Jess Allen Private Chef Melbourne

Jess Allen

29 reviews 5.0

With over 20 years of experience in hospitality, chef Jess has experience across a broad range of cuisines from working all over Melbourne’s diverse fine dinning scene.

Jess completed his apprenticeship in the once renowned three hat Radii Restaurant of the Park Hyatt Hotel, had stints at the European under statesman Ian Curly and a career changing time spent with Dutch mastermind Robb Kobbord at Merricote which Jess highlights as a big turning point in refining his skill and technique.

In 2014 Jess made the switch and landed in the unique Melbourne brunch scene with a very successful tenor at Fitzroy’s famous Industry Beans coffee which was named the worlds best brunch during his time there.

Now a personal chef, Jess has had years of experience specialising in in-home dinning and has a genuine personality and professional approach to every event.

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Jess Allen
Jess was an excellent chef, cooked a wonderful meal, friendly but equally stayed out of the way on a romantic occasion - he was excellent

Philip Badge (VIC)

Jess Allen
Fantastic experience. Food and service both exceptional. So lovely to have it all in our own kitchen and sparkling clean at the end. Guests all remarked that it was fabulous. Loved that chef Jess had grown the veggies in his own garden.

Tamieka (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess and Christine were so professional and friendly. The food was exceptional and they left behind a tidy kitchen! It was a pleasure to have Jess come and cook for our and have the wonderful service of Christine. Every dish was delicious, beautifully presented and the Lemon Meringue tart to finish was a standout. Would love to use them again.

Kiki Pillios (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was fantastic and would highly recommend.

Chris Jurcutz (VIC)

Jess Allen
We had a phenomenal night thanks to Chef Jess, Christine and the team from At Your Table. Delicious food in the comfort of your own home, with none of the hassle.

Monica Wallace (VIC)

Jess Allen
Very happy with the chef and staff, food was excellent, service was non invasive. We had canapés for entree and sit down main. If anything we would’ve liked more quantities for the canapés and maybe some bread rolls to go with the main. Overall though everyone was happy. I would definitely recommend Jess and At Your Table.

Helena Morgan (VIC)

Jess Allen
Chef Jess arrived promptly and was genuinely interested in serving great quality food presented beautifully. Our waitress, Beth, was attentive and did a really good job of cleaning up afterwards.

Sam Gercovich (VIC)

Jess Allen
Chef Jess and Beth were both lovely throughout the night. We thoroughly enjoyed the three meals as all were very tasty and presented beautifully!

Madeleine Wrigley (VIC)

Jess Allen
I couldn't fault any part of the evening, the food was amazing, Skye our waitress was there to cater to every need and the overal experience was everything I was looking for. Jess came out and spoke to us about each course and gave me recommendations for wine pairing so we had the ' 5 star resturant' experience right at home. Also would like to mention Alison as My Perfect Party who came and styled the table. It was amazing, it really was perfect!

Victoria Wiliams (VIC)

Jess Allen
What an amazing experience! Jess made us feel so comfortable throughout the evening and made sure to cook an amazing 3 course meal. My pregnant wife and I thoroughly enjoyed what he presented and we appreciated him catering for my wife's pregnancy.

Tshepo Molefe (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was fantastic - very flexible with the Menu and the food was delicious.

Stephen Shostak (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was fantastic, food was wonderful! The waitress however was young and inexperienced, had to keep asking her to bring wine and water for the guests.

Vikki Gardiner (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was lovely and explained what we were eating before every course. The food was served quickly and the waitresses were lovely and efficient.

Heidi Clarris (VIC)

Jess Allen
Chef Jess was wonderful! He brought Chef Johnny with him, and the food was incredible! Two weeks later and our friends are still talking about it. Jess has a great attitude and was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Sharon (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was fantastic, food was wonderful!

Vikki Gardiner (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess Allen was fantastic! Firstly communicating so promptly prior to the night to work out the menu to suit my vision. He arrived early to set up and start preparing and throughout the night was so organised and friendly. The food was great, presented beautifully and most importantly very tasty. We had an Asian Fusion menu and everyone loved it. He also cleaned up nicely after the dinner party. I would definitely recommend Jess as a private chef and would hire him again myself. Wish I could have him every night to cook our meals ;-) Thank you Jess, you were a delight!

Zeeva Zarfaty (VIC)

Jess Allen
Very friendly and made the evening so easy and exactly what we wanted.

Jessica Oostergetel (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was so great! He was so personable and easy to talk to. He explained all about the food he was preparing and where it had come from. I would recommend Jess to anyone looking to book an in home chef for both the incredible food and his easy going nature and ability to enagage the group.

Lauren Webb (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was a lovely man who provided a high quality meal. Every course was delicious but the paella was outstanding and full of fresh ingredients. The charcuterie board had a wonderful mix of things.

Cathie Seccombe (VIC)

Jess Allen
Apart from the slightly chewy seared beef, everything was amazing! Jess was very personable and professional, and my guests enjoyed his spiel before ever course. Service overall was also good. My 2 criticisms are: 1) they opened a bottle of magnum champagne about 20mins before schedule. 2) they need to be more proactive in topping up glasses with drinks/water. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend your service to everyone.

Hakim Halim (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was a great chef very accommodating, great service, great food and great company. Thank you Jess and At your table.

Ganesh Balendran (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess is very personable, well organised and professional. He explained the dishes and ingredients to my guests and the food and quality of service was excellent. My guests were very impressed and would recommend to others.

Pam Linklater (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was amazing, very friendly, great food, lovely to deal with.

Quentin Free (VIC)

Jess Allen
From the moment Chef Jess walked into the house we had rented out and introduced himself I knew we were going to be very well looked after. A smiling face And a delicious dinner that was enjoyed by us all. We loved that he also went through each dish with us before we ate and the use of herbs grown from his garden made for an extra special touch. Thank you so much, Jess.

Amy Minichiello (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was extremely punctual, friendly and well prepared. The food was delicious with amazing small detail that made everything presented beautifully.

Zinta Walter-Bruns (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess was fun and engaging adding to the atmosphere of our evening. The food was amazing!!

Bhekizulu Zwangobani (VIC)

Jess Allen
Jess and Christine arrived promptly as scheduled. They were polite and professional and conversed happily with all the guests. The food was amazing and explanations were given as to the ingredients of each dish. At the end of the night they did an amazing job of cleaning up after themselves, in fact I don't think my kitchen has ever been cleaner!! I cannot speak more highly of both of them. We will certainly be doing it again!!

Melissa Jurie (VIC)

Jess Allen
Chef Jess went well beyond the call of duty, the food was great and service awesome. He did he research prior to coming so knew what to expect for a Burns Night celebration.

Kim Steel (VIC)

Jess Allen
Fantastic Chef. Booking process was a little disjointed and difficult but okay. Accepting credit card would be good.

Mitch Davies (VIC)

Jess Allen
We organised a dinner through At Your Table for my partner's 30th Birthday last month. I want to say a huge thank you to Chef Jess and Christina who were fabulous hosts - approachable, professional, accomodating and fun! We had a wonderful meal - the blue swimmer crab remoulade was a crowd favourite! All three courses were delicious! Thanks so much again for making it such a wonderful evening to remember- would highly recommend for any event (or even if you just feel like treating yourself!)

Amy Stewart (VIC)

Jess Allen
I wanted something special and different for my 60th birthday. AtyourTable and especially chef Jess gave me that. He was friendly, and informative about each course, our guests loved him and his partner. I questioned Jess regarding his menu, and then entrusted him with it. We were all delighted with the food. It was delicious .

Debbie Robertson (VIC)

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