Meet The New Chefs

A host of local restaurants welcomed internationally seasoned chefs to their culinary team this past year. Here, we invite you to get to know a little more about them.

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CHEF: Gregory Stillman

RESTAURANT: Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar

LAST GIG: Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe

COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: English muffins with peanut butter and a homemade orange-banana-apple-yogurt smoothie

SPECIALTY: Adapting his menu to his environment, utilizing the local ingredients available to him and tailoring them to his patrons

WHERE TO SAMPLE: 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-969-1818; www.colonypalmshotel.com


CHEF: Jennifer Town

RESTAURANT: Purple Room Restaurant & Stage

LAST GIG: King’s Highway at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs

COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Cheese, all kinds, but “usually the stinkier, the better”

SPECIALTY: Incorporating flavors from her experiences in Northern Italy and the Caribbean with a focus on Italian food and fresh fish, as well as enjoying the soulful process of braising meat

WHERE TO SAMPLE: 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com


CHEF:Kitt Fraser

RESTAURANT: Europa Restaurant at Villa Royale

LAST GIG: Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia

COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Pork, in all its forms

SPECIALTY: Applying worldwide regional ingredients and techniques in his own way, with special attention and love for Mediterranean cuisine

WHERE TO SAMPLE: 1620 S. Indian Trail, Palm Springs. 760-327-2314; www.villaroyale.com


CHEF: Patrice Martineau

RESTAURANT: Citron at Viceroy Palm Springs

LAST GIG: Belmond El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara

COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: French bread

SPECIALTY: Preparing fish and shellfish, employing Japanese cooking techniques and influences, and crafting French pastries

WHERE TO SAMPLE: 415 S. Belardo Rd., Palm Springs. 760-318-3005; www.viceroypalmsprings.com


CHEF: Robert Nyerick

RESTAURANT: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (all restaurants)

LAST GIG: Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells

COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Pizza

SPECIALTY: Providing a genuine seafood experience with items including paella, sea bass, and scallops

WHERE TO SAMPLE: 4100 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-834-2110; www.rancholaspalmas.com


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