Meet our founder
Alexis was born to be creative and bred for entrepreneurship. With a father as a successful business owner and mother as an artist, she grew up with a business mindset and creative flair. Alexis dedicated much of her early years to dancing, singing and acting in plays, choir and other recitals. She also has a background working in sales and finance, which has helped her tremendously with structuring The Phoenix Palate and building strong client relationships.
What drew her to food was through her frequent travels. She always was most excited about what food she would encounter each place she visited. Growing up Mexican, every gathering no matter how big or small had food at the center of it. Upon moving from her hometown of El Paso, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona, she explored ways to meet friends.
She decided to start a cooking club. The idea for the club was to share recipes she enjoyed and learn from the other members recipes that were special to them.
She went back to her roots of remembering that food is a universal language that connects all of us. The cooking club was called Wannabe Chefs. It quickly grew a big following which evolved into starting The Phoenix Palate alongside her best friend and head pastry chef Amanda Rubio. Her main focus is helping people make amazing memories with their loved ones having amazing food at the center.
Meet our team
Head Chef Brian Turner
From an early age Brian was an entertainer and always enjoyed being in front of an audience. His first love was music, singing and receiving all the attention from being on stage. After his music career didn’t take off by the age of 19 he switched his passions to another art that allowed him to express himself(cooking). Inspired by his Great Grandmother and the amazing meals she would make to bring his large family together for holidays, he set out to expand his palate and develop his flavors and culinary personality.
Chef Brian moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to branch out and learn cuisine from LA’s diverse food scene. In 2014 he received the bulk of his knowledge and began to really refine his flavors working at SpaceX but he attributes his greatest teachings/techniques to his apprenticeships under Celebrity Chefs Shirley Chung and Jason Fullilove in 2016. Both Chef’s demanded greatness from him EVERY day and instilled in him the “Mamba Mentality“ and for that he is grateful.
Chef Shawnee Cortright
Born and raised in Southern California, chef Shawnee pursued her culinary career after high school with le cordon bleu. Chef Shawnee worked with Walt Disney world for her internship, soon then graduating with her associates degree in culinary arts. She had moved back to LA to pursue her career more. She worked with the Magic Castle in Hollywood; starting out as just a pantry chef.
As she moved up in the kitchen, her chef took her under his wing and began to mentor her. Chef Shawnee started working on the chefs table
which was an idea she helped introduce to the castle. She sooner became jr. sous chef and helped lead and guide the kitchen to success every night. But it was the chefs tables and gourmet wine events where she was able to really discover her creative side. She was able to define who she was as a chef through these events. She has a mad love and passion for what she does, and everyday she continues to put that same love and passion discovered years ago into the dishes she creates today.