Welcome to Le Petit Eats! I’m Denisse. I live in Santa Barbara, Ca with my husband, John and our three (yup, 3) cats: Bucatini, Marmalade and Whitaker. I’m always thrilled whenever someone takes the time to visit and try out one of my recipes, because bringing people together through food is truly what brings me the most joy. That feeling of connecting with others over a delicious plate is really why I got into the business of food in the first place.


For the past ten years, I’ve worked as a private chef and owner of a boutique catering company called Le Petit Chef (if you’re curious, the name is a nod to my pint-sized stature- 5’2″). I created my blog, Le Petit Eats, to share the vibrant and dynamic recipes that my company is recognized for, and to inspire others to adopt a more wholesome perspective when it comes to cooking.

Much of what you’ll find on LPE are seasonal dishes that I’ve found myself making over and over again, both at home and for my clients. I try to avoid using anything processed and like to let organic, locally sourced produce take center stage whenever possible. My recipes tend to be colorful, flavorful and naturally nutritious.

Many of them are also plant-based, gluten free, dairy free and/or refined sugar free because as a personal chef I’ve become especially adept at accommodating every dietary issue under the sun! So my recipes can help you navigate new eating habits that you and your family may have recently adopted.

Personally, about 80% of the time I follow a vegan and gluten free way of eating because I feel more vital and energetic when I do, but occasionally I consume seafood, cheese, dessert and pasta (it’s my love language). I think indulging moderately is one of the keys to happiness, so you’ll definitely find some killer splurge recipes on the blog!

I’m also passionate about sharing what I’ve learned over the years of working as a professional chef, so occasionally I also share posts where I delve into some of my best pro tips, kitchen essentials and time saving tricks. But I’ll share my biggest tip with you right now: start with fresh, beautiful, seasonal ingredients and you’ll already have the foundation laid for creating a memorable meal (or a thriving food business!)– it really doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy.

I love hearing from you and I so appreciate each and every one of you who have emailed me or commented on one of my recipes!

Drop me a line at  [email protected] and let me know how you fared with one of my recipes, or if you have any cooking questions or want to know more about adopting more nutritionally and environmentally aware eating habits. It’s always nice to connect with you outside of the blog!