Interview with JBF Award Nominee Jessica Largey of Manresa

 

Epicureans from around the country travel to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to get a taste of Manresa, where chef de cuisine Jessica Largey executes thoughtful, inventive, and elegant fare that’s steeped in the rich terroir of Northern California. Below, the 2014 nominee for our Rising Star Chef of the Year Award fills us in on her ideal kitchen playlist, earliest food memory, and thoughts on gender politics in the restaurant industry.

 

JBF: How would you describe your culinary style? 

 

Jessica Largey: I’d say that I have a naturalist approach, which is definitely something I’ve developed while at Manresa. I like using techniques that are purposeful and preserve the integrity of the product.  

 

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee David Kinch

David Kinch of Manresa

 

Critically acclaimed for his inventive, Michelin-starred California cuisine at Manresa, David Kinch has followed his 2010 Best Chef: Pacific win with three straight Outstanding Chef semifinalist nods. Here, the 2014 JBF Award nominee tells us about his new cookbook, a recent food-filled jaunt to Japan, and where he finds his inspiration to continue evolving as a chef.

 

JBF: What’s your favorite item on the current Manresa menu?

 

David Kinch: Our menu changes before you can get really comfortable with any particular item. However, at the moment, we have these tiny, sweet carrots served in an Asian-style beef broth with toasted buckwheat and breadcrumbs that I’m very fond of.

 

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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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