Getting to know Chef Julie

Julie Frans
Signature Chef/Culinary Concepts

As the Signature Chef at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Frans oversees the culinary concept throughout the hotel, with a focus on the hotel’s signature restaurant Essensia Restaurant & Lounge.  In her position Frans is responsible for the creation and execution of all restaurant menus, lounge and pool menus.

Truly dedicated to providing products that are both good for the body and the environment, Frans culinary philosophy is completely in line with The Palms “inspired by nature” philosophy, reflecting a passion for healthier and whole food living.  Her cuisine is inventive, globally-inspired and flavorful. At Essensia, menus follow a farm-to-table approach, offering a varied seasonal selection of global dishes made with premium ingredients and locally sourced produce, meats and seafood. Quarterly seasonal wine dinners, in cooperation with some of South Florida’s finest purveyors of farm-fresh produce, are the highlight of Frans execution of Essensia’s culinary concept.

Originally from San Diego, California, Frans graduated from The University of California Santa Barbara in 2000 and then from the San Diego Culinary Institute in 2006. Frans culinary experience began working as a private chef while traveling the world aboard private and charter yachts.  In 2005, she launched Dining Details, a personal chef service and catering company. Her gourmet culinary skills and knowledge catapulted Dining Details from a one-woman operation to a full-service catering company and chef agency servicing a variety of clients including corporate events, daily/weekly in-home cooking service, culinary demonstrations, educational seminars and private dinner parties. Frans completely immersed her efforts into Dining Details overseeing every aspect of the company including menu creation, cuisine preparation and production, sales/marketing and, most importantly, client relations.

In 2009, Frans founded Chickpeas School Lunch Program where she developed and managed school assemblies, enrichment programs and presentations to educate parents and school administrators on child nutrition and special needs diets. In addition, the company worked with several private schools to provide healthy lunches and family dinners for their students. In her new role with The Palms, Fran will continue to work with organizations dedicated to improving and developing healthy eating habits for children in South Florida.

Essensia awakens the senses with natural gourmet cuisine and indulgent cocktails in a sensuous and relaxing ambiance. The menu offers patrons a wholesome and seasonal variety of light global fare with a genuine focus on utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Essensia’s exclusive wine list is committed to being sustainable, organic or biodynamic and has been selected for sharing Essensia’s mission to being environmentally conscious.  Essensia is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The Palms offers complimentary valet parking with dinner, up to 3 hours. For restaurant reservations, please call 305.908.5458 or visit www.essensiarestaurant.com.

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