We are so lucky to live in Southern California and be able to make quick getaways out to the desert. Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to go for a few days of fun in the sun. And while there are many awesome hotels to stay at, one of my favorite things to do is rent a house! But who wants to cook on vacation!?
Hiring a private chef is a great way to take the pressure off and have an amazing dining experience. Here is a list of private chefs in Palm Springs to help you create amazing desert memories whether you are traveling with your friends or family.
Why You Should Hire a Private Chef in Palm Springs
There are so many amazing homes to rent in the Palm Springs area and they are perfect for a quick weekend getaway with friends or a longer family vacation. But when you rent a home, you are responsible for all your meals.
There are tons of great restaurants in town but if you’re looking for an easy night in, hiring a personal chef in Palm Springs is a great idea! You get to enjoy the comfort of a gorgeous home while relaxing while an expert cooks you a delicious meal!
Originally posted September 10, 2014.
Previously, Michelle Globis of Palm Springs Plan, was my go-to gal. And while her website is still up, I think she is taking a break from catering at the moment. But I loved her and her food so much I wanted to leave her info so you can double check if you’re looking for someone to hire.
She mostly follows a Paleo plan with the meals, but they will appeal to anyone who likes tasty food. Her dishes are absolutely delicious and she takes great care in putting each menu together. But the experience of using a chef truly goes so far beyond just the meal.
This is an experience that I hope everyone can have at some point in their life. The next time you rent a house in the desert with your friends or family, you simply must hire a private chef one evening!
When you hire a private chef in Palm Springs, they handle everything! They help create a menu that everyone will love. And while you can give ideas of what you are looking for, and especially any dietary restrictions, I mostly leave the planning up to the chef since that is their area of expertise.
The chef will arrive early and bring just about everything they will need (they might ask you to check on the cooking utensils once you’ve arrived at the rental property to make sure they have what they need). They prepare the food, serve it and handle all the cleanup.
This is money well spent in my opinion.
Whether you are looking for something super fancy or a casual dining experience these private chefs can work with you to provide the vibe you are looking for.
And the quality of ingredients that are available in the Coachella Valley is amazing! There is a great variety of locally sourced ingredients to provide your dinner guests with a delicious dinner.
This is a sample of the menu we had for our girl’s trip. SO amazing! And I didn’t have to cook any of it! Most chefs won’t provide the alcohol unless you talk to them about it ahead of time. So you can provide whatever wine or cocktail setup you would like.
Whether your catered meal is served family style or served, you’ll really enjoy having someone else prepare your it for you. Especially when they bring out dessert. We were served a crazy tasty watermelon lime Tequila granita. Yup, tequila. This was the absolute perfect finish to a perfect meal.
Another benefit of using a private chef in Palm Springs is that they pack up the leftovers for you and you can enjoy them during the rest of your stay. It’s genius really! It’s an experience you will never forget!
It feels luxurious but it’s not over the top. And while you may end up spending a little bit more than you would while out for a restaurant, you are getting the best service, delicious food prepared especially for you and if you are on a trip with another family or some friends, you can split the cost.
In my opinion, it’s totally worth it. Especially if you are celebrating a special occasion like a birthday.
Private Chefs in Palm Springs
Chef Robert Wepplo is a hands on restaurant trained chef that has a passion for fresh, organic and seasonal cuisine. Take a second to look over his site and you'll find awesome ideas for grazing boards. And also a taco menu. He just moved to the top of my list. Stephen Lee is a sustainable chef who uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. He was a finalist on Season 6 of Master Chef on Fox and caters large and small parties. Chef Heng of Fusion Flair specializes in creating custom menus for catering your Palm Springs wedding or private event. He uses fresh-sourced ingredients and can create a memorable dining experience. An experienced host and event planner, Chef Lynne is the owner and chef of "It’s My Turn to Cook” Personal Chef Service. She helps to create personalized menus for any type of party. Anthony Cruz is a private plant-based chef from Indio who can create a delicious meal for your special event! Bringing 15 years of professional experience, Chef Bryn Herrlein will help you plan your unique menu using fresh local ingredients to enjoy in the comfort of your home.
Chef Robert Wepplo
Stephen Lee Cooks
Chef Lynne McCleery
Chef Anthony Cruz
Chef Robert Wepplo is a hands on restaurant trained chef that has a passion for fresh, organic and seasonal cuisine. Take a second to look over his site and you'll find awesome ideas for grazing boards. And also a taco menu. He just moved to the top of my list.Continue Reading
Stephen Lee is a sustainable chef who uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. He was a finalist on Season 6 of Master Chef on Fox and caters large and small parties.Continue Reading
Chef Heng of Fusion Flair specializes in creating custom menus for catering your Palm Springs wedding or private event. He uses fresh-sourced ingredients and can create a memorable dining experience.Continue Reading
An experienced host and event planner, Chef Lynne is the owner and chef of "It’s My Turn to Cook” Personal Chef Service. She helps to create personalized menus for any type of party.Continue Reading
Anthony Cruz is a private plant-based chef from Indio who can create a delicious meal for your special event!Continue Reading
Bringing 15 years of professional experience, Chef Bryn Herrlein will help you plan your unique menu using fresh local ingredients to enjoy in the comfort of your home.Continue Reading
I reached out to the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau to help me create this list for you. Their site is a great resource for planning your trip to the desert!
Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to visit because there is as much or as little as you want to do. If it’s too hot, you can go to the movies. If you love to swim you can find amazing pools at the local hotels or rent a home with one.
There are amazing restaurants to eat at and the downtown area is in the middle of a revitalization and it’s a really fun area to walk around in the evening. But even if you aren’t staying Palm Springs proper, you are never far from fun activities and delicious food.
My grandparents retired just down the road in Desert Hot Springs so I’ve been visiting this area pretty much my whole life. While it does get really hot (so some people skip summer), winter is also a fun time to visit!
You can check out one of the Acme House Co homes from our winter family trip to Palm Springs. It was perfect for us!
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This list of private chefs in Palm Springs will help you plan a memorable trip to the desert that you won’t soon forget! Enjoy every minute of your vacation by bringing in an expert to create a gorgeous dinner for your friends or family!