A California chef whose memorable meals range from lively brunches
and casual cocktail parties to intimate private dinners and celebratory events, Robin Goldstein provides home-cooked experiences with unique flavors and contemporary style.
Her early exposure to fine dining at her grandparents’ restaurant along with her food-loving family sparked her lifelong passion for cooking.
A Washington, D.C. native, she grew up dining at the city’s most prominent restaurants and went on to study classic techniques at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in New York. Chef Robin moved to California in 1984 and pursued a career as a professional chef while owning a full-service catering and event-planning business. Through her travels and later living abroad for a number of years, she has developed and fine-tuned her California-Mediterranean cooking style, with an emphasis on spice and flavor.
The author of three cookbooks celebrating fresh, seasonal California-Mediterranean cuisine, and the creator of her signature line of salts and spice blends, Robin is also in demand as a food stylist, cooking instructor, and commentator for print and visual media.
Robin lives in an oak-shaded neighborhood in the Ojai Valley, surrounded by nature and the scenic beauty of the local mountains
that Ojai is famous for.
Artful and thoughtful presentation through food styling.
As a professional chef with an extensive background in private catering, event planning, cooking instruction, and food styling, Chef Robin has more than three decades of experience in plating and arranging photo-worthy dishes. Her inviting tablescapes and tasteful presentations use both bold and delicate details, while always keeping fresh, seasonal ingredients as the focus. The author and stylist of her own three cookbooks, Robin has also been the go-to food stylist for many projects and books by others, including Dotty Griffith’s recently published The Ultimate Tortilla Press Cookbook.
Chef Robin draws inspiration and intuitive creative direction for her artful culinary creations from her extensive travels around the Mediterranean and the landscapes and lifestyles of Ojai, Santa Barbara, and the Santa Ynez Valley. She has worked closely with professional photographers and loves to add her artistry either in support of someone’s vision or by helping to create that vision from scratch.
The following pictures are a sampling of Chef Robin’s professional food styling, which has been published in cookbooks, magazine features, advertisements, and menus for photo shoots.
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In print and in person, Chef Robin brings her passion for sharing fine food and wine with family and friends.
With her warm and lively personality, Chef Robin adds zest to cooking demonstrations, classes, and tastings. She is available to discuss a variety of food- and wine-related topics and can provide monthly or quarterly recipe contributions for print or other media. She can also provide professional food styling for books, magazines, or television.
Chef Robin and her cookbooks and products have been featured in many magazines, including Santa Barbara, 805 Living, Edible Santa Barbara and Ojai & Ventura County, and Santa Barbara Seasons. The mouth-watering and inventive recipes in her three Taste of California cookbooks—Simply Delicious Wine Country Recipes, Crafting a Meal, and A Taste of Ojai—inspire home cooks to create beautiful and memorable meals.
“When writing recipes I am the first to admit when it comes to food, I get inspiration from anything and everything. If I see a recipe I like, I’ll take it, rework it, taste it and try to think of ways to make it my own by adding unique flavor and texture combinations.”
Interviews & Press Materials
Press materials, including high-resolution photos, recipes, and more can be provided upon request. Chef Robin is available for interviews on TV, radio, and in print and online publications. Please submit a press request on the Inquiry Contact page and please include the timeline for your feature.