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Owner / Chef

Luis Martinez

Owner / Chef
“My passion for fine food and customer service brought me to travel a couple of times to Italy and Morocco. The influence of these new flavors became evident in my dishes.”

What we do Best

Setting up an event that everyone will remember is not an easy task. What makes the difference is great food and drinks, originality, and attention to details no matter what the occasion, the venue, or the number of guests you will entertain.

With a long and successful path in the restaurant industry, Chef Martinez can provide exceptional service and interact with customers, while preparing unique and delicious dishes.  He will mesmerize you with his exquisite combination of flavors, fresh ingredients, and huge quality service through his specialties from Latin American, Spanish, and Italian cuisine. Your event will become a memorable experience that your guests talk about for a long time.  

The talented team of Essentials by Luis Martinez will assist you in creating an event where fun, taste and innovation blend beautifully.  Whether you are planning a small gathering for ten, or an extravagant party for three hundred guests, we can help you to choose a delicious menu that it tailors your ideas, goals, and expectations paired with the best wine selection, decoration, and music. 

Essentials by Luis Martinez is specialized in catering for business luncheons, board meetings, team building (cooking classes, wine tastings), holiday parties, branding and promotions, grand openings, private dinners, conventions, destination events, sporting events, cultural and arts, weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette, bar and bat mitzvahs, social galas, awards dinners, cocktail receptions, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and signature chef tables.

Our most experienced staff offers our amazing services in the Grand Houston area; where we look forward to making your next corporate event the best yet. Please, call us at 732-309-1465 or 832-409-3340 for a consultation.

Chef Luis Martinez is passionate about food. He honors his cultural roots incorporating the freshness and complexity of Latin America gastronomy to his menu, in which also introduces the heritage left by Spanish and Italian immigration in his home country -Venezuela-, which is expressed in a syncretism of flavors, history, and ingredients.

He nurtured his culinary abilities by studying and working with many talented Chefs from different parts of the world while traveled from Venezuela to Montreal, Princeton – New Jersey, Morocco, Las Vegas -as participant in several pizza shows-; and Sardinia, Rome, Campania, Piemonte, Savona and Modena in Italy where he furthered his knowledge in Italian cuisine and wine production.

His passion, cooking skills and professionalism have opened the doors to some of the best kitchens in Montreal-Canada and the United States, where he has had the honor of cooking for celebrities like Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Danny De Vito, Alec Baldwin, Steven Baldwin, Marilyn Manson, Michael Schumacher, Celine Dion and Moulay Hitcham (Prince of Morocco). Also, his fluency in English, French, Italian and Spanish makes him a highly versatile chef who can entertain and engage any audience. 

Chef Martinez is not just recognized for his fine technique and food artistry, but his is also the only chef in Texas who brings fun and expertise in weddings, corporate events, and private homes.


Egon and Marcia Poisl

“We had the opportunity of using your services twice within a month period this year and we were very, very happy with the results. Most important was the occasion for our daughter’s Sweet 16 in which Essential provided for all food, drinks, and service. It was outstanding, we had everyone commenting on the excellent quality of the food. Although we had over 80 people at the party all details were covered by Essentials and we did not have to worry about anything except enjoy the party and guests. The personnel was professional and courteous which is one of the most important attributes as it makes everyone feel good about the party. Also, not to forget that at the end they left the house in the same way as when they arrived – which made our lives much easier! We would recommend Essentials to anyone who is planning an event and wants to have first class service for their guests. It was truly a joy to work with such dedicated and talented people! You are “Essential” to all our events!!!”

Julie Osbeck

“Chef Martinez catered our 8th-anniversary party. We have approximately 28 guests. Chef showed up on time and brought his staff with him. The prepping and wonderful delicious scents filled the air in our kitchen. He brought all his dishes etc. The night went on and the guest arrived. His staff was very gracious and friendly. All our guest were served and the entire evening my husband and I felt relaxed and pampered as Chef and his staff took care of everything. The food was all delicious and presented beautifully. Our guests all felt special and had a wonderful time. After the guests were gone, Chef and his staff were busy cleaning up. When they were done it was as if they were never there. That night Chef gave my husband and me the best gift, a fun relaxing party with no mess to clean after. Thank you, Chef, for making our event just absolutely wonderful.”

Tanya Thompson

“We have known and worked with the chef for years and I’ve been so excited to see his business prosper. It’s not just the food, it is the experience. He creates a theme and delivers on point. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for his staff who effortlessly saw to the needs of our guests before they even realized their glass or plate were empty. We loved the whole process of creating an experience for our guests with Chef Martinez. Pig roast was our latest. Thank you, my friend, for all the memories and for those yet to come!! “

Sheila Segnalini

“Essentials by Chef Martinez has become the go-to gourmet option for my parties. Chef Martinez achieves the perfect combination of extraordinary, flavorful, mouth-watering food and impeccable service. Chef Martinez and his team take care of every detail related to the food and make sure that when my guests leave the party they had an excellent dinner experience. I highly recommend Essentials by Chef Martinez for your next dinner party!”

Sharon Fox

“We loved having Chef Martinez cook for my husband’s company holiday party. One guest commented that the food took him back to his days working as an ex-pat in Venezuela. Another guest commented that it was the best food he had eaten in Houston since moving here two years ago. It was a memorable evening! “

Mauricio Montanari

“We have used Essentials by Chef Martinez twice. We had a small family reunion of about 16 people and then we had a massive party of around 45 guests. Every single occasion was different. Different dishes, different ideas, and different atmosphere. We and our guests had an amazing experience, everyone had made extraordinary comments about the food, their service and the elegance in which was all presented. My personal observation and advice for everyone, is that let someone with experience and knowledge organize your event like Essentials by Chef Martinez can do.”