this world.
01 Sep 2019
We had an incredible experience cooking with and learning from Chef Gustavo! He is extremely professional and is very knowledgeable about different culinary practices and food cultures from around the world. We never felt rushed during our time with Chef Gustavo and learned some very clever cooking tips and tricks. The food was fantastic (we did the flavors from South America) and we can't wait to try out his recipes on our own! Highly recommend -- a very immersive and unique cooking class experience that makes you feel like a local of the cuisine!
30 Aug 2019
Chef Gustavo was amazing!!! We had 10 people for a team building night. All 10 of us had a blast. Chef explained everything and the food was AMAZING, I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great experience.
23 Aug 2019
Loved my Cozymeal experience with Chef Gustavo! In addition to guiding us through the food prep, he also shared interesting information and stories about the origins of the dish and the geographic region it came from. Highly recommend!
08 Aug 2019
Could not have been a better experience. Best birthday dinner ever. Chef Gustavo showed us some great recipes that aren't too difficult to make on our own and I plan to try making them myself this weekend.
05 Aug 2019
Chef Gustavo was a great host, warm, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine and culture. The food was delicious, would definitely recommend.
05 Aug 2019
We really enjoyed our evening with Chef Gustavo! We had a private event for 3, combining dishes from some of his classes. The class takes place in his home in DC, which was great because he is teaching you things you can use in your own home - you don't need restaurant equipment! Chef Gustavo is very personable, not intimidating at all, and encouraged our questions. Even experienced cooks can definitely learn something. By the way - the churros might be the best thing I've ever tasted!
30 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo was great!!! The food was incredible and we learned a ton from him. Highly recommended!
25 Jul 2019
What a great experience! Delicious food and we learned so much. Great bonding time for our team.
23 Jul 2019
A great chef and amazing experience!
23 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo is amazing! -- He is knowledgeable, friendly, and an amazing chef. He prepared foods that I normally dislike in such unique and flavorful ways. His home is inviting, clean, and comfortable. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
22 Jul 2019
Had a great time! Chef Gustavo is very accommodating to dietary restrictions.
22 Jul 2019
My wife and I had a great time. Chef Gustavo is an amazing chef with many great experiences to share. His recipes were all amazing and he is a great teacher.
21 Jul 2019
The food was excellent
18 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo was fantastic! He was an incredible host and very knowledgeable about the food and culture. Everything was delicious and we had a great time preparing the dishes.
17 Jul 2019
We took the South American Cooking class and had the best time! Chef Gustavo is extremely thoughtful towards the food he makes, and shares some amazing stories about the culture behind each dish. Everything is delicious, his place is very welcoming, and the 3 hours flies by! Definitely makes for one memorable night.
16 Jul 2019
Fantastic class! Chef Gustavo provided simple and clear instructions throughout the class, as well as explained the history of each dish to give us a better understanding of the breath of Peruvian cuisine. He focused on dishes we could make at home. We cant wait to make this dishes for our friends!
15 Jul 2019
I really enjoyed spending the night cooking with Chef Gustavo! He was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and had an obvious passion for teaching us how to prepare the food. It was interesting to learn the history and cultural significance of each dish. And the food was delicious! I would most definitely recommend this class to others.
13 Jul 2019
Very good teacher. Focuses on proper technique and skills needed to adapt to many different flavors. Very much enjoyed learning the proper way to make leche de Tigre
13 Jul 2019
Great experience. Excellent food!!! The conversation and back story also top notch. Chef Gustavo was a great host and this was a very memorable experience. Highly recommend bringing a bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal.
12 Jul 2019
12 Jul 2019
Food was delicious!
12 Jul 2019
Food was delicious!
07 Jul 2019
I booked the class for my husband since he loves to cook. He and Chef Gustavo hit it off! My husband learned a lot on cool tips and tricks. I am hoping he'll one of the dishes for dinner soon...yum!
06 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo was beyond incredible. He was an incredible host and chef. His meal was one of the best meals we've ever had in DC. My wife and I had such a great time and couldn't be happier with our experience. I highly recommend the Peruvian Experience for any group.
06 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo is a great instructor- he made the recipes and techniques accessible and gave us many useful tips for cooking at home. Fantastic experience!
04 Jul 2019
Our experience with Gustavo was great. He is a warm, generous host. The meal was fantastic.
01 Jul 2019
I booked a class with Chef Gustavo to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday. He loved the experience (we both did)--Chef Gustavo is very kind and informative, and he tells good stories! And, of course, the food was delicious. I especially loved the camarones picantitos. Definitely book a class with him!
