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Chef John Dileo

Meet Chef John DiLeo

With over 30 years of experience, Chef DiLeo can help you with that special dinner party or your commercial kitchen.

I had a fascination with the culinary arts starting at an early age, while cooking at my Great Aunt’s side in our family’s Long Island home. I moved on to work at a local restaurant starting as a dishwasher and worked my way up to line cook before leaving to attend The Culinary Institute of American.

Upon graduation from the CIA, I apprenticed under Christian Delouvrier at “Restaurant Maurice” where we earned three stars from The New York Times. 


As the founding Chef of Zoe in Soho I learned to play with Fire, creating menus around a wood burning oven, grill and rotisserie. As Executive Chef of Lafayette in the Drake Swissotel, I honed my upscale dining skills.  And as the Executive Chef of The Grand Tier at The Met Opera, I took those honed skills and orchestrated them nightly to delight opera patrons.


I have recently moved to the Charleston area and look forward to cooking in private homes which I love because of the intimacy and freedom of expression.


Dinner Parties

Take the hassle out of having a dinner party.  Chef DiLeo will consult with you on menu selection, shop, cook, serve and clean up so you have nothing to do but spend time with your guests.

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Cooking Classes

Interested in the latest culinary techniques or just want to have some fun with a group of friends or co-workers. Chef DiLeo will come to your home or business to demonstrate or have a hands on class.

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Blog and Recipies

Check out the latest happenings and recipes.


Elevate Your Culinary Experience

Discover the Exceptional Services of Chef John DiLeo

Discover the diverse range of culinary and consulting services offered by Chef John DiLeo. Whether you need a personal chef for home-cooked meals, kitchen consulting for menu development and cost control, a short-term solution for your hotel, or catering for cocktail receptions with hors d'oeuvres and tapas for up to 40 guests, Chef DiLeo's extensive experience and dedication ensure personalized and exceptional service for all your culinary needs. Contact him to learn more and elevate your dining experience.


What a wonderful week we had with Chef!  The experience was amazing as well.  Various different cuisines were available to us as well as good ol' home cooking.  Without a doubt, Chef will be seeing us again!!!

Whitney Yates

Your Culinary Affair

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