Who is canyons and chefs?
Professional chefs, guides, seekers of adventure, stewards of the Earth
Who we are:
chefs, adventurers, dreamers
What we do:
create custom, private, bespoke experiences for lovers of fine food and adventure in the American Southwest
Colorado Arizona Utah Death Valley Santa Fe
Canyons and Chefs specializes in Chef-Driven Outdoor Experiences that illuminate the mind, refresh the body, and nourish the soul. Born of two companies, Canyons and Chefs is the meeting place between wildnerness adventure and fine food and drink.
Our two “parent companies” were once known as Red Rock Culinary (a private chef firm) and Blue Marble Adventure GeoTourism (a geology-focused guided hiking outfitter). They have created the daughter, Canyons and Chefs, colliding the two worlds of fine restaurant dining and natural exploration.
About the Founder
Our founder Billy Woods is a classically trained chef AND and educated geologist. After spending the first part of his career working in some of the finest restaurants in North America, he pursued his passion for the outdoors with an MS in geology from Northern Arizona University.
Operating the dueling companies for nearly 4 years, it was actually our clients that inspired him to integrate the two concepts. So many of our private chef firm clients are deeply interested in the outdoors and natural settings of our beloved southwest, while so many of our adventure hiking clients are blown away by the food we offer on our tours.
Henceforth, we’ve created an incredibly unique concept: chef-driven outdoor experiences. Hike and adventure by day, return to camp and have a meal that rivals some of the tastiest restaurants in the country.
Why Canyons and Chefs?
Our Mission & Vision
Professional Chefs, Professional Food
Few things in life are as satisfying as an outstanding meal and a cool beverage after a long day of adventure. We do that, but far beyond. All of our trips, regardless of style, include multi-course meals for dinner, fresh ingredients prepared by a professional chef (even our backpacking trips utilize ingredients straight from our dehydrator), and adult beverages. Our basecamping trips include a professional kitchen-on-wheels, which serves as the backbone to us cooking over the fire, in the smoker, and in dutch ovens. Ever eaten at a Michelin-Starred restaurant overlooking Grand Canyon? We thought not. Trust us, you’ve never experienced anything quite like this.
Canyons and Chefs can be counted upon to design and execute custom experiences that pamper and please. Our luxe glamping experiences include large bell tents, mattresses, fuzzy sheets, mounds of plush pillows and blankets, and small furnishings in tents with solar chargin stations. Camp includes large, private bathrooms with composting toilets and hot showers with plush towels and complimentary bathrobes/slippers. Our guides are fully trained and outfitted with the necessary tools to help inexperienced backcountry travelers maintain a certain standard of personal hygiene. Our luxury tours take this to an entirely different level, with the most comfortable accommodations one can experience in the backcountry.