A California chef whose memorable meals range from lively brunches and casual cocktail parties to intimate private dinners in your own home, Chef Robin provides cooked experiences with unique flavors and contemporary style.
Her food-loving beginnings in family restaurants sparked her lifelong passion for cooking. A Washington, D.C. native, she went on to study classic techniques at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in New York, then moved to California in 1984 and has pursued her cooking career ever since. Through her travels and 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 four local cookbooks celebrating fresh, seasonal California-Mediterranean cuisine, and the creator of her signature line of condiments and sauces and salts blends, Robin is also in demand as a food stylist, cooking instructor, and contributor 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 tasteful presentations use both bold and delicate details, while always keeping fresh, seasonal ingredients as the focus. The author and stylist of her own 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 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 have 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 relaxed personality, Chef Robin adds spice to cooking demonstrations, classes, and tastings. She is available to discuss a variety of food-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’s 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 four cookbooks—Simply Delicious Wine Country Recipes, Crafting a Meal, and A Taste of Ojai—inspire home cooks to create beautiful and memorable meals.
Interviews & Press Materials
Press materials, including high-resolution photos, recipes, and more can be provided upon request. Available for interviews on TV, radio, and in print and online publications. Please submit a press request on the Inquiry Contact page.