Find private chefs, personal cooks, catering, meal preparation and cooking class services for your vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley:
Private Chef Mattias Blom
Chef Mattias developed a taste for great cooking at an early age while growing up in Sweden, first by tasting and cooking with his mother in their family kitchen and later as an apprentice at local restaurants as a teenager. He has been a professional chef in and around Santa Barbara since 1991 and now comes to your rental where he will cook with seasonal and organic ingredients from our local markets. Mattias makes everything himself; from decor to menus, photography and of course his website where you can read up on clients who praise his clean rustic flavors that comes with a professional yet relaxed approach. He offers a variety of options for any event with an easy set-up that includes all tableware, eat-ware, glass-ware, silver and decor for one simple per-person cost with no hidden charges.
Private Chef Robin
Robin is a California chef who works her culinary magic combining unique flavors with seasonal local products. As a professional chef, for over 30 years, Chef Robin provides an intimate, home-cooked experience that is anything but traditional, using classic techniques she honed at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and is a caterer, event planner, food writer, instructor and food consultant. Through her travels and working abroad for many years, she has developed a flavorful Mediterranean cooking style and was written about it in her three cookbooks, Simply Delicious Wine Country Recipes-A Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley, A Taste of Ojai-Small Plates and A Taste of Santa Barbara-Crafting a Meal infusing the distinctive and unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean. Chef Robin provides Family Style meals for small dinner parties and groups, breakfast and lunch items for the weekend. Contact Chef Robin for sample seasonal menus.
Martin and Debi started catering weddings and corporate affairs in 1983 with what their area is known for, the Santa Maria Style BBQ, using red oak indigenous to the Central Coast. It takes a lot of experience to bbq for large numbers and serve to hundreds of guests either in a plated or buffet style and have everyone give rave reviews on the quality of the meat. Their chicken and seafood entrees are also extremely popular. Seasoned roasted local vegetables, also from the Santa Maria Valley, grace the plate as well as the palate. If the client wishes a different cuisine, Executive Chef Alex, with over 20 years of experience, will present a menu for any specific request. Testa Catering is known not only for the excellent food they bring to the table, but for excellent service and beautiful presentation given to each and every affair. Team Testa is made up of the highest qualified, experienced culinary and service team.
Chef Jake O. Francis
When seeking a chef to craft an inspired menu utilizing local produce for a winemaker dinner, many winery owners enlist Jake O. Francis, both a heritage breed pig farmer and incredibly skilled chef. His depth of understanding the farming process from start to finish is apparent in his rustic yet refined approach, and showcasing locally grown and raised produce and meat.
Chef Jensen Lorenzen
As a chef Jensen has become close friends with farmers, ranchers, foragers, cheese makers, vintners and brewers. Working as a part of the local food community has given him a close connection with locally harvested and seasonal foods. He believes that cuisine should be a reflection of a region, as such, sustainably harvested ingredients and thoughtfully sourced products are the heartbeat of all of his menus.
Chef Adair has worked for 20+ years in the culinary arts as a Chef: With a hospitality degree from the Le Cordon Blue, restaurant and executive Chef/Owner, 10 years in high end restaurants in Napa – Sonoma and owner of a catering company. Chef Adair & Co. has performed 100’s of catering and private chef dining experiences and events. Chef Garrett Adair is a Wine Country epicurean through and through; and now brings his professional and fun culinary experience to Santa Ynez Wine Country for epicurean Vacation in – home dining experiences.
Chef Coco Laforge
Chef Coco is a local California girl who has grown up surrounded by fresh produce and a family oriented around the garden. After 8 years as a private chef on luxury super yachts around the world, Coco has returned to cook closer to home. Coco loves cooking simple local food that highlights fresh ingredients and feeling great. She specializes in Mediterranean family style cuisine and as a certified raw chef, she can happily accommodate any special dietary needs. Mention SYVR when booking your reservation and receive 10% off your dining experience.
Farmbelly Cooking Classes & Private Chef
Michelle Aronson is an organic farmer, chef and educator based in Santa Barbara, CA. She has been farming and cooking for over 10 years, and she attended culinary school at the renowned Ballymaloe Cooking School. Michelle is the owner of the Farmbelly Cooking School, where she teaches farm to table cooking classes on topics ranging from Fresh Cheesemaking, to Herbs 101, Cook the Farmers’ Market, Pickling & Fermenting, Fundamentals of Plant-Based Cooking, Knife Skills and many more. Her private, in-home classes are full service and include all equipment, locally sourced ingredients, recipe packet, and 2-3 hours of hands-on instruction while cooking a highly seasonal, locally sourced and vibrant meal together. Whether you have an intimate group of two people or up to 40, Michelle will curate an unforgettable culinary experience that will leave you and your guests nourished and inspired. Mention SYVR when booking and receive 10% off your culinary experience.
Country Garden Catering
CGC is a benefit corporation and 25% of their net goes to the Santa Ynez Valley Senior Citizens’ Foundation which supports the Buellton Senior Center and Meals On Wheels.
Billy Ruiz Cowboy Caterin’
Barbecue and catering
Ernie Price Catering
Fresh Pressed Juice
The Juicy Life Juicery
The Juicy Life Juicery stocks your Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals’ fridge with fresh pressed juice made in unique limited batches. The Juicy Life Juicery’s menu changes each month to flow with the seasons for optimal health. Their seasonal juices are created based on what is fresh, most delicious and available at from our local farmers.
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