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Obsesses over the small stuff because cooking for you and having you enjoy your special evening creates memories worthy of obsession!
Imagine yourself in a dinner party of friends and everyone's oohing and ahhing- it's because you've just hired the chef that will prepare the most memorable food experience in Palm Springs.
I'm a recently retired educator and French Culinary Institute (ICC) graduate who spent time training in a variety of NYC Michelin star restaurants. I've trained under chefs like Peter Hoffman, (Savoy), John Fraser (Dovetail) and Carlo Mirarchi (Roberta's and Blanca) among others, and have been devoting recent years to catering to clients for small group and private events. I'm trained in Classical French, but my specialties are authentic Italian, Mediterranean, farm to table, new American, vegetarian and vegan, among others-I'm especially good at making authentic, delicious pizza in your very fancy backyard pizza oven or my traveling barbecue size brick oven! I've spent time in professional development in Florence, Italy and bread making at the International Culinary Center because learning is lifelong. Let's learn together! My home bases are Brooklyn, NY and Palm Springs CA.
I specialize in collaborating with you to create deliciously engaging and fun small group dinner parties and themed backyard parties. Among them: pizza parties and barbecues featuring mouthwatering smoked brisket that people will be talking about for weeks afterward.
Join me with your friends, family or bridal parties for my 'Culinary Coaching' private events (you can do it!) and make your own home fresh pasta parties, crusty french or artisan bread, and pizza better than the pizzaiola down the block, not to mention handmade cheese making and even how to use that fancy espresso machine you just bought-let me share my love of coffee!.
For your private evenings whether it's 2 or 10 guests, enjoy fabulous steak, lamb, poultry, mouthwatering duck and fish specialties cooked traditional-style or sous vide; either way they'll be tender inside and have a perfect mouth watering restaurant-quality crust on the outside.
Contact me to discuss your next private dinner party from 2-20, or if you're looking for private lessons as a novice, or mother-daughter, newly marrieds, or just want cooking lessons to make every day special. For new parents, I'm here to help you develop wholesome baby food recipes to freeze and keep on hand to make baby's first food healthy and nutritious! Of course, special diets are always honored.
For me, cooking is...
Fulfilling and meaningful and it's all about having fun. Cooking helps bond us to our loved ones and our friends and it's the way we show we care.
I learned to cook at...
French Culinary Institute, NYC, Florence Italy. Michelin Starred NYC and San Francisco Restaurants
A role model in the kitchen is...
My French and Italian chefs!
A cooking secret...
Seeing what's fresh in the farmer's market or the supermarket that day and dreaming up your special event-Organic produce chosen as often as possible
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Palm Springs.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Palm Springs. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Palm Springs.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Palm Springs.
Alyson's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Alyson's reviews
Alyson was wonderful! Super easy to communicate with during the planning phase and very responsive. The meal was wonderful, and she even designed a cocktail class to start our dinner party. The food was super flavorful and enough to have left overs. Alyson was great, I would highly recommend her!
Katie Marie - Mar 28 2022
Chef Alyson went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. The pumpkin mules and homemade ice cream were two crowd favorites!! 10/10 would recommend.
Josh - Oct 19 2020
Book your experience with Chef Alyson
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.