s a caterer to the stars, Lance Corralez shines with his creative and simple cuisine. Lance began dabbling in the kitchen as a small boy at Hollywood’s Original Brown Derby while his mother waited tables. That was the beginning of a life-long journey for the acclaimed, self-taught chef.
If you don’t have pizzazz in your meal it’s going to look blasé. It’s not going to be red carpet ready I can show you how to take simple ingredients and create a dish fit for the stars. Whether you’re in need of a show-stopping appetizer, a standout main course, or a stunning dessert, you’ll find it here.
Lance first broke into the food world as the chef at Broadway Bar and Grill in Santa Monica. There he proved his skills and eventually moved on to be the Executive Chef at Morton’s Steakhouse in 1997.
Leading the kitchen at Morton’s brought Lance straight to Hollywood. During his time there he welcomed the excitement by throwing fourteen Vanity Fair Academy Award parties. These events included a multitude of top celebrities with the likes of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry as well as top studio executives.In addition to being a top chef, Lance is a great businessman. He has boosted many LA restaurant profit levels upwards of thirty percent, including Micky’s (West Hollywood), Dukes Coffee Shop (Sunset Strip) and World Café (Santa Monica).
Lance’s tempting food, business mind, and engaging personality led him to restaurants all over Southern California. Lance’s restaurant resume also includes the Abbey (West Hollywood), Taix French Restaurant (Echo Park), Old Town Bakery (Pasadena), Bar Celona (Pasadena), Smittys Grill (Pasadena) and the Bel Air Bay Club (Pacific Palisades).
A passion for sharing his love of food brought Lance to take part in the Food From A Hood. This program raises scholarship money for LA’s inner city kids, allowing them to take a chance creating their own businesses. This program won a Newsweek American Achievement Award in 1995.
Most recently, Lance has taken his food further into the glamorous world of the stars by serving as a food consultant for film and television productions. In the impossible to forget dinner scene in Little Fockers, Lance assisted with the turkeys. He works on the set of the TV series, Parenthood and he also mentored a contestant on the TV series The Next Great American Restaurant.
Lance’s newest venture is his private cooking classes, Cooking With Corralez, which began in August of 2011. The chef arrives at the student’s home and teaches the ins and outs of simple meals for any event. Each student creates a personalized menu, choosing each course from appetizer to dessert.
“The love for this career is the passion I pass on to students, and how to move each one forward in their craft. I teach them to have trust in themselves for what they are getting ready to embark in life!”
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