Meet Our Chefs

Freda's Kitchen offers experienced, interactive personal chefs and home cooks who have a passion for world cuisine and want to share their cultures with you.  

They will share recipes developed in home kitchens and restaurants around the world from Bombay to Tuscany.   You'll cook, you'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll EAT!

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Executive Chef Uyen Pham - Asian Cuisines

Chef Pham holds a Master’s degree in education and taught at the collegiate level for nearly a decade before pursuing her culinary career. She graduated at the top of her class from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and is currently an instructor at the CIA in San Antonio. Chef Pham was born in Saigon and specializes in Asian and European cuisine and has worked in some of NYC’s finest restaurants for Danny Meyer, Alfred Portale, Anita Lo, and Andrew Carmellini. She has been a judge for the Food Network’s show All Star Academy, and you may have seen her at the Austin Fermentation Festival. She was inducted into the Disciples of Escoffier and Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

Yukon Han - Korean Cuisine

Chef Yukon is originally from a small town in Korea and has been cooking her native cuisine since she was a small child.  A graduate of Escoffier School of Culinary, Chef Yukon can be found at Korea House Restaurant in Austin or serving as the head pastry chef at Wild Orchid Catering.

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Daniele Panella - Italian Cuisine

Daniele has been cooking since he was a child, growing up in Florence, Italy.  From his first failed attempt to make tortellini at the tender age of 7, he followed in the footsteps of his father, who was the earliest and biggest influence in the kitchen. It was his passion in the kitchen that inspired Daniele to pursue and master many Italian classics. 

Daniele began his career nearly a decade ago, offering cooking classes, private dinners and catering for events in Florence, Italy. Daniele recently moved to Austin, to continue where he left off in Italy, aiming to share his passion for Italy, it's authentic Italian food and the truest Italian experience! Want to know more? Check out his website.

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Fer Candil - Spanish Cuisine

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, she also lived in Cadiz (South Spain), and in Santiago de Compostela (North Spain). Fer began learning to cook customary Spanish food at an early age from her mother. She continues to use the same recipes that her family has transmitted orally from mother to daughter for generations. These recipes are being transferred to the new generation, especially now that her son has joined the family business, Paellas, Tapas, and More.

Pallavi Patil - Indian Cuisine

Born and raised in India, Pallavi migrated to USA in 2008. An architect by profession she has always been a foodie at heart. Cooking food is something which she enjoys immensely and credits her mother and grandmother for introducing this wonderful world of flavors and spices. After migrating to USA she and her husband realized how much they miss the authentic taste and flavors used in traditional Indian cooking. This has motivated her to research and experiment with cooking various regional recipes from India.


Chef Raphael Lambert - French Cuisine 

Chef Raphael is originally from the south of France. He graduated from the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon In culinary art and did his internship at the world famous Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Collonge. He then went on to work for other 3 Michelin star chefs such as Chef Guy Savoy and Chef Michel Bras. From 2008-2018 Chef Raphael was executive chef and part owner of Restaurant La Voile in Boston. It was voted best French restaurant in Boston. Looking for a new challenge, he decided to move to Austin to start his own Personal chef service and to bring authentic French Cuisine to Texas. He specializes and is passionate about French, Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine. If you would like to know more about Chef Raphael, take a look at his website Merci!

Are you a dynamic, fun-loving chef or home cook who has a passion for world cuisine?  Come cook with us!