01 Jul 2019
Chef Gustavo was a pleasure to learn from. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and still talk about it and want to recreate his recipes.
29 Jun 2019
Chef Gustavo exceeded all of our expectations! He was a great teacher and chef and the food was excellent! His passion was contagious! I want to go home and start cooking now!
23 Jun 2019
We had a wonderful time cooking with Chef Gustavo! In addition to being a fantastic cook and teacher, he's a gracious host and a great person to spend an evening with. We're attempting some of the recipes on our own tonight :)
20 Jun 2019
Wow! This was a fantastic experience. Chef Gustavo warmly welcomed us into his kitchen and from the very beginning we had a great time. From the comfortable and creative atmosphere, the music, and the aromas already in the air, through to the history and stories of the menu selections and the AMAZING food, we connected with each other, learned a lot, and ate too much!! I definitely recommend Chef Gustavo, and I will be back to Cozymeal. Thank you!
16 Jun 2019
This was such an amazing experience!! We had such a great time last night! Chef Gustavo is so extremely knowledgable about food and shares all his secrets. He was such a great host and I can’t wait to come back and try another one of his classes! I will most definitely tell all my friends about Chef Gustavo and recommend they take one of his classes. Thank you very much Chef Gustavo!!
14 Jun 2019
Chef Gustavo was EXCELLENT!! Our team had a fantastic experience learning about Latin American cuisine, and helping to prepare the meal. Chef and his assistant prepped most of the ingredients before our arrival but left just enough work for us to participate and learn some new techniques. We were made comfortable in his kitchen by his friendly demeanor and easy to follow instructions. Our meal of mofungo, arepas, vaca frita, and churros were enjoyed by all. I highly recommend this type of group activity, and Chef Gustavo in particular. Thanks Chef!
14 Jun 2019
Fantastic chef! We enjoyed our time!
13 Jun 2019
My team and I had an awesome time with Chef Gustavo. We learned a lot about different foods along with the proper and safe way to prepare food while having fun. This was a great team building event and I highly recommend it with Chef Gustavo.
13 Jun 2019
I had a wonderful time. The Host was great and the selections were wonderful. I would recommend this activity to anyone looking for a new experience.
12 Jun 2019
12 Jun 2019
05 Jun 2019
It was a great evening. We learned a lot
30 May 2019
A fantastic experience with Chef Gustavo! Each dish was better than the last, and Chef was warm, welcoming, patient, and a great instructor. He walked us through each step, showed the proper techniques, and shared knowledgeable tips along the way. We can't say enough great things about the food, our experience, the wonderful setting and Chef Gustavo!
22 May 2019
We absolutely loved our experience with Chef Gustavo! The food was amazing and he was a great teacher.
18 May 2019
Gustavo was a congenital and informative host. He was also patient as we tried our rudimentary Spanish with him and took photos to post on Facebook. As we prepared the four course meal, he helpfully demonstrated how to adapt the recipes by adjusting spices and caloric content to suit our tastes. We loved all the dishes we prepared, but the arepas filled with shredded chicken and avocado were out of this world!
05 May 2019
Gustavo was a lovely host and teacher, and really focuses on teaching things you could do at home (seriously, he taught us this sous vide hack for octopus!). We had a great evening with delicious food. Some reviewers said they didn't get to do much cooking, but that wasn't our experience at all. It was very hands on and much enjoyed.
02 May 2019
Wonderful class. Chef Gustavo was a great teacher and the food was delicious!
27 Apr 2019
The food was wonderful, Chef Gustavo has good stories and practical cooking tips. The octopus was my favorite. Chef has a secret trick on how to cook perfect octopus. You'll have to take the class to learn the secret! I usually do not eat raw onions, but Chef showed us how to prepare the onion so that it tastes milder. All and all it was fun and again the food was wonderful.
17 Apr 2019
We had a lovely experience with Chef Gustavo. Our night included another couple at his residence and the intimate affair was fantastic.
09 Apr 2019
Good food, and I really appreciated hearing about the chef's experiences and influences. However, we really didn't do much in the way of cooking or prep....so I can't say it was really a place to learn more about the art of cooking.
08 Apr 2019
I highly recommend the Ibero-American Fusion class with Chef Gustavo! Chef Gustavo is really passionate about cooking. His menu has flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean, reflecting his extensive travels. For example, the NY steak dish had a fantastic yellow pepper sauce, which he learned in Peru. Although the many of the ingredients were local, he re-created the sauce using creative techniques and then shared this marvelous recipe with us! He was really generous in sharing his knowledge, not just about the recipes themselves, but about different chopping techniques, how to pick the perfect plantains, and how to grill inside. The three hours flew by between cooking, eating and chatting. We have taken a few cooking classes before, but this menu stands out as the most memorable. Each dish was absolutely incredible, and such a culinary experience! What made it even better was watching Chef Gustavo prepare the dishes and how accessible they could be recreated at home, despite the top-notch restaurant quality.
