Gene Gerrard

Gene Gerrard
Business: Divoon Dining
Expertise: French cooking, Italian cooking

Gene Gerrard is a food writer and award-winning personal chef in Los Angeles with a wide range of clients including actors, writers, directors, and business professionals. He frequently presents cooking demonstrations at culinary shows and conventions and writes reviews of top kitchen appliances.


  • Culinary education in Russia and Europe
  • Certified as a professional personal chef by the U.S. Personal Chefs Association
  • Chef-owner of a private dining and special event planning service
  • Presents cooking demonstrations at culinary and home design expositions throughout Southern California


Gene Gerrard is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes on meat and wild game for over three years. Gene was raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, and after graduating from college, he took the first step in his culinary education by traveling to Russia, where he was inspired to recreate the French-influenced cuisine of the czars. He immersed himself in French cooking, training in the classic preparations of Le Cordon Bleu. He then traveled to Italy, and under the tutelage of Chef Massimo Natale, he focused on authentic Italian cuisine, particularly the specialties of Rome and Emilia-Romagna.

Gene has presented culinary techniques at the Fancy Food Show, Natural Foods Expo West, and the AARP National Convention, and has appeared as a guest chef on a local California cooking show. In 2006, he became the owner-chef of Divoon Dining, a private dining and special event planning service.​

In 1997, he had the opportunity to meet his culinary hero, Julia Child, who encouraged him to be "a fearless chef, which is just how a chef should be!"


Gene Gerrard earned his bachelor's degree with honors at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is certified as a professional personal chef by the U.S. Personal Chef Association.

Awards and Publications

In 2016, Gene was voted one of the Top 5 Personal Chefs in Los Angeles by Expertise, a research service identifying top professionals.

He writes reviews of kitchen items for Your Best Digs, a website featuring product information and recommendations, and has made appearances as a guest chef on "Community Cooking," a local TV show in Southern California.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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