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Robert Hernandez

HOMETOWN: Downey, CA 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: San Francisco, CA 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Private Chef 

Robert Hernandez is a Private Chef in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles where his passion for food grew through family gatherings and his mother’s cooking. Some of Robert’s favorite childhood memories include large gatherings around the kitchen table, eating ceviche, tamales, essentially anything his mother or aunt put on the table. Robert has worked in many notable restaurants in San Francisco, including one Michelin-starred restaurant Octavia. At Octavia, Robert worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine and was recognized as San Francisco’s Rising Star Chef in 2019. There, he honed his culinary skills and developed a passion for marrying seasonal ingredients with his inherited flavor profiles. Methodical techniques have shaped his elevated, yet approachable cuisine. Apart from cooking, Robert enjoys binge watching his favorite “The Real Housewives” franchise, traveling and spending time with his family.  

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Robert Hernandez

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HOMETOWN: Downey, CA 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: San Francisco, CA 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Private Chef 

Robert Hernandez is a Private Chef in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles where his passion for food grew through family gatherings and his mother’s cooking. Some of Robert’s favorite childhood memories include large gatherings around the kitchen table, eating ceviche, tamales, essentially anything his mother or aunt put on the table. Robert has worked in many notable restaurants in San Francisco, including one Michelin-starred restaurant Octavia. At Octavia, Robert worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine and was recognized as San Francisco’s Rising Star Chef in 2019. There, he honed his culinary skills and developed a passion for marrying seasonal ingredients with his inherited flavor profiles. Methodical techniques have shaped his elevated, yet approachable cuisine. Apart from cooking, Robert enjoys binge watching his favorite “The Real Housewives” franchise, traveling and spending time with his family.