31 Mar 2019
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Chef Gustavo's class. The food was marvelous, the narration of the creation of the recipes was illuminating, and the overall atmosphere was pleasing. Chef Gustavo encouraged people to ask questions throughout the evening and answered all easily and honestly. It was apparent that he loved creating meals that people would enjoy, but loved more how those creations impacted the people he was teaching. He involved everyone in the class in small ways in helping to prepare the food, explained how the food was being prepared (demonstrating almost all, involving the class in some, techniques). I was expecting more hands-on experience, but understood why it was limited (by time, and by number of students). I would strongly recommend this class to others to see how food preparation brings joy and satisfaction to the preparer and the consumer.
30 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo was absolutely delightful. We learned great techniques that will definitely be used in our day to day lifestyle. He has a great spirit and we will definitely be going back and also referring him to friends and family!
29 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo provided a wonderful experience in his charming home that was very educational and empowering. The food was also excellent! We're ready to try this at home.
26 Mar 2019
The food was fantastic and so was the company! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to making the dishes for my family. I would definitely do it again!
25 Mar 2019
We LOVED our Peruvian cooking class with Chef Gustavo. The food was amazing and relatively simple to recreate at home. The portion sizes were perfect, we learned a lot and we had a wonderful time talking with Chef Gustavo. We can't wait to book another class! Highly recommend this class if you love Peruvian food or if you are even interested in Peruvian food. Muy deliciosa!
25 Mar 2019
We had such a great time at Chef Gustavo's class - it was a perfect birthday celebration, and we came home with great tips for cooking at home. Thank you Chef Gustavo!
20 Mar 2019
Loved our time with Gustavo! The food was fabulous and he created a great ambiance while we cooked with music and a toasty fire.
18 Mar 2019
17 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo provided a great experience. It was great getting a chance to hear about how some of the dishes developed and the food was amazing. We had a great time!
17 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo and Laurita were amazing! The food was delicious, cozy atmosphere with great artwork and wonderful company. I have a number of food allergies and Chef easily accommodated all of them. Thank you!!
16 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo was so impressive. He is genuinely passionate for the art of cooking and clearly enjoys teaching others how to do what he does. I highly recommend his class!
16 Mar 2019
Meals were great with stories and inspirations for the recipes. Good tips for cooking, cleaning, and storage.
11 Mar 2019
Excellent meal and experience.
08 Mar 2019
Had a blast - the food was delicious and Chef Gustavo was a fantastic host!
07 Mar 2019
Overall we had a fun night with Chef Gustavo. We learned a lot and the food was great. The location was not what I was expecting, though.
07 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo was absolutely brilliant. He was deftly able to disseminate his man tricks of the trade from 20+ years in the restaurant industry with a focus on how to do things in a regular home kitchen as well deliver some of the most creative dishes I have ever had. He did all of this in a folksy, down-to-earth manner, and you can tell that he is a true professional with a real passion for his craft. Really just an all-around incredible guy. Perfect for a creative date as well
04 Mar 2019
Delicious creative tapas, and Chef Gustavo and his stories highlight his passion about food. Love the cozy atmosphere with fireplace and small gathering. Would go again!
03 Mar 2019
Chef Gustavo shared useful kitchen tips with us while servings us wonderful dishes!
03 Mar 2019
The meal was so much fun and inclusive I felt I was in South America. Chef Gustavo is a delight to learn from and work with. The 5 delicious dishes we made created great conversation and community in our group. I’d like to do this again with Gustavo.
23 Feb 2019
Great experience! Chef Gustavo was nice and his food is amazing!
20 Feb 2019
Chef Gustavo is patient, provides clear instruction and makes everything fun in his home. Really enjoyed celebrating Valentine's day in this unique way. Would definitely do this again!
08 Feb 2019
Really nice time. I appreciated the tips and tricks and enjoyed the Peruvian cooking class alot. Made a few dishes that were new and learned about new ingredients to use in my own recipes. What more can you ask for?
27 Jan 2019
26 Jan 2019
Gustavo is a very experienced chef who didn’t mind to share his secrets. Food was awesome and we all took samples and left overs home. He is very humble and personal, made it easy to ask any question. Will look out for his classes and book again.
