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Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa

44-400 Indian Wells Lane · Indian Wells, California 92210 USA

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Chef & Staff Profiles

Discover the team that makes our Palm Springs restaurant so special.

Executive Chef Eric Theiss

Executive Chef Eric Theiss manages the resort’s six Palm Springs restaurants with an expert staff of 60. A master of blending authentic with the varied and intriguing, he is a seasoned veteran with nearly two decades of culinary craftsmanship.


Prior to joining the Renaissance Esmeralda team, Theiss oversaw the kitchens at notable properties including Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe and Park Ridge Marriot, and worked his way up through the ranks at the San Diego Marriott and JW Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

“Chef Theiss has an incredible intuition, bringing out the very best in flavors while incorporating locally sourced ingredients and modern techniques into each dish that he prepares," said General Manager Tim Sullivan. “His talents shine in our multi-award winning Palm Springs restaurants.”

 

Pastry Supervisor Sefika Kaya

Tantalizing flavors and artful creations have delighted dining patrons at the Palm Springs bistro in the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa since 2007 thanks to Pastry Supervisor Sefika Kaya.


A native of Turkey, she graduated from Baskent University and later attended Le Cordon Bleu for its baking and pastry art program. Kaya’s hotel career spans 14 years with assignments in Turkey and various California markets.


“We are never through learning,” she said. “I am forever testing, marrying and introducing new flavors to our valley, which brings me so much joy when I get to see a glint of surprise and a smile of satisfaction on the faces of our guests.”

 

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