Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins

JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardins


JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Tortilla chips and salsa.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

I had a great bite the other night: griddled rice cake with uni in soy butter and watercress. It was divine—texture, flavors, everything.


What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I don’t have favorites—that would be like saying you have a favorite child.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn with real butter.


What’s your earliest food memory?

Eating oatmeal in my high chair.


What do you eat for breakfast?

Cottage cheese with coarse salt, pepper, and olive oil.


What’s your favorite healthy food?

Lacinato kale.


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MemorEATS: Traci Des Jardins

"'Eat' was my first word. I used to sit in my high chair every morning with great anticipation, waiting to be served my oatmeal with butter and brown sugar while banging my spoon on the tray and chanting 'Eat, eat, eat!'" –JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins

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