26 Jan 2019
Great chef, very humble, makes it easy to learn from, had a great time
26 Jan 2019
Over the course of the evening, Chef Gustavo shared some wonderful stories, helpful tips, and amazing food (that we can say we helped to prepare!). Thank you, Chef Gustavo, for having welcomed us into his home and giving us a taste into your passion of cooking. It was truly a satisfying experience!
20 Jan 2019
Terrific cooking class! Chef Gustavo was a wealth of knowledge, full of culinary tips to apply to everyday cooking. Loved the small class size and cozy, intimate kitchen setting. Highly recommend.
19 Jan 2019
Had a great time with my date. The atmosphere was romantic with soothing music and relaxing vibes. The food was excellent and Chef Gustavo’s creations are wonderful fusion of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
19 Jan 2019
This was an amazing evening, and we can’t wait to come back for another night with Gustavo!
18 Jan 2019
Great – five stars. We would do it again and appreciated the recipes as well.
05 Jan 2019
I surprised my girlfriend with this cooking class with Chef Gustavo and it was a great experience. He was very personable and made us feel comfortable. His recipes were amazing and we felt that after his instruction and tips we could make them at home. It was a plus that his recipes were healthy too! We will definitely book another class with him in the future.
05 Jan 2019
Chef Gustavo is great!
03 Jan 2019
This was my first experience with cozymeal and it was great! Chef Gustavo was wonderful. Very personable and inviting. He answered all of our questions and took time to patiently explain everything. I'd definitely don't again!
02 Jan 2019
what a wonderful experience! chef gustavo was fantastic! we had a pleasant conversation about food, cultures, ingredients and experiences. The food was unbelievably delicuous! everything was fresh and tastes so good! we are so happy we got to experience cooking with chef gustavo! thank you!
01 Jan 2019
Chef Gustavo is better than any restaurant or bar chef that I've ever known or tried. He is from Argentina and brings so many different cultures, he is very engaging, very instructive and the food is.......amazing!! The atmosphere in his home made an ideal date night for a surprise Christmas gift!
20 Dec 2018
You were fantastic and we thank you for accommodating our food allergies, plus showing us some basic knife skills! Thank you for opening up your personal home for this date night!
18 Dec 2018
My team and I immensely enjoyed our evening with Chef Gustavo. Some of the team were people who enjoyed cooking and others who were ambivalent. All really enjoyed this. He has a rare talent for making strangers feel welcome in his home as well as constantly teaching, but not being pedantic. 10/10 would do this again. Also, the food was amazing.
17 Dec 2018
I had a very nice session. Chef Gustavo is informative, and if you want to learn jew things about South American cooking, you came to the right place.
15 Dec 2018
Truly an exceptional experience. I have to travel a lot for work and have experienced lots of diverse food but nothing like this...excellent, unique, educational & fun!!!
09 Dec 2018
It was fabulous! Will definitely use those recipes.
06 Dec 2018
The meal was excellent and Chef Gustavo provided great instruction! Thank you so much for everything. We had such an amzing time!
06 Dec 2018
Nos gustó mucho la experiencia con el Chef Gustavo. He is very personable and a great cook. We recommend him without hesitation. Charlie and Barbara
30 Nov 2018
Great time with Chef Gustavo. Very fun, personable, and helpful. The food and stories behind each dish were amazing. Highly recommend.
26 Nov 2018
Fun, informative, and delicious! Would highly recommend Chef Gustavo and look forward to taking more of his classes.
25 Nov 2018
It was a great experience because you get a little hands on experience like a cooking class but also get to dine in and relax. Gustavo's home is very cozy and his passion is unique. He breaks down the steps so you can actually learn some good techniques and apply them.
24 Nov 2018
Chef Gustavo was amazing. He was kind and shared his experiences and cultural knowledge while also teaching us these recipes. We will go to his classes again!
23 Nov 2018
We had a truly cozy experience with Chef Gustavo in his home - fireplace included! We loved the food and the explanations and stories behind it. We hope to do it again!
17 Nov 2018
Very great experience and the chef was very professional and knowledgeable. Would have liked to receive an apron to round out the experience! That would’ve been a great souvenir. Looking forward to receiving the chefs recipes. We had a great time! And would do class with Chef Gustavo again!!
17 Nov 2018
We had a wonderful even with Chef Gustavo! Highly recommend the Peruvian menu!
15 Nov 2018
What an amazing experience. I learned so much and had a delicious meal! Thank you chef for an unforgettable afternoon!
12 Nov 2018
Chef Gustavo was fantastic. He created a good autonomous learning environment while providing easy and practical instructions. Home cooking made easy! I can't wait to experience another Chef Gustavo cooking class!
11 Nov 2018
Chef Gustavo was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about food, was very polite, and we all did a lot of laughing. This was a great experience.
