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Born and raised in California, Chef Denisse Salinas grew up with a deep appreciation for the plentiful agriculture of her surroundings. She can often be found scouring the local farmer's market for what’s in season- fresh, vibrant produce is always the backbone of her culinary creations.

Denisse graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Art History and Communication, and developed her culinary knowledge over several years working in restaurants, catering companies and wineries from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara. She later sought a career which would merge her love for food, proclivity towards a healthy, earth-conscious lifestyle and passion for entrepreneurship, and in 2008 she established Le Petit Chef to nourish her clients with wholesome, nutritious meals made from organic, ethically-sourced ingredients.  

In addition to private chef and catering services, for the past several years Denisse has also freelanced for numerous national brands as a recipe developer, food photographer and food stylist.


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"My mission is to provide healthy yet irresistibly delicious meal options for individuals and families with organic, seasonal ingredients serving as my primary source of inspiration. With each dish I create, I seek to integrate Santa Barbara's local treasures with various cultural influences. Food has the incredible ability to nourish while simultaneously bringing immense joy, and I live for sharing these blessings with others."

-Denisse Salinas, Owner


Chef/Catering: Atlantic Records, Demi Lovato, Chromeo, Charlie Puth, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Jeff Bridges, Senator Barbara Boxer, The Canfield Training Group, POM Wonderful and many more.

Food Photography/Styling: Macy's, SVEDKA, Heineken, Silk, Barilla, WÜSTHOF, Microplane, Lentils.org, Nestlè, Alaska Wild Seafood Institute, Estancia Wines, Sweet Earth Enlightened Foods, Health-Ade Kombucha, Lotus Foods, Lucini, S & W Beans and more.