urbanCHEF was founded in 2005 when Chara Gafford sought a way to bring the hands-on cooking experience of traditional culinary school to the casual cooking classes she was teaching.
Our first location was in Houston's Third Ward, in the small building behind Chara's home. The classes held up to a dozen people in a kitchen designed with counter-space and stove access for everyone. When she decided to expand they moved to the Greenway Plaza location in 2012. Two large kitchens accommodate a total of up to 48 with separate dining room and patio seating. Our off-site events bring the culinary competition to you for groups of up to 100 guests. With a small but mighty team of formally trained chefs and culinary professionals we continue to be dedicated to providing 100% hands-on cooking classes for corporate groups, private parties, date nights, birthday parties and kid's classes.

In business since January, '06
Barbara Suarez

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, her interest in cooking and the art of sugar began at an early age of five when she was introduced to cooking by introduced by my mother. She first studied Civil Engineering but d...

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Catherine Rodriguez

Chef Rodriguez began her career at the Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Glion, Switzerland, where she studied the Cordon Bleu method of cooking. Upon her return from Switzerland, she enrolled at the California Culinary Aca...

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Chara Gafford

After receiving her bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago she decided to pursue her passion for food and received her AAS in Culinary Arts from The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago...

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Cody Anderson

Texas born and bred from Waller Texas originally moved to houston 12 years ago went to school at Art Institute of Houston for an associates degree and made my way through best kitchens around the city such as Pass and...

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Scott Halverson


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