Affordable Excellence


 Freelance  Gourmet

 Private chef & Catering





760.904.8050

* Giovanni

Thank you & Samantha so much for making Kaley's bachelorette celebration so incredible.The menus and the attention to our dietary needs made the dining experience over the top. We appreciate the discretion with all that attended as well...We will certainly call you when we return to the desert, its blissfully peaceful. Palm Springs was the place to be that weekend !!      Briana Cuoco

* Chef Giovanni

Thank you for all the hard work.The cuisine could not have been better.You are truly a talented chef who kept the passion  for the food first...Appreciate the incredibly creative paleo menu you developed for us !We will see you next year on Coachella weekend  

                                           Jack Dorsey   Twitter/ Square-up

* Chef

This weekend was much needed for all of us.The beautiful landscape was complimented by chef Giovanni's wonderful culinary offerings.. He and Samantha took us under their wings & provided us with excellent meals. We had a great time...THANKS !           Daniel Plenge, Marc Jacobs, Intl.

*Giovanni

 You are the ultimate Chef.  Your knowledge of food, preparation, and passion for what you do was so finely displayed.  The fact that you are Italian and Greek, my two favorite culinary experiences even enhanced our menu.  All the the food that you created was so tasty and served at the perfect time.  That is a feat  with five little babies running around!  Samantha, your right hand gal, was perfect as well.  She made all of the meals seamlessly perfect!  Also, I so appreciated you creating a gluten-free option for my daughter and me.  We have never felt better!  Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We will recommend you and look forward to our next culinary encounter.

Warm Regards,

Linnea  Gerber

* Chef

Once again thanks so much for the wonderful meal you prepared for our friends the other night.  We visit the desert often and enjoy entertaining when we are here.  From your mouth watering Asian style shrimp,the apricot and pineapple stuffed Brie baked in puff pastry to the mixed grill, particularly the stuffed chicken breast, every course was timed perfectly and presented beautifully.  

With chef doing the shopping, preparation, and clean up we were free to just relax and enjoy our guests, a memorable evening that will keep our friends talking for months.  Looking forward to our next visit.

Best wishes, Rick and Earl                        Vancouver, Canada

* Chef Giovanni crafted & prepared a dinner for 16 on the occasion of my father-in-law's 90th Birthday. Everyone raved about the food from appetizers to the dessert of Bananas Foster.  The best reason to hire Chef Giovanni is that you can have confidence everything will happen just as you plan. You can enjoy your own party. Chef and Samantha did ALL the work and I got the credit!

Perfect!                                       Nancy Doyle

* I hired Chef to prepare dinner for 17 people for my wife’s surprise party in Palm Desert and he was simply wonderful. Everyone enjoyed his positive energy and professionalism. Chef started with some very imaginative and sumptuous appetizers that he personally plated and served to everyone. When it came time to be seated for dinner everything was in place and he presented the entrees’ in rapid succession so all 17 guests could begin their dinners at the same time. The entrees’ were wonderful and he even prepared a few creative dishes for our vegetarian friends.

The whole afternoon and evening was just perfect largely due to Chef making it an evening to always fondly remember.I would now only hire Chef Giovanni to prepare a special occasion dinner for my friends and family. I highly recommend him for any special occasion.

Todd Rydeheard,  Modern Video Film Inc.

* Chef Giovanni.

This was the first time we have ever booked a personal chef. My family and I were a little nervous to see what to expect. From start to finish you made this process one of the easiest things I have ever had to do! Not only were you available to us on short notice, but you were able to work with us on a package deal that worked for our casual family! I was so impressed with how on point you and Samantha were with being on time, cooking and prepping everything so easily so we could freely eat when we could. The food was absolutely delicious for both the adults and the kids. I was also so happy to find that you guys were so personable that you became part of the family for the week we were at our house that by the end of our stay we missed not having you guys around. My kids still talk about you guys and its been over a month!!!! I would definitely recommend you and Samantha to anyone I speak to going in that area. Thank you guys for the best experience possible!!!!

Sincerely,                                   The Duty/Taylor party

* Kudos to Giovanni !

 We had been working with chef for the past 5 months on getting this event planned and catered, and he helped me with the dinner and bartenders. There were 75 guests to consider and chef removed all apprehension .He treated each guest as if they were each the guest of honor !!

He made some fantastic recommendations for the hor d'oeuvres and the main courses.

We ended up doing two passed hor d’oeuvres and one stationary.  We went with the crab cakes, and bruschetta and the stationary one was a antipasti platter.   They were a hit especially the crab cakes, from what I heard the guests couldn’t get enough of them.  The dinner was just as good we did a buffet style for everyone so that they got hot fresh food and could have as little or as much as they wanted.  Chef’s staffs set up our tables and kept our guest in high spirits with the drinks through out the night.  It was nice to know that he had everything handled and I could leave the dinner and bartenders in his hands for the night.

