Trendsetting Chefs

San Francisco has been a driving force in global culinary innovation for decades, and that's because of the incredibly talented chefs that the city attracts. Explore this video library to hear from some of San Francisco's top culinary creators, learn how they developed their craft, and what they love about the City by the Bay.

Veronica Salazar of El Huarache Loco
Through the La Cocina program, El Huarache Loco grew from Chef Veronica Salazar's personal kitchen into a restaurant and catering business. Hers is a truly San Franciscan story of community, creativity, and passion.

Carrie and Rupert Blease of Lord Stanley
The married chefs of Lord Stanley, Carrie and Rupert Blease, have created a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco's classic Russian Hill neighborhood that blends British and Californian dining.

Laurence Jossel of NOPA
Chef Laurence Jossel knows that a chef is only as good as his ingredients. That's why he works in San Francisco, where the bounty of the bay and nearby farms and vineyards ensure the freshest variety of food.

Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn
Chef Crenn shares a blend of unique flavors that were inspired by her sojourns throughout Europe and Asia. She creates a truly memorable culinary experience at Atelier Crenn, which has earned three Michelin stars.

Corey Lee of Benu
Corey Lee, the Seoul-born chef behind the three Michelin-starred Benu, encapsulates the vibrance and diversity of San Francisco through his food. He blends traditional and authentic flavors with new and delicious opportunities that come from being open-minded.

David Kreitz of Daily Driver
New York isn't the only city that knows how to make bagels. Visit Chef David Kreitz and his team at Daily Driver in the Dogpatch to sample their bagels, pretzels, and locally cultured cream cheese and butter.

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
of State Bird Provisions
Chef proprietors and Bay Area natives Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski combined the hardiness and adaptability of California's state bird and the act of providing delicious food and drink to create their restaurant.

Heena Patel of Besharam
Heena Patel, creator of Besharam, uses bold flavors to represent her Indian roots in the heart of San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood.

Belinda Leong of b. patisserie
Meet Belinda Leong, the James Beard Award-winning chef of b. patisserie, which showcases modern French-style pastries along with American flavors and local influences.

Evan and Sarah Rich of Rich Table
Married co-chefs and the proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table, Evan and Sarah Rich, bring their simply delicious cuisine to the table in San Francisco's charming Hayes Valley.

Learn more in our 2020 Culinary Guide.

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