Ask a Chef: Quickfire Questions for David Kinch

James Beard Award winner David Kinch

Winner of the 2010 JBF Best Chef: Pacific award, David Kinch has garnered national attention for his singular, terroir-focused American cuisine at Manresa. Deeply committed to sustainable agriculture, Kinch exclusively sources the restaurant’s vegetables from a biodynamic farm in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.


1. Organic or biodynamic?
Biodynamic. A lot of people make fun of the hocus-pocus and cosmic elements of biodynamic, but you know, God is in the details. Biodynamic farming forces you to pay attention in much greater detail, and how can you not benefit from that in the long run?

2. Japan or France?
Japan. I think the way France was 20 years ago and Spain was 10 years ago and the Nordic countries are now, Japan is going to be the future. It was a closed door, but people

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