Thank you again for making our special day even more special.

                                                           Justin

* Chef Giovanni cooked for the families over the Christmas holidays. From  the holiday children's cookie baking session on Christmas Eve to a traditional Christmas dinner, to a very traditional  olde English rib of beef and Yorkshire pudding .... NOTHING was a problem or a challenge for Chef. His treacle pudding even passed the taste test of a very discerning 70 year old Englishman! Every evening's dinner was delicious and Giovanni became part of the family over the week. Thank you so much for helping us have a wonderful Holiday season 2011. Thank you for allowing little Hanna to help you all week in the kitchen and for the adorable chef hat you bought her !

                                                 Helen Hamber -Rhys

*Chef Giovanni

Thank you so much for the spectacular

 food for my recent engagement party in Ranch Mirage at my parents house. My engagement party was planned to be low-key, casual, BBQ with about 20 people....the party turned into a 45 person BBQ with steak & shrimp and wonderful salads. There was only a short period of time for you to organize a menu proposal and you had that information back to me within 2 days. I think that it is awesome that you took into consideration the requests of my mother, fiance, & I and then did all the work to make the food and present the food in a way that was impressive to guests; Especially since I had a couple guests that had food allergies & vegetarians. . Thank you for your flexibility and commitment during our planning, it really did make my day as care-free and fantastic as I had hoped. If I have any parties in the future I would love to utilize your services again and would recommend you highly to anyone in need of a chef. I will remember that BBQ forever, all my friends are still talking about how much fun it was! Hope we can stay in touch!

                                       Thank You,  Laura Marks

* If I could put in 10 stars this is what it would be for Chef Giovanni.

My parents hired him for my brothers wedding in Palm Springs and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Coming from the San Francisco area, I am privy to some of the best food and Giovanni's creations were right up there with some of the best.

We had crab cakes (served with a spicy Cajun sauce, loaded with crab and the best I have ever had), chicken skewers (my almost 3 yr old had about 5 of them they were that good) and bruschetta (perfectly garlicy and seasoned). The apps alone were so generous !

Our salad was a wedge, loaded with all the goodies including avocado and a blue cheese dressing that was light an not overpowering on the salad. Our main meal consisted of macadamia encrusted halibut, tri-tip, garlic mashed potatoes and truffled asparagus. The sauces that he made for the fish and meat were to die for, the potatoes perfectly seasoned and the asparagus delicious as well. Nothing was overly seasoned or salty.

He and his partner Samantha were on time and professional. They were so friendly that I found myself in the kitchen chatting with them a lot and learning about Giovanni's cooking background, fascinating to say the least!

They made our special night one we will never forget. If you want a truly amazing culinary experience this is your guy!

Stacy Aquilino Hart  

 *Dear Chef Giovanni *

I want to thank you for a terrific meal that you prepared to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday.  The meal was outstanding and our guests are still raving about your delicious culinary skills! For anyone reading this recommendation, I want to first outline what sets Chef Giovanni apart from the rest, besides his great cooking- I will call it the 5 P's:

Preparation- My wife and Chef Giovanni worked on a menu that went over the top for our party well in advance of the date. Chef was always there via phone and email to provide suggestions and recommendations to make this meal one to remember. He has such attention to detail.

Professionalism- Chef Giovanni showed up at our house two days prior to the event just to make sure everything he needed to cook a fabulous meal was available and to assess anything that would be needed prior to the big event.  He handles everything.

Promptness- Chef was there on time and ready to go- no excuses, no delays, no hassles.

Plentiful- Chef did not skimp on the ingredients or the quantity. The quality of the food and the taste was beyond 5 star! There was so much food and he even wrapped the leftovers for us which stocked up the fridge.

Price- Chef's prices were very reasonable.  When you price a caterer and compare what they have to offer versus a celebrity chef like Chef Giovanni, you really feel like you got a bargain.

Shawn Dewars

* Chef *

I cannot thank you enough for such an incredible

weekend in Palm Springs. The food was outstanding. You definitely outdid yourself and took the pressure off my guests by none of them having to worry about/deal with meals.  You came thru it with flying colors. Everyone commented that every single dish we eat was superb! You were a pleasure to work with and a true professional. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend you to anyone who needs/wants in-house catering for any function.

Because everyone of our five meals were so fantastic, I cannot even choose one as my favorite; they were ALL that good! You did EVERYTHING you said you would do; buy, prep, cook and clean. To watch you manage pan frying clams, sauteing crab, boiling noodles, barbequing chicken, and steaming vegetables – all at the same time, was remarkable.

Eric Paulson Owner /Lectro Aircraft