From the high seas to your kitchen.
I have had the joy of being a private yacht chef for the past eight years and have now returned to my home port of Santa Barbara, California. I found my inspiration for cooking while living in French villages and cities like Joncy, Rennes, Paris and Grenoble. I loved the fresh markets, rich cheeses and celebration of food. Motivated by this culture, I attended Tante Marie's cooking school in San Francisco and appreciated the influence of greats like Julia Child and her playful pursuit of good food.
Traveling across the world's oceans, I had the greatest adventures cooking delicious meals for a variety of people, from royalty to A-list celebrities. I always loved using local ingredients from the ports we visited. Whether slipping into Greek villages to buy their fresh
caught octopus, getting bushels of bananas cut from the jungle in French Polynesia or simply slicing sashimi from our fresh caught fish in Alaska. The blend of food and adventure always made the meal come to life.
I have now returned to live near my family in Santa Barbara, retired my sea legs and cook for local families, parties and private events. As always, I love using local fresh organic ingredients and food that makes you feel great. In addition to specializing in Mediterranean and California cuisine, I am also a certified raw chef and can happily accommodate any special dietary needs. I am excited to cook for you and share my enthusiasm for food, experiences and living a vivacious life.
Coco did a fantastic job for our party of 12. She is an amazing chef and I highly recommend her!!" -Wendy
I prepare delicious meals in your home for special events or everyday. Plating options can be grazing platters, family style shared or individually plated 3-4 course meals. I am able to bring table settings if needed. I leave your kitchen spotless so you can enjoy the evening with your guests.
SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
I am able to collaborate with you to develop and create everyday recipes and menus to work within any specific dietary restrictions. I believe that food is our medicine and by taking great care of what we put in our bodies, we can heal ourselves. I am a certified raw foods chef and have worked with clients of every background, be it vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, to name a few. I can happily help you get back into the tasty culinary world, even with restrictions so you feel good and eat great food!
Private or group cooking classes. I will empower you with knowledge and helpful tips to make you more confident in the kitchen. Custom menus depending on your level and interests. Some sample topics can be soup basics, dressings, breads, pasta making, fish, desserts and flavor balancing. This can be done in the comfort of your own home or elsewhere. My real desire is that you understand the concepts of cooking and not just how to follow a recipe!
I have a lot of experience setting up galley work spaces to be more functional and create a more enjoyable and productive cooking atmosphere. I will streamline your kitchen so that it flows and meets your culinary needs. I can organize your pantry, drawers and cupboards to be clean and easy to navigate as well as recommend some of my must go-to items to have in the kitchen. You'll feel so great afterwards!!
I am a strong advocate of a whole well-rounded lifestyle and taking the time to slow down, tune in and take care of yourself. I am available to cook at any retreats locally or worldwide to bring balanced food and energy to your experience. I am fluent in French and Spanish so I can easy navigate in most international settings. Let's make your retreat nourishing and inspiring.
"We hired Coco to come to a private residence we rented in Santa Ynez to prepare a decadent dinner for a special 50th birthday, and she hit it out of the park! She was great to work with leading up to the event, a pleasure to have at the home while she cooked and we even asked her to stay late just to hang with us because she's just an amazing human being. I could not be more pleased that we got to meet Coco and enjoy her truly, truly wonderful and creative dishes! We look forward to working with her again!"
Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.