The Chef & The Kitchen

Ever since Alice Waters and Chez Panisse helped introduce the revolutionary concept of California cuisine, Marin restaurants have continued the refinement and evolution of this culinary philosophy, pairing fusion dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with creative presentation.  More about Alice Waters here.

This section focuses on the people, specifically the chefs and their kitchens, that one can experience here in Marin County!  Here you will meet the traditional chef and their restaurants, but chefs in Marin also work at farms, creameries and one in particular, owns a culinary tour company.  



Chef David Haydon at Il Davide

901 A. Street
San Rafael, CA 94901


It was 35 years ago when I walked into a restaurant kitchen.  I remember the smells of stocks and soups reducing, and watching the busy, focused crew ready themselves for dinner service.  I was placed in a small scullery area... Read More


Chef Elizabeth Hill at West Marin Food and Farm Tours



Elizabeth Hill, the owner and operator of West Marin Food & Farm Tours, is a certified Natural Chef, a UC Master Gardener, a Stanford graduate, and a credentialed teacher with a Masters degree in Education.  She has had a life-long... Read More


Chef Gordon Drysdale at Sweetwater Music Hall

19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Biography by Tanya Henry:

Bringing food, art and music together under one roof is what chef/restaurateur Gordon Drysdale says he was ultimately born to do. Those familiar with Gordon’s House of Fine Eats will recall the cavernous SoMa space that boasted... Read More


Chef Harold Solomon at Rickey's Restaurant

250 Entrada Drive
Novato, CA  94949


Chef Harold Solomon has vamped up the flavors at Rickey’s Restaurant! With his 25 years of culinary experience as an Executive Chef within the restaurant/hospitality industry, Harold has given longtime Rickey’s customers a new excitement, with dishes such as Tequila... Read More


Chef Jeff Cerciello at Farmshop

2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 5
Larkspur, CA  94939


Jeff Cerciello’s professional history reads like a culinary dream: a prestigious tenure that began in 1996 working at some of the most celebrated and critically-lauded restaurants in the country, from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, to Bouchon (Las Vegas, New York... Read More


Chef Jennifer Luttrell and Cheese Maker Kuba Hemmerling at The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

14700 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Jennifer Luttrell has been the Executive Chef of The Fork since 2011.  After completing her Chefs’ Training Certification at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, Jennifer taught cooking classes and worked as a private chef and caterer, specializing... Read More


Chef Joanne Weir at Celebrity Chef Events at The Key Room

1385 N. Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949

Biography by Ben Davidson:

When local PBS-TV celebrity chef, writer, restaurateur and cooking teacher Joanne Weir recently descended on the Key Room at Homeward Bound in Novato, Marin’s foodie fans were enraptured.  Weir was the headliner of the evening’s Fresh Starts Chef... Read More


Chef Joshua Seibert at Nick's Cove

23240 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940

Originally from New Market, Maryland, Chef Joshua Seibert grew up savoring East Coast specialties, from blue point oysters to soft shell crab. Raised in a family where his father and grandmother were always in the kitchen, Seibert gained an appreciation... Read More


Chefs Victor Viera, Matthew Carrerow and Noel Viera at Terrapin Crossroads

100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901

Images and Biography by Ben Davidson:

Like musicians in a band, Terrapin Crossroads' trio of chefs, led by Executive Chef Victor Viera, harmonize to create savory American Cuisine classics. Along with his sous chefs Matthew Carrerow and Noel Viera, Chef Victor... Read More