About Us

Steph Franklin is the award winning BBQ Chef and owner of Simply Marvelous BBQ Catering Company. Steph uses a fusion style of cooking developed from his travels throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. Through his wanderings he had the opportunity to sample a wide array of flavor combinations, which inspired him to develop his own product line of rubs, seasonings, and sauces. He began marketing his blends under the “Simply Marvelous BBQ” name in 2008 and is known throughout the national and international BBQ communities. In his spare time, Steph also competes on the professional BBQ circuit. Feeding his competitive spirit, he has successfully participated in competitions across the country, from California to New York. Steph’s attention to the small details is what sets him apart from other BBQ chefs. Under his leadership, Simply Marvelous BBQ has evolved into a highly praised catering company that prides itself on friendly customer service, high quality food, and taking the extra step to make any special event extraordinary.

Jaime Diamond was raised in the kitchen of an Italian home in the heart of San Francisco, CA. Growing up she counted the days until she could go to Culinary School, but until then she cooked and baked constantly. She started a baking micro business in high school, baking cookies & breads for busy moms, cakes & desserts for parties. Jaime eventually went to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, graduating from the Baking & Pastry Program in 2004. She was immediately picked up by the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA as the Pastry Chef for their fine dining restaurant "Miro". She remained there for two and one half years until she had her first child Matthew in 2006. While at Miro, Jaime's Dessert, a warm chocolate cake with sautéed bananas, cinnamon ice cream and a tuile cookie was given rave reviews by the Santa Barbara New Press' Nippers Critic, Arthur Von Wiesenberger. After leaving Bacara, Jaime continued to cook & bake for small parties, giving cooking classes to kids and groups. Jaime started working as a Pastry Chef with Simply Marvelous BBQ in 2007. She soon advanced to Sous Chef, and in 2009 became the Catering Manager. She has helped bring Simply Marvelous BBQ to the next level in event catering.

In Recent News: Steph was named to the California Barbecue Association's Hall of Fame for the class of 2017 inductees.