11 Nov 2018
We had a wonderful night! The food was delicious and Gustavo did an excellent job explaining how to make it, so we feel like we can make many of these recipes at home.
05 Nov 2018
Great Chef! Gustavo is passionate and an artist and takes the time to show you the joy of cooking!
05 Nov 2018
Loved the experience, would recommend for a small group or a date. Very hands on and Chef Gustavo was so hands on, passionate And a ton of fun!
05 Nov 2018
Gustavo was an amazing host! We had the best time, a unique and special night thanks to his passion, dedication and kindness. We had one of the richest meals we have tasted and we learned so many thing so we can cook them at home. We definitely recommend this unforgettable experience! We are very thankful to Gustavo!!!
30 Oct 2018
Great class! Highly recommend Chef Gustavo.
28 Oct 2018
Chef Gustavo mesmerizes you with rich stories about the food you are preparing. His fusion recipes intertwine his experience in the restaurant business, teachings from his mama, and lessons from his travels throughout central america. The food is just devine, especially the shrimp and plantain cake. The pacing of the class is on point with a handful of "wine" breaks so attendees can relax. 5/5 stars. Don't hesitate -- book now before chef gets his own series on the food network.
27 Oct 2018
Thank you for a welcoming and delicious experience.
27 Oct 2018
Awesome Time! Wonderful instruction, delightful conversation, DELICIOUS meal.
27 Oct 2018
We had an amazing time with Chef Gustavo for the Iberian Fusion class! The food was inventive and delicious, and Chef Gustavo was so welcoming, sharing a lot of his own experiences and culture while really putting a lot of personality into his food. I agree with others that it's not the most hands-on cooking class-- really just the beginning when we learned some basic knife skills-- but we still came away with a lot of new knowledge and techniques to make some simple, healthy, and delicious food. I really appreciated having four courses of "main courses" vs desserts, since in the end we were there for cooking skills and not baking/confectionary. They were all awesome and we had a great time-- and maybe will try to go to another one of Chef Gustavo's classes!
18 Oct 2018
Chef Gustavo was amazing! The food was awesome, the atmosphere was great and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my wife’s birthday! I highly recommend a class with Chef Gustavo.
15 Oct 2018
Chef Gustavo was outstanding! His passion for food was on full display, and we had a wonderful evening of learning and enjoying delicious food. We will definitely consider Gustavo again in the future!
10 Oct 2018
This was our first experience with Cozymeal. I booked Chef-Gustavo for a surprise anniversary date with my wife. Chef-Gustavo is professional and very talented. If you’re looking for an amazing experience, this is your Chef.
10 Oct 2018
Gustavo was incredible! We were so lucky to have his company, his instruction, and his food.
09 Oct 2018
Chef Gustavo was amazing! He was very knowledgeable of the culture behind the food and took his time with each plate. We certainly learned a lot and every meal was so delicious, we still think about it. Our only regret was that we were so full by the end that we could not finish every bite. You will definitely not be disappointed by signing up for this class. Worth every penny!
08 Oct 2018
We had a great night with Chef Gustavo! He was excellent company and an even better chef. It felt like a very intimate and interactive chef's table experience...which, I suppose it was! We really enjoyed his Peruvian menu. He taught us quite a bit about how certain small changes shift the flavor of a dish. I really enjoyed tasting as we went to experience flavor layers. There were four of us there and no one could agree on which dish was best. I highly recommend a class with Chef Gustavo.
05 Oct 2018
I was not sure what to expect but this was such a great experience. I am a newbie in the kitchen and my husband has had culinary training. We both learned new techniques and enjoyed the stories and connections Chef Gustavo has with every part of the meal he prepared. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was great and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my husband's birthday! Thank you so much for making such a memorable day.
02 Oct 2018
We had a wonderful time at Chef Gustavo’s South American cooking class. Chef went out of his way to explain his cooking techniques and the historic and cultural background of each dish. The food was expertly prepared. Chef explained the importance of engaging all five senses when presenting a meal and he exceeded our expectations in all regards. Highly recommend his class.
02 Oct 2018
This is a must do when in DC! We had four girls on a girls trip and book this incredible evening spur of the moment. Gustavo was a great host and made us feel at home as soon as we got there. The food “we” cooked (mostly him-perfect amount of hands on) was just fantastic. We highly recommend!
22 Sep 2018
Chef Gustavo was amazing. He took such care in modifying the meal to meet cater to a group that included non-meat eaters. He is extremely gracious. We loved making the ceviche and how he demonstrated developing the wonderful marinade. Fantastic evening!
