Our Founder

Let‘s Meet our Engine – Marián Podola

Marián Podola is the founder and CEO of Private Chef, with years of experience in Michelin Star restaurants. He opened his own in 2017, and a Michelin Bib-Gourmand followed. Marian truly knows how to impress his diners.

Initially hired as a de partie in 2004 at the Absolute Taste London, Marián worked diligently through the ranks. Eventually, he landed the senior de partie position with Maze London under Michelin-starred Jason Atherton. Later on, he was sent to Prague as senior sous to help open up one-star Maze. After Prague, he excelled in the three-star Royal Hospital Road sauce section and a stage at Fat Duck and Dinner in London.

Eventually, he started offering his services as executive chef and private cook at various high-profile homes and estates across Europe.

Mariáns notables are Head Chef for Omega Watchmakers private members club by Quintessentially during the 2012 Olympics, Head Chef at TAG Heuer private pop-up chalet during Paris Air Show, Head Chef for Testing across European circuits with Mercedes McLaren F1 team and Head Chef for pop-up restaurants for Jaguar and Land Rover.

Marián is a committed and passionate professional who offers high-level experience gained in five-star hospitality. He is familiar with many different styles of food and service.

With a Michelin-starred background, Marián has experience with light Mediterranean, modern and classic French, Italian and Spanish, global fusion specialities, Asian or vegan and vegetarian cuisine. He can adapt your meals for special diets and allergies and is familiar with molecular gastronomy and its application. He can create crew menus.

We value Marián for his strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to work in high-pressure, fast-paced environments.

Marián’s hands-on approach and excellent communication and leadership skills enable him to build, train and manage a dedicated team that meets and exceeds expectations both operationally and financially.