Behind-the-Scenes Culinary Experience at Island Hotel

It takes great kitchen teamwork to create outstanding fare day after day – know-how and passion that has earned Palm Terrace restaurant at Island Hotel Newport Beach a Four Diamond designation from AAA two years in a row. At the helm, leading the Gang is Executive Chef Bill Bracken. It takes a confident and very competent chef and his team to open their doors to the general public for an afternoon of rare behind-the scenes kitchen voyeurism and participation.

What: Enjoy Saturday afternoons with Executive Chef Bill Bracken and his Gang of talented hands. A limited number of participants will be able to visit the heart and soul of Palm Terrace with a tour led by Chef Bill himself. Then there is interaction with other chefs and team members from the Butcher Shop to the Prep and Line Preparation Stations in the kitchen and finally to the Pastry Shop. Of course, delectable tastings are included.

This exciting adventure starts at 11:00 a.m., with a Tour of the Back-of-the-House led by Executive Chef Bill Bracken. The journey continues to the Butcher Shop where participants will learn about fish and meat butchery from pro Doug Schonfeld. Next stop is working with chef garde manger Cesar Vences on garnishes and the art of melon carving.

Chef de Cuisine David Man will guide the group through the “ins” and “outs” of Palm Terrace’s production line and all will enjoy tastings of Ahi Tartare; Potato Crusted Sea Bass, Tortilla Soup, and The House’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese.

Final sweet destination is Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens’ Domain, the Pastry Shop, for a hands-on try at making his Manjari Obsession, Peanut Butter Dominoes & Moon Pie.

The Details:

  • $95 per person for Palm Terrace Kitchen Experience (Class size is limited.)
  • $150 per person for Kitchen Experience and Dinner at Palm Terrace



Package Rates are Available for Kitchen Experience, Dinner at Palm Terrace and Overnight Accommodations.

For reservations and more information, please call (949)760-4911.


Palm Terrace Kitchen
Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, California