15 Sep 2018
Mine and my family's experience with Chef Gustavo was both amazing and priceless. Here's why: Chef Gustavo was warm, friendly and welcoming. Shortly after spending time with Chef Gustavo, you realize that cooking is not just a profession but a way of life. The history and stories behind the recipes that we made were both enjoyable and informative and added to the experience and appreciation for the food that was prepared and consumed. Because Chef's teaching skills of chopping and sautaying were seamless and smooth, it made it possible for those who were not necessarily skilled at these techniques do able while helping to refine and improve the skills of those familiar with such techniques. Reciepe selection was outstanding in the way of do ability with respect to basic kitchen implements and cookware; time perspective and skill. An evening with Chef Gustavo is an intiment Michelin star experience of food as an expression of love.
15 Sep 2018
Chef Gustavo was a fantastic host and chef!!! My wife described it as the best day ever! We learned a lot about food and loved every bite!! We can’t wait to do it again!
12 Sep 2018
What a magical evening. Our party of four was celebrating being together and two birthdays. Chef Gustavo provided a unique, personal, educational and exquisitely tasteful meal. The menu was perfectly constructed and he was even able to accomidate an alternative to the shrimp due to an allergy. I wasn’t certain how much of the prep work we were to do. He did teach us some basic knife skills, but in the end Chef did most of the prep work. However, this is not to say we didn’t learn a huge amount about the meals prep, and we now have practical ideas and skills to translate into our own kitchen. Chef is focused on healthy cooking, and this permeated his menu choices and his cooking style. His passion was not only evident, it was transferred to us. Chef’s home kitchen used for the event was cozy, functional and it turned out an exquisite setting for the event. In short, this event was just perfect. We left informed, entertained and satisfied. There is so much more to say about this experience, but I’d hope that if the reader partakes of this adventure, you’ll find out the many more magical details all for yourself.
10 Sep 2018
Chef Gustavo was great! We went on our ~ first date with him and it was amazing. The food was delicious with plenty of wine breaks but also informative!
07 Sep 2018
Gustavo is a wonderful chef! The food was amazing! I loved the class!
04 Sep 2018
Chef Gustavo was informative, welcoming and engaging! It was a very hands on class. Chef provided many useful tips and tricks. I am less intimidated to make ceviche and arepas now. I hope to be get the recipes for all the yummy dishes that we created.
04 Sep 2018
The best Peruvian ceviche! Enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and learned many tips from Chef Gustavo. We had so much fun!
01 Sep 2018
Great experience! Took time to explain everything. Patient and knowledgeable. Food was delicious.
30 Aug 2018
We had a great experience with Chef Gustavo. This was a team building activity for my work team, and we loved it. We learned some real practical skills and enjoyed a delicious, imaginative meal together. I would recommend Chef Gustavo for team building or for a fun activity for couples or small groups of friends.
27 Aug 2018
We had a fabulous time with Chef Gustavo. Celebrated a friend's big birthday and it couldn't have been better. Everything we made was delicious and can't wait to do it again!!
24 Aug 2018
We had such a great time with Chef Gustavo! He did a great job providing us with background on the techniques and ingredients we used and explained everything he was doing and for what reasons, which made for a really great learning experience. I would highly recommend The Peruvian Gathering and would definitely book another Cozymeal experience with Gustavo in the future!
23 Aug 2018
Girls night out with Chef Gustavo was wonderful! We were celebrating a special birthday, and this was the perfect evening. Chef Gustavo was warm and welcoming. He educated us on his Ibero-American fusion cooking. And with a little bit of our help,(he did most of the cooking) he made us some amazing dishes! We will definitely go back! I would highly recommend either going to him for a delightful experience or letting him come into your home.
22 Aug 2018
We had a great time. Chef Gustavo exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious as well as his presentations.
10 Aug 2018
We had a great night learning to make ceviche, lomo saltado, and more with Chef Gustavo. He was extremely knowledgeable, warm, and great at explaining not only how to make each part of the meal, but also why he took each step he did, and what the each item on the menu meant to him. Highly recommended!
08 Aug 2018
My wife and I had a great time cooking with Chef Gustavo. The food was delicious, and he takes great pride in his work. We really enjoyed learning about the different dishes and the story behind them. We definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Peruvian food!
25 Jul 2018
Our experience with Chef Gustavo was a truly personalized experience. He welcomed us into his home and we were made to feel like welcomed guests. Although we are not novices in the kitchen we learned so much. The food we prepared was truly outside of our usual comfort zone and we loved it. I would recommend the Chef Gustavo experience to anyone looking for an evening of culinary delights and exploration.
