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Guess where Chef Kerry Simon is performing his culinary magic

Chef Simon takes his toque to the Hard Rock Palm Springs
Chef Simon takes his toque to the Hard Rock Palm Springs
Richard Pietschmann

Los Angeles foodies are familiar with Chef Kerry Simon who’s created culinary magic around town at his eponymous restaurants the last downtown and before that at the Sofitel Beverly Hills. A big big of the super chef we were delighted to discover that he has taken his toque to, wait for it, wait for it, okay here it is, Hard Rock Palm Springs.

Chef Simon takes his toque to the Hard Rock Palm Springs
Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Yup he’s gone for the heat of the desert and will man the new Simon Kitchen + Bar. “Kerry’s reputation in the kitchen is outstanding,” says Andy Carpiac, owner of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. “The menu that he has created for Simon Kitchen + Bar is amazing, and we are so fortunate to draw on his experience as the chef revered by celebrities and music legends including David Bowie, Matt Dillon, Ivana Trump, Debbie Harry and more.”

“Palm Springs is hot right now,” says Simon. “I’m very excited to be a part of this laid-back, hipster getaway. The menu that I’ve developed for Simon Kitchen + Bar is a little edgy, a little fun, and full of contemporary takes on the comfort foods we all love.”

In keeping with today’s foodie trend, the menu will emphasize sharing if social plates, sandwiches, entrées and stone-oven flatbreads. Social plates include tempura green beans made with pepper jelly and cream cheese; bacon jam served with baked brie and toasted baguette; and “Devil’s Eggs” complete with crispy pancetta and caviar.

Simon Kitchen + Bar is Chef Kerry Simon’s newest American restaurant in partnership with hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell. This edgy, California restaurant will open mid-September inside the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, in Downtown Palm Springs. Simon Kitchen + Bar will feature Simon’s social plates, entrées, sandwiches, and other popular fare for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. For more information, visit

The Diva can’t wait to try Simon’s new place, but will hold off until it cools down a bit in the desert.


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