About Us

Get to know

the Privato team

At Privato, we’re passionate about the art of food, but we also believe that delicious, high-end cuisine doesn’t have to come with pretense.

Our goal is to create

your perfect evening

With a diverse range of backgrounds, our chefs create well-presented dishes that taste as good as they look...and we have fun doing it! Our personality is professional yet approachable, which means we can easily adapt our approach to match the vibe of your event. That might mean interacting with your guests in the kitchen as we prepare each dish, or staying in the background as you engage at the dinner table.

Executive Chef

Michael Denton

Growing up in an Italian family in the South, I learned at an early age that delicious, healthy food is an essential ingredient to a good life. As a child, I watched my mom and grandmother prepare culinary masterpieces from scratch. Over time, I was able to pick up many tips and tricks from helping them in the kitchen, so the culinary industry was a natural fit when I became old enough to start thinking about my career.

Working in the restaurant industry from the age of 16, I was trained at the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute, and have since worked in both fine dining and casual American restaurants. It wasn’t until I switched to catering and later moved from Tennessee to the Phoenix area, however, that I decided to go in business as a private chef.

My broad experience, Southern upbringing and strong Italian influence have all come together to enable me to hone by culinary skills and my own personal cooking style. Today, I bring classic and gourmet dishes with an Italian flair to dinner parties around the Valley. I'm proud to have been named the #1 private chef in Phoenix by Thumbtack, based on client reviews.

Sous Chef

Steven Biddle

Born and raised in Arizona, I have had a fascination with food and discovering different flavors since childhood. Straight out of high school, my hard work in culinary class earned me a full ride to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale. With hard work and dedication, here I am living my dream of being a chef.

Being an Arizona native, I have a passion for creating Mexican food in addition to discovering the wonderful flavors around the globe. I have an open pallet for all flavors, and my goal is to create a beautiful dish that when you close your eyes, you can picture yourself in that part of the world.

When I’m not cooking, I am enjoying life with my wife Renée and watching our sons Jaxon and Reign grow. However, they don’t seem to mind that they have a chef in the family! We enjoy traveling when we are able and taking advantage of the great hikes and scenery here in Arizona.

If you enjoy great flavors and beautiful dishes, we would be honored to prepare some wonderful courses for you.

Chef de Partie

Rob Rigsby

I have always been a man of service and one who shows my care through acts of kindness for others, so preparing a fine meal to enjoy is a natural fit for me. My passion for cooking began when my four kids were young. They looked forward to our special Sunday brunch each week, where I would prepare custom meals for my family of six, made to order and often picked fresh from our home garden. I discovered how much I loved the creative process of cooking and take great pleasure in the act of helping to feed souls with a home cooked, freshly prepared farm-to-table meal.

Born and raised in Virginia, I was fortunate enough to live by the ocean. Naturally, seafood and Southern cooking will always have a special place for me. However, I enjoy experimenting with unique flavors and combining the tastes of the South with an Arizona flair. My experience has taught me that preparing a meal is a powerful opportunity for families and friends to sit down, enjoy meaningful conversations and celebrate the blessings of life while enjoying a flavorful meal.

I am grateful to be part of the Privato team, working together to follow our creative passions while providing new and fulfilling experiences for each and every one of our clients!


Best Private Chef in Phoenix

As named by Thumbtack.com

Years in Business

As a Phoenix-based private chef

5-Star Client Reviews

And counting

Years Experience

In the culinary field


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Keeping Our Clients & Team Safe During COVID-19

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, we are only accepting new parties of eight guests or less through the end of 2020.