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Flavor Profile: Les Clos' Cara Patricia

The former cellar master/sommelier at Saison moved down the street in September to run the food and wine show at Les Clos, the French-inspired wine bar–cafe–retail shop by fellow Saison vet Mark Bright.

Flavor Profile: Brett Cooper

The former Outerlands chef takes his toque to the other side of town, co-cheffing at the soon-to-open Tenderloin spot Huxley. His forthcoming (as yet unnamed) restaurant, due in the Mission later this year, will serve creative Californian cuisine.

Flavor Profile: Aveline's Casey Thompson

Thompson—a Top Chef season three finalist—makes her SF debut next week as the chef-partner at Aveline, inside the historic Warwick hotel in Union Square (located next to The European cocktail bar).

Flavor Profile: Namu Gaji's Dennis Lee

After an R&D trip with Ryan Farr (4505 Meats) to check out barbecue in Kansas City and the Carolinas, Lee took the helm as chef at Smokestack, the counter-service restaurant coming soon to Magnolia Brewery’s Dogpatch location.

Flavor Profile: Atelier Crenn’s Dominique Crenn

Hot on the heels of a kitchen-and-menus revamp at Atelier Crenn, the French native and America’s only female chef with two Michelin stars is penning her first book—part cookbook, part memoir—due out in 2015. Here, she answers our burning questions:

Flavor Profile: Gusto's George Morrone

The legendary restaurateur, cookbook author, and chef (formerly of Aqua, Fifth Floor, and Cliff House) — also known as mentor to Michael Mina— returns from a yearlong hiatus to helm the stoves at the new San Carlos restaurant Gusto.

Flavor Profile: Chef-Owner of Fog City Bruce Hill

The seasoned chef-owner of Bix, Zero Zero, and Larkspur’s Picco and Pizzeria Picco continues his reign at Fog City. As he celebrates the 10th anniversary of his patented Chef’s Press (an efficiency-boosting grill tool, available at Williams-Sonoma) this month, he readies two new sizes for launch.

Flavor Profile: Hapa Ramen's Richie Nakano

News flash: A fixture at the Ferry Building farmers market, Richie Nakano is set to open his first brick-and-mortar in the Mission in February 2014.

Flavor Profile: Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière and Mijita

Traci Des Jardins

News flash: After the September remodel of her Civic Center institution, Des Jardins prepares to open a Spanish-inflected restaurant, mercantile, and larder shop in the Presidio this February. Plus, look for a new Mexican spot later in 2014.

Flavor Profile: Merigan's Liza Shaw

liza shaw

News flash: The former A16 chef draws on her East Coast roots for the opening of her South Beach sub shop, Merigan, this month.

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