Newly leading the distinguished dining concepts and culinary team at Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs is Executive Chef Richard Crespin. With his appointment, Crespin is responsible for overseeing culinary operations for the Michelin-recognized 4 Saints rooftop restaurant, the all-day dining concept Juniper Table, the poolside High Bar, banquets, catering and in-room dining.
Crespin brings his distinct international culinary expertise – rooted in classic French technique and informed by his studies in New York, Paris, Spain and Japan – to the award-winning, 153-room downtown Palm Springs hotel and its restaurants and bars. His career has taken him into kitchens helmed by acclaimed chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay and Kiyomi Mikuni. Most recently, he served as executive chef and culinary director for Anaheim Arena Management, which manages the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., home of the Anaheim Ducks. During his six-and-a-half-year tenure, Crespin systematically upgraded the cuisine throughout the operations, including 86 luxury suites, a private club, a steakhouse, a buffet, a gastropub, a sushi bar and concessions.
“Nearly 30 years of experience working in some of the world’s best cities for food has brought me to Palm Springs, where the dining scene continues to move in an exciting direction, especially here at The Rowan,” said Executive Chef Richard Crespin. “My culinary style is a love letter to what Mother Nature offers us during the seasons, finessed by time-honored techniques, and influenced by Spanish, Japanese, African, Thai and French cuisines. Dishes are fundamentally familiar, while innovative in flavor and creation.”
Born in Northern Spain and raised in the U.S., Crespin gained an early appreciation for food as an expression of culture and connection. The camaraderie of sharing a meal with family and community inspired him to become a chef, leading him to study at The French Culinary Institute in New York (today the Institute of Culinary Education). Crespin then spent time in Japan, which shaped his foundational philosophy of working in harmony with the land. His resume also includes executive chef positions at The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, as well as the late Magnolia in Hollywood and Los Angeles’ former Olé! Tapas Bar.
“Our guests and team will be well-served under Chef Richard’s direction with his demonstrated gastronomic vision, focus on delivering exceptional guest service, and commitment to uplifting young chefs,” said Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs General Manager Peggy Trott.
Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs is located within downtown Palm Springs’ The Block at 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, Calif. 92262. More information on The Rowan is available at www.rowanpalmsprings.com, 4 Saints at www.4saintspalmsprings.com and Juniper Table at www.junipertable.com. Follow along on Instagram at @rowanpalmsprings, @4saintspalmsprings, @junipertableps and @highbarpalmsprings.