20 Jul 2018
Amazing experience. Chef Gustavo was very knowledgable.
20 Jul 2018
Chef Gustavo was a delightful teacher for my wife and one other couple, we definitely learned techniques that we will try at home!
09 Jul 2018
Chef Gustavo was a wonderful teacher. We were surprised how much we learned and are already using the skills taught.
07 Jul 2018
very passionate about his craft, all meals were amazing! Highly recommend!
04 Jul 2018
Chef Gustavo was nothing short of amazing! I purchased the class as a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday and best. gift. EVER. We've never taken a cooking class before. We came from Baltimore to DC for the class. The food was literally spectacular. Chef Gustavo ensured that we were comfortable in every way - from the ambiance to the music to the flow of activities. He gave us great cooking tips, broke down all of the recipes, and created the perfect balance between making sure we helped prepare the meals and also had time to enjoy the romantic dinner together. From the history of the food to the presentation to the great conversation, the night could not have gone any better. Chef Gustavo loves what he does and it is seen every step of the way. He made our night extremely special. We already have plans to recreate the shrimp dish with the plantain cake which was our absolute favorite. Chef Gustavo even surprised us with an impromptu dessert and candle so that we could sing happy birthday to my boyfriend. He was a pleasure. All of the meals were 5 stars. The mix of flavors, the right combination of sauces, everything was perfect. The world has a new spinach lover on its hands because of Chef Gustavo's spinach patties. Delectable dinner! Incredible chef! I would recommend this class 10x over!
29 Jun 2018
Chef Gustavo was very kind and provided great cooking tips and techniques to me and my husband. He made this experience delightful and memorable. He even provided a delicious dessert for my husband in honor of his birthday, which was not on the menu. He is worth five stars and more.
24 Jun 2018
Gustavo was an excellent chef, a patient teacher, and the consummate host. I cannot dream of a better date night than his fusion date night. The food was excellent and Gustavo guided us through his techniques as a chef as well as the passion that he brings to cooking. The class was instructive but in a fun and relaxed manner. Gustavo was happy to answer any questions we had about the way he prepared food and thought about cooking. And to top it all of, the food was delicious. We recommend this experience to anyone looking to learn more about cooking, Latin American culture, and what it means to be a true master of one's craft. Thank you, Gustavo!
24 Jun 2018
My boyfriend and I had a fantastic fusion date night with the help of Gustavo! The food was absolutely incredible (the plantain cake and garlic shrimp is to die for!!!) and Gustavo was extremely warm and cheerful. He explained all of the steps and answered all of our cooking questions. I'd recommend this experience to any couple, family or friends looking for a tasty and fun night!
19 Jun 2018
What an absolutely amazing evening with Chef Gustavo. The meals we prepared were absolutely delicious!! Chef Gustavo’s passion for cooking makes for a an incredible evening filled with laughter and great memories. We felt so much at home and no detail was overlooked from start to finish. We highly recommend this cooking class and would give extra stars to Chef Gustavo, the true star of the evening. Kirsten and Rajeev
15 Jun 2018
We absolutely loved our cooking experience with Chef Gustavo. He took us on a journey through South America and we loved every moment. He shared a lot of cooking tips and relevant information about the flavors and recipes. He is extremely personable and easy to talk to. We plan to do this again!
11 Jun 2018
Such a lovely experience filled with absolutely delicious food! Chef Gustavo presented his own unique recipes that are easy to recreate on our own, yet also new and inspiring. Would highly recommend!
20 May 2018
I can’t thank chef Gustavo enough for an amazing meal and experience. Each dish was delicious and unique. His energy and passion shone through. I would definitely want to come back and try another meal with him. Thank you fo going the extra mile! We so appreciate you. -Karyn and John
20 May 2018
Amazing night with Chef Gustavo! We learned some new recipes and had a great night cooking and hearing stories from the Chef. Thank you!
19 May 2018
Had an amazing cooking class with Chef Gustavo! Each delicious course was accompanied by history, stories, and lessons to better our cooking skills. Very recommended!
19 May 2018
The experience was “5” stars. The meals we prepared were absolutely delicious! Combine the music, food and the Chef’s passion for cooking makes for a priceless evening filled with laughter and memories. I highly recommend this cooking class and will even do it again!
16 May 2018
Chef Gustavo really knows his cooking. He was funny, informative and incredibly thoughtful. We will definitely book again.
08 May 2018
This was an amazing experience. Chef Gustavo was the consummate host and instructor! He shared knife and preparation tips with us in addition to showing us how to cook an amazing meal. The food was superb and he was a great entertainer as well. Thanks so much Chef! We look forward to coming back!
