Chef Dean Karatas was born in Istanbul and has lived in Geneva, New York, Aspen, and Los Angeles. He studied Hotel Business management at Le Ecole Internationale and then Suisse and Culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu. He currently splits his time between Palm Desert, California and Aspen, Colorado.
Chef Dean started his career as a young cook working in fine dining establishments like the legendary French restaurant L'Orangerie in Beverly Hills, and serving at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons as a fine dining cook.
He has worked for many world-renowned organizations like the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Takashimaya 5th Ave. in New York City, and the Los Angeles Convention Center. He has also cooked for Los Angeles movie studios Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in capacities from bus boy to corporate chef, and has spent years working as personal chef for a number of celebrities and high-profile clients in Beverly Hills and the Palm Springs desert area.
Chef Dean has helped to successfully conceptualize, design, open, and operate many different restaurants nationwide during his career that has spanned over two decades. Now his enjoying cooking as a personal Chef ( home chef ) and other food services in the desert area.
His cuisine is Modern European, Italian, Ottoman-style Eastern European, and American with an emphasis on local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients. He’s also well-versed and comfortable cooking for those looking for Gluten-free, keto, vegan, Kosher, and vegetarian dishes.
Chef Dean continues to refine his knowledge and technique, treating each day as a chance to learn something new and to share the knowledge he has gained with those lucky enough to dine at his table.
Chef Dean is now available for bookings in Palm Springs, CA.
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Rare Filet Mignon on mille feuille , and Horseradish
Cream of Chilliwack corn soup, marinated lobster, with butter Calabrian chilies
Butternut squash Arancini, parmigiano reggiano cream, crispy sage
Strawberry/Rhubarb “Mini" Tostadas:
Crisp Cinnamon Corn Tortilla, Strawberry/Rhubarb Compote, Candied Rhubarb, Strawberry Brûlée, Almond Crumb, Meringue, Creme Anglaise
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Chef Dean was amazing. His food was exceptional and so delicious with flavors and recipes we had not experienced before. The lamb was perfect and the lobster salad with the jalapeño/lime
pineapple was a highlight. He himself was a wonderful man; so personable, friendly, relaxed and completely professional. He set a tone that made us all feel we were in good hands and our party was a huge success because of him. And a the chef’s assistant, Jakob, was just as wonderful.
-Louis F. Palm Springs, CA
Dean was amazing. His food was fabulous – for him to cater to so many dietary restrictions and still serve the most amazing meal was impressive. We LOVED his personality too!
-Jacqueline D. Dallas, TX
He was very warm and friendly and also very professional. We enjoyed having him so much!
-Chelsea G. San Francisco, CA
Chef Dean cooked up an absolute feast at our dinner in Palm Springs. He was polite, friendly…. and an amazing chef! Would highly recommend him. Thank you Chef Dean!
-Ashlea M.-B. London, UK
Had a fantastic dinner for a friend’s birthday party recently. Chef Dean was all smiles all day even in a hot kitchen in the hot desert. The food was delicious, and the table was set gorgeously. The entire group raved about the meal, and everyone was happy. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
-Tony B. Beverly Hills, CA
Chef Dean is friendly and fun. His food is delicious. Loved he interacted with guests while cooking.
-Ximena R. Venice, CA
I’ve known Dean for over 20 years. His sense of style and eye for detail make him stand apart from others in his field. His plate ups push great food into the sublime.
-Frank A. New York, NYC
Artistic plating, exciting flavoring, handsome and very respectful chef. All of our guests enjoyed his energy, personality and especially their meal. Will absolutely hire chef Dean again with full confidence.
-Ronn B. Palm Springs, CA
You did a fantastic job! Everything was delicious and beautiful.
-Mark and Justin. Palm Springs, CA
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