About Chef Yulanda

"Cooking is my fun," says Chef Yulanda Hendrix—and coming from a person as engaging and affable as she, that says it all. Chef Yulanda's commitment to crafting mirthfully elegant dishes from local, sustainable ingredients is the driving force behind the dynamic, full service Simply Bliss Catering & Events.

Chef Yulanda's culinary inspiration, though galvanized by the cultural richness of the Bay Area, was sparked in her mother's Michigan kitchen. Chef Yulanda spent her summers on her grandmother's hog farm in Tennessee where meals were cultivated from the offerings of the land. Her grandmother and her aunt, two of the best cooks she's ever known, fostered her love of organic and sustainable ingredients. Enlivened by the legacies of the chefs in her life, Yulanda entered the culinary and hospitality industry at fourteen. As an adult, she attended culinary school in Chicago and under the tutelage of acclaimed chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Matt Bencivenga, she honed her ability to fuse classical French training with her unique culinary upbringing to create unforgettable meals. Chef Yulanda has translated her love of food and making people happy into a business. Her hands-on approach, steadfast integrity, and service orientated demeanor makes Simply Bliss what it is.

Her menus are sophisticated, yet accessible. In her world, food should be as unpretentious as humanly possible. Her meals are crafted to nourish the soul. Their jazzy, robust flavors stir up the urge to have a good time. She purchases locally grown produce and organic meat for her simple dishes. Her gluten free and vegan menus are not devoid of important factors like texture and seasoning. She strikes a very happy medium between indulgence and health consciousness.

Chef Yulanda's clientele is as diverse as her menus. She played influential roles in renowned events such as Wolfgang Puck's Oscar parties, Oprah's 50th Birthday Bash, and fund raising dinners for then Senator Obama. With Simply Bliss, she has catered events for many local, celebrated Bay Area non-profits including San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), The Brown Boi Project, and the Native American Health Center. Recently, she has planned and executed many memorable weddings, birthday parties, and business luncheons. In addition, she is available as a personal chef to help create unforgettable evenings filled with food and fun.

You can reach Chef Yulanda at chef@chefyulanda.com or 510-499-7596.