02 May 2018
Great experience, Chef Gustavo let us do as much or as little work as we wanted while giving cooking tips and then served a great fusion meal.
01 May 2018
Chef Gustavo cooks from his heart and goes above and beyond to ensure your experience is AMAZING. This is a perfect idea for a first date or 5 year wedding anniversary. I can't wait to book again.
29 Apr 2018
What an amazing experience. Chef Gustavo ensured that out wine pairings complimented each of 4 dishes. His decades of experience as a chef made his unique perspective on his fusion menu perfect. As he told the hostory of each dish he also was able to provide knowledge on best practices and techniques ised on the kitchen. The fact that he believes in cooking with love shows he tuly is passionate about this art form. Highly recommended!!!
23 Apr 2018
Wow! I had such an amazing experience with Chef Gustavo. He opened his home to me and made me so comfortable. The food was BEAUTIFUL and his personality made the class even better. I wish I could give him a million stars. I will definitely book another class with him in the future.
16 Apr 2018
Everything was amazing from start to finish. Chef Gustavo was very knowledgeable about all the dishes that we cooked. You can see the passion that he has for food. I would recommend him to anyone. He makes you feel right at home, teaches you different techniques and provides you with a GREAT experience.
13 Apr 2018
I loved learning about South American flavors with Chef Gustavo! This is the first time I've shelled out for a personal cooking class, and this experience will be hard to beat. He was patient, easygoing, well-prepared, and clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about each dish. The kitchen and eating area were homey and welcoming. I wanted a class that let us participate as much as we observed, and he struck a good balance between teaching new skills and letting us help out while wisely handling the more difficult parts so that we would still enjoy our meal. :) It was my birthday and he went out of his way to ensure my friend and I had a lovely evening, which was very much appreciated. I hope I can take another class with him in the future.
12 Apr 2018
Wonderful experience! Chef Gustavo went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to give us a restaurant-quality experience. The food was delicious -- I especially enjoyed the arepas -- and we learned new skills to use at home. Chef Gustavo is an expert chef and is also truly passionate about sharing the joy and art of cooking with others. We really enjoyed this night and highly recommend the class to others!
11 Apr 2018
What a pleasure to be with Chef Gustavo in his home. He gave us lessons, he gave us stories, he gave us laughs, and he gave us an incredible meal. A great balance between a fun, enjoyable, informative and relaxing night out. Chef's attention to detail and commitment to perfection inspire you and leave you very well fed. We're looking forward to trying a new menu with Chef Gustavo soon. Mil gracias, Gustavo!
03 Apr 2018
It is a rare experience when you are in the presence of someone who has an undeniable passion for what they do, and Chef Gustavo is someone who pours his heart and soul into what he does, and is made even more evident by the intimate space he provided. The food was exceptional, and we have dined at more than one Michelin-rated restaurant. We walked in not knowing what to expect, and it was clear the moment we arrived that we were in very good hands. His expertise from decades running his own restaurant was apparent in his ability to explain the steps in preparing the meal. Had we not wanted to participate, every ingredients purpose would have been explained as he added it to the dishes. We are already looking forward to our next booking with him.
Guest reviews for Chef Gustavo
23 Apr 2018
Chef Angel really made authentic dishes but always with a twist. The food made you feel at home but it was exotic at the same time.
24 Mar 2018
Fantastic dinner! Really well cooked! Satisfied and happy to share a plate in your table. My friends were very content, too. Loved the variety of salads and the meats. Amazing chef! We were thrilled to have such great dinner!
22 Mar 2018
The cooking class I attended was great!!!!! Friendly and relaxed environment (plus I learned new tips and tricks in the kitchen)!!! I highly recommended Chef Angel.
18 Mar 2018
Thank you for the incredible meal. The meat was spectacular! the spices well picked and right amount and the salads as if you had known in advance the palad of each of us. What a great eve. What a delicacy!
09 Mar 2018
Gustavo is fantastic! His food is equally as beautiful as it is delicious - the colors and flavor combinations are incredible! I very much enjoyed my time spent with Gustavo and look forward to putting my new skills to work in the future!"
23 Jan 2017
Meet your chef
Latin American cuisine is what Chef Gustavo is all about. As the owner and executive chef of Rumba Café in Adams Morgan for 20 years, he understands this cuisine more than anything else. He draws his inspiration from his own travels through Latin America, the Caribbean, France, Spain and more. He studied at L’ Academie de Cuisine and is knowledgeable in French cuisine as well. He is available to teach classes in both English and Spanish.
The Cozymeal Protection®
Chef Gustavo will travel to guests within Washington, D.C. for this experience.