MY CHEF LISA, founded in 2004, is based in San Francisco, California.
Telephone: 415.674.1213

LISA KNISPEL, founder and executive chef
Lisa Knispel was once an attorney working in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. She realized one day that creativity and other important aspects of a balanced life were seriously lacking, and decided to pursue her passion—cooking and entertaining!

Lisa is a graduate of the professional culinary program at Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco, and worked at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco under chef-owner Nancy Oakes. As well, Lisa previously worked with Betty Zlatchin Catering Company, and taught and assisted with cooking party classes both at Tante Marie's Cooking School and with Gourmet Gatherings. In addition to her work as a personal chef, Lisa teaches cooking party classes with the company Hands On Gourmet, and is a chef for the American Culinary Chefs' Best organization, which has chef panels test, taste and judge America's food products.

Lisa has first-hand knowledge regarding special diets, and tailors her menus to each client's dietary restrictions, preferences and needs. Lisa enjoys using the freshest, seasonal ingredients and is eager to share her love of food and cooking with her clients.


“Lisa is very professional to work with.  She comes to our house prepared with all her tools and spices.   She leaves the kitchen spotless and the refrigerator full of yummy food. She has been 100% reliable as well as flexible to our needs.  

We had house guests as well as hosted several dinners over the holidays and Lisa prepared all of the food such that I only needed to heat and serve the meal.  It was both elegant and delicious!”

- Gretchen Knoell & Mark Higbie