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 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


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