Meet the Staff

Dan Petrie : Founder

Dan Petrie, Founder

Dan started Mise En Place (meez ahn plahs) in 2012 from an enthusiasm for cooking outstanding food with close friends. After working at some of The Bay Area’s best restaurants, including The French Laundry & Gary Danko, it became clear to him that he should share his passion for food by catering small events, offering cooking lessons and preparing Michelin star caliber food in peoples homes. Today, Mise En Place is comprised of a team of wildly talented chefs from Michelin starred kitchens that span the globe.

Andrew Rivera : Chef

Andrew Rivera, Chef

Service area: SF Bay Area, Napa, Sonoma, Silicon Valley

Specialties: New American, Spanish, Farm to Table

Andrew grew up in a household where food was important but not precious. His dad couldn’t cook to save his life while his mom worked hard to keep churning out meals for her four sons. His mom’s homemade brioche was, of course, the best, but he never could get on board with the “crab cakes” which were basically mounds of fake crab meat piled onto english muffins draped with melted cheddar, like Irish lava dripping down a crustaceous graveyard. But he admired his older brother’s enthusiasm for them, coming to terms that he probably just wasn’t old enough to appreciate the refinement that sparked zeal in his brother.

He got a footing in kitchens by working catering gigs for the university he was attending. A brief and bleak look at the pale underbelly of commercial foodservice and that deep existential angst that comes with opening a bag of pre-chopped tomatoes equipped him with enough motivation to move on to more challenging prospects - ones with more shouting, flames, and booze.

Since then, Andrew’s culinary experience includes running dinner services at Michelin-star restaurants in LA to running kitchens for celebrity chef Tom Douglas in Seattle.

Cooking jobs have allowed Andrew to move along the West Coast from the Pacific Northwest to Los Ángeles and back, and most recently to the San Francisco Bay Area where he found a home at the Chef Collective Mise En Place where he cooks as a Private Chef for our most discerning clientele.

Andrew lives in Berkeley with his partner Maria, their dog Franklin, and loads of cookbooks.

Caleb Jones : Chef

Caleb Jones, Chef

Service area: SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Napa, Sonoma, Silicon Valley

Specialties: New American, Farm to Table, Classic French & Italian

Caleb Jones has over 21 years of restaurant and cater experience. Raised in Northern California Caleb got his first job and at a friends family Japanese restaurant at 15. Caleb then moved to San Francisco to earn a degree from the California Culinary Academy in 2003. He's spent time among some of the top restaurants in San Francisco including Michael Mina, Zuni Cafe, The Fifth Floor, Chez Spencer, Park Tavern as well as working in the corporate food world at Twitter and Airbnb. Caleb received 3 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for his work at Claudine and was the chef of 20 Spot wine bar in the Mission district named Food and Wine magazines best wine bars in the United States.

Jonnatan Levia : Chef

Jonnatan Levia, Chef

Service area: SF Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Napa, Sonoma

Specialities: Latin American, Spanish, California, Farm to Table

Chef Jonnatan Leiva grew up in the Mission District, a rare local inspired by the creative flavors of his grandmothers cooking, love, care and passion that she poured into daily family meals which inspired Leiva to establish cooking as a defining element of his childhood. “I remember all my
friends eating PB&J sandwiches and going to summer camp while I was eating grilled beef heart and visiting all the local butcher shops.”

In 2008, The PlumpJack Group hired Leiva to cook at Jack Falstaff, recognizing great potential in his fresh, inspired use of local ingredients and his energetic approach to cooking. Within months, Leiva’s
outstanding performance led to his promotion to Executive Chef. Leiva remained focused on clean, crisp, balanced flavors and keeping the purity and integrity of each ingredient intact. Leiva’s skill, passion, and approach to cooking earned him the title of Rising Star Chef 2008 from the San Francisco Chronicle. Subsequently, the restaurant was awarded a three-star rating across the board by The Chronicle for food, service and atmosphere, and they were also included in the Top 100 Restaurant roundup of 2009.

He recently launched his chef-curated grab-and-go healthy food concept - FullSkoop, in 2017. Currently featured at all Equinox Gyms in the Bay Area, EatClub, Market On Market, Berkeley Bowl, Gus’s and more, FullSkoop’s dishes feature healthy yet satisfying fresh ingredients sourced from Bay Area farmers and fishermen.

He has done many family style “Outstanding in the Field” events and now joins Mise En Place as a Private Chef. He's has an amazing zest for life, family, pets and all things Bay Area.

Moé Kobayashi : Chef

Moé Kobayashi, Chef

Service area: SF Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Napa, Sonoma

Specialities: Japanese, patisserie, plant based and gluten-free

NorCal born and raised, Oakland native Moé Kobayashi began her kitchen career pursuing classic French pastry and competitive chocolate sculpting at the Notter School of Pastry Arts. After a brief stint in Carmel-by-the-Sea developing the bread and pastry menu for La Bicyclette, she set out to the Rhone-Alps for a position at La Bouitte.

Nestled in the French alps bordering Switzerland, this experience would be a formative influence on both her method and perspective towards food. After a year at La Bouitte, fulfilling the position of Chef de Patisserie for the final season, Moé returned to the U.S. - landing in Chicago to join the opening team of Acadia, and later, Alinea.

Following a string of restaurant openings as Chef de Patisserie, menu consultations, and private chef positions, she has launched her own venture: evoke, a pop-up restaurant following the lean startup method to brick and mortar, can be found in Oakland. You can also find Moé in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, cooking with the team of Mise en Place and sharing her love of food and culture.

Victor Donado : Chef

Victor Donado, Chef

Service area: SF Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Napa, Sonoma

Specialities: Classic French

Born and raised in Los Angeles to Guatemalan parents, the kitchen was always the center of Vic’s household and home cooked meals equated to love.  Since he can remember, food has always been a fascination, especially being around the LA food scene. His mother often retells the story of when Vic was 3, and how she found him standing on a chair, hovering over the stove, stirring a big pot of stew. At a young age, Vic’s mom taught him and his sister the fundamentals of cooking, in hopes they wouldn’t starve when no one was home or resort to eating junk food.

Fast forward years later, Vic found himself naturally back in the kitchen at the age of 18. From working at a sushi restaurant, country clubs, food trucks, private events at Coachella, to opening a juice bar in Beverly Hills – Vic’s experienced it all.  By 2015, Vic found a home at the 21-seat French bistro Petit Trois in Hollywood, training closely under Michelin starred Chef-Owner Ludo Lefebvre as a sous chef. In 2018, Vic helped open Petit Le Valley in Sherman Oaks, Chef Ludo’s biggest restaurant to date. Soon after, Vic was offered the Chef de Cuisine position, but decided to turn down the extraordinary opportunity as he had plans to relocate to the Bay Area in hopes of opening a restaurant he can call his own. In October of 2019, Vic found Mise En Place where he's able to continue honing his craft as a Private Chef.

Jonathan Ahrens : Chef

Jonathan Ahrens, Chef

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