Chef Jennifer Town has worked in some of Palm Springs most iconic restaurants. Most recently she was the Executive Chef at Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn where she brought her love for cooking, high culinary standards and experience commanding the kitchen to the newly restored Inn & restaurant – which was part of PlumpJack Group’s portfolio of award-winning wineries, acclaimed restaurants, bars and boutique hotels. Chef Town added her fresh take on classic recipes with premium ingredients, a touch of showmanship and elegance to create memorable dining experiences that tasted as good as they looked.
Chef Town is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and also studied at Northern Italy’s Ristorante La Torre under Chef Patrizia Grossi, head chef for the Italian Olympic Team in Salt Lake City, Athens and Torino, Italy. She then went on to become junior sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas where she trained under a master French pastry chef and oversaw all aspects of food preparation within a four-star hotel. After four years of island life, Town relocated to Palm Springs to be part of the opening culinary management team for the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Prior to joining Ingleside Inn & Melvyn’s Restaurant, Chef Town served as executive chef of the Purple Room Supper Club. In balancing creativity with tradition and fresh ingredients, she elevated the restaurant’s midcentury supper club menus into modern day.
No stranger to the public eye, Town has appeared on Food Network’s Guilty Pleasures and the Travel Channel’s Man versus Food, Food Paradise and Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations. She has also competed in numerous culinary competitions in the Coachella Valley. Chef Town has just returned from New York City where she cooked with 4 other local chefs at the James Beard House to represent Palm Springs in the big city.