Meet The Chef
With over 30 years of professional experience, Chef Johnny Messina has an incredible resume. Chef Johnny has extensive experience in private home, corporate restaurants, hotel and resort catering, banquets, weddings, including large groups. Chef has done it all. He has had experience and an education that puts him far ahead of his peers and colleagues. Having mentors such as James Beard award winners, Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck of the Oscars and Presidential dinners et al, Master Chef Frank Audino James Beard winner "Aglio Vegas," Chef Helena An of "Crustacean" Beverly Hills and an array of Micheline Star winning and highly regarded masters abound.
As you can see Chef Johnny Messina has been presented with amazing opportunities with the finest education and mentoring. After his rein in restaurants he moved to the private sector, becoming Chef to two different Presidents, celebrities such as Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, Dr. Phil and a certain Disney executive, cooking for all of their families. Through his years of experience Chef Johnny’s career has brought him back to what he’s known from the beginning.... feeding the family. His early years he can remember cooking with his mother at the age of 3, helping make the meatballs and it has been love at first sight and a growing passion ever since.
meet the team
Hello from Sedona! We are Candace and Johnny Messina and we are the team who make this culinary dream come a reality. Candace joined Chef Johnny in 2018 and has become the perfect other half of the Messina Culinary team.
Chef Johnny and Candace were blessed to be married in the midst of covid they have been a great team serving guests off all backgrounds since.
We are primarily in the Sedona area, but Chef Johnny and his team will travel to you. If you are having a retreat, dinner party, wedding, corporate event, or event of any kind, we are here to provide culinary service to you and your guests.
We also provide off premise events. We are here to service your event of any kind.
Tapas & Tasting
Smaller plate menús from around the globe.
First you choose your favorite foods, we will assemble a divine menu.
Coursed dinners paired with Wines, Bourbons, Meads and more...
Foraged spring salad
fresh pappardelle with octopus and kalamata
build your own tacos
Chili relleños and dirty rice
.... or friendly
The finest fresh local ingredients.....
A Farm to Table Culinary Experience
"feeding the ones you love is true love"
We take great pride in our cuisine and take even more care in the products that we use.We are extremely conscientious of quality and proper sourcing of all ingredients that will go on your plate. We support local farmers and livestock handlers as often as we can and sometimes, we grow our own plant ingredients and use them in our creations for you and your guests. We pride ourselves on always having healthy, fresh produce and proteins while creating masterpieces on a plate that will be an complete culinary experience for you and your guests to remember.
Our clients have this to say...
Chef Johnny makes incredible food! Not only is it tasty but it is mindfully sourced. He is well versed in dietary restrictions and has a special talent to make even plain food taste amazing!! Thank you Chef Johnny, can’t wait to eat with you again soon!
- Heather T Los Angeles, Ca.
Working with Chef Johnny and Candace was an absolute dream!! I have hired them for multiple events and every time Exceeds my expectations. They are organized, communicative and bring to the table years of expertise. I would book them without a second thought! Thank you for making my retreats so dang special with the love + attention put into the food!!
- Lecia F Phoenix, Az.
I just have to say, WOW! Chef Johnny is a natural in the kitchen and both times I was served his cuisine and I was blown away. You can feel Chef’s passion towards food and making sure he gets your dish perfect. Through talking to him, I could tell that’s it’s more than about making a delicious meal, it’s a purpose to create something memorable. I experienced an Indian infused breakfast, as well as a Mediterranean meal that left me thinking about it for days! Highly recommend Messina Culinary!
- Harj T Vancouver, B.C. Canada