Culinary Misfits are personal chefs in Austin that offer culinary services for home and vacation rentals. Select from our casual family style dinner service, cocktail parties or our super awesome waffle bar!

Your chef does the shopping, cooks in your kitchen, serves you and your guests and even does the kitchen clean up; all you have to do is be the host you were born to be!



Chef Eric James, Austin Personal Chef

Chef Eric

Born in Hollywood California and raised in Texas… It'll make sense when you meet him. Growing up, Eric loved to help his mother entertain at home and cooking became an outlet for him and his mother to connect. His mother taught him that food was about coming together to celebrate life, family and friends, not competition. (unless it’s to raise money for a cause other than yourself.)

Austin Personal Chefs was created in 2011 by Chef Eric. There was never a plan to become a personal chef or to do it long-term. "It just kind of happened". After being laid off from corporate America one too many times, Eric found himself cooking for friends and family with all the downtime he had. Once a friend of his had asked if he would do an event for his wife's birthday, the rest wrote itself.

To get better at what he already knew, learn what you didn't know and make lifetime connections, Eric made the decision to attend Le Cordon Bleu In Austin Texas. Eric graduated at the top of his class and did his externship at a nonprofit called Angel House.


Chef D. Washington

Born and raised in Austin, Chef D is a true Texan, which means family, food, and football are what keeps him happy. The love for family is what he puts into everything, which inspired his passion for food. Chef D was raised to appreciate how meal time brings families closer, and still participates in weekly Sunday family dinners at grandma’s house. His grandmother was pivotal in his education, teaching him how to cook, which in turn paved the way for his future career.

Chef D graduated with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu. During his time there he met Chef Eric Daniel of Austin Personal Chefs, who helped him realize his path as a personal chef.



Mark Parton

Chef Eric came by on a Sunday morning to prepare brunch for my wife and 6 guests we had in town. It was a really special occasion having everyone together, and to have the meal taken care of was a real treat. Overall the experience was excellent - the food was great (crab cake Benedict, Tenderloin Benedict, Potatoes, Fresh Fruit Parfait) as was the service/presentation (family style, perfect for a chill brunch @ home). We look forward to another opportunity to have Culinary Misfits to another event. Thanks again! Verify

Jessica Caddell

Culinary Misfits made our rehearsal dinner party for 30 people a dream come true! From the elegant serving ware to the carefully prepared delicious cuisine, Chef Eric creates an event to remember fondly. His personable and experienced preparation, delivery, and style of his dishes creates a satisfying meal that creates a yearning to learn his secret recipes. How fun to have a photo booth to keep your guests entertained and making memories while he prepares! I highly recommend them for any party, event, or meal. You won’t be disappointed! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Verify

jonathan reynolds

Chef Eric was awesome! The food was amazing! He made the entire experience one to remember. Extremely easy to work with and I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is looking to have a chef for a party or event! I will definitely be a repeat customer. Verify

Keith Hernandez

Had a dinner with the chef Eric Daniel@ culinary misfits .Eric was awesome. He took great care of as and made the dinner feel like a great family and friends evening. The food was filling and tasted like I was in a 5 star restaurant and, he did this all in my home. I could not thank Eric enough. He made me a winner in my family and friends eyes. I will continue to use this service again and again. Thank again Eric for helping me with a stress free and worrying free night!!!! Verify

Lilah Bazarte

There is nothing quite better than ending our busy, sometimes stressful day, and not having to make dinner. However, it's happened way to often that we've gone out to eat to only be disappointed with the food and service. It's often times left us with a feeling of disappointment that we could have made it better ourselves, and saved a ton of money. So we thought we would try something new, a personal chef.
Omg, best idea ever!!! Seriously, we don't know how we can ever go out to eat again. It was very entertaining to watch Chef James prepare our meals. We enjoyed the conversation, presentation, and savored every bite as it was perfectly paired with both white and red wine.
Thanks for doing it in our kitchen.
Can't wait for the next time! Verify