1993, at the age of 22, Adam Helm earned his Culinary Arts degree from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Trained in classical French cuisine, he has also acquired considerable knowledge while working for restaurants and catering companies in San Francisco, Seattle and Northern New Jersey.
His titles have included Executive Chef, Chef Garde Manger, Catering Chef, Sous Chef, & Chef Instructor
He successfully managed daily corporate events, formal galas like the ‘04 Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Gala for 1500 guests, and elegant plated menus.
In 2008, Adam relocated to Southern California where he now sits at the helm of his own personal chef business that aims to recreate the home-dining experience he valued while growing up.
Southern California has proven to be the perfect climate for Chef Helm’s work. The right mix of health consciousness, organic living, creative industry and of course, sunshine, have set the stage for culinary success.
There is no limit to what Adam can cook. He has extraordinary experience with California Cuisine, Northwest Seafood, Cajun Creole, Italian, Asian, Indian and Comfort Food. His eclectic menu designs are a dedication to the many international cuisines he has enjoyed while traveling and living and working in culturally diverse neighborhoods over the past 20 years.
Helm’s nature is strong, creative, dynamic, and his profession allows him to constructively harness that energy in a way that he describes as fulfilling and grounding. He is grateful for a career that he enjoys and can feel good about because it brings such joy to others.
In his spare time, Adam attends classes at and cooks lunch for his local Buddhist center, skates with his buddies and hosts dinner parties for loved ones. He looks forward to organizing a non-profit project wherein he can share his knowledge with and provide opportunities for at-risk youth.
Chef Helm’s career path has led him to cook for countless notable figures and celebrities. Some of his past clients include Lady Gaga, the Dalai Lama, Gen-La Kelsang Dekyong, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Barbara Streisand, Tyler Perry, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Roger Daltrey, Amy Winehouse, Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Silverstone, Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, P. Diddy, and Marc Wahlberg.