Winner of Food Network's "Chopped"
At The Simple Gourmet Kitchen, we believe that food tastes better when it’s made by hand and driven by farmer’s market inspiration. We love to cook and we love to eat; we get excited over a perfectly ripe peach, the char on a wood-fired pizza and making sausage from scratch. Our mission is to share this love through food crafted with care from nature’s best ingredients.
In 2003, The Simple Gourmet started with the mission to teach everyday people how to cook better food. Founder and Co-Owner, Melanie Barsuk, began with small, private cooking classes and, before long, had a thriving culinary events company that specialized in hands-on culinary team building events. Before long, those students were hungry for more and The Simple Gourmet Kitchen catering services were born. Soon Melanie and Co-Owner/Executive Chef, Taji Marie, were catering events throughout Los Angeles featuring their seasonal, inventive food.
In 2011 Melanie and Taji began SGK PRO, a catering division focused on feeding professional athletes. Their meals have helped fuel athletes of the LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy, NFL Combine, USTA, and visiting athletes from around the world.