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15 Minutes with a Chef: Hopscotch’s Kyle Itani

Hopscotch chef Kyle Itani is a fourth-generation Japanese American and Vacaville native whose resume includes education via the Food Network and the California Culinary Academy, time living in Sendai, Japan, and stints at Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco as well as New York’s Meatball Shop. His unique background—and plenty of traditional Japanese technique—is on display on the Hopscotch menu, which, on the surface, appears as American as, well, the First Base Burger.

15 Minutes with Verbena's Sean Baker

 Verbena Chef Sean Baker

At Russian Hill’s month-old Verbena, Chef Sean Baker is bringing his equal-opportunity culinary skills to the 7x7. 

15 Minutes with the Tribune Tavern's Tracey Belock

 Tribune Tavern's chef Tracey Belock

Oakland’s Tribune Tavern, which Chris Pastena (Chop Bar) and Temoor Noor (Grand Tavern) opened last spring in the storied Tribune Tower, has a brand new chef, imported all the way from, like, right around the corner.

15 Minutes with Commonwealth's Jason Fox

 Jason Fox, executive chef of Commonwealth

Lauded as a game-changer when it opened in 2010, Commonwealth has lived up to that promise, turning out small plates of inventive food that showcase a unique combination of local produce, modern technique, and international influence, which have surely informed the city's current culinary landscape.

15 Minutes with Quince's Michael Tusk

 Michael Tusk, of Quince and Cotogna

Executive chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna restaurants, Michael Tusk is marking Quince’s ten-year anniversary next week.

15 Minutes with Mockingbird's Melissa Axelrod

 Mockingbird chef Melissa Axelrod

Uptown Oakland’s culinary scene just keeps getting better, and clearly the locals are hungry for it.

15 Minutes with Bergerac's Randy Lewis

 Bergerac chef Randy Lewis. [Photo: Natalie Darville]

New Orleans native Randy Lewis---chef of the chic, month-old SOMA cocktail lounge Bergerac—spent his childhood simmering in the Big Easy’s rich culinary traditions, and taking family “eating” vacays to Europe. (Tough life!)

15 Minutes with Homestead's Fred Sassen

 Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, chefs/owners of Homestead.

A newcomer to Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue, Homestead – brainchild of husband-and-wife chefs/owners Fred (Farallon, Camino) and Elizabeth Sassen (Farallon, Waterbar) – is quickly making a name for itself with its well-executed, seasonal comfort food.

15 Minutes with Humphry Slocombe's Jake Godby

Humphry Slocombe's Jake Godby

Hero to those who prefer their humor deadpan, their tweets dirty, and their breakfast boozy, Jake Godby is the culinary half of the duo behind San Francisco’s idiosyncratic—and, five years in—now iconic Humphry Slocombe ice cream shop.

15 Minutes with A16's Chris Thompson

 Chris Thompson, executive chef of A16.

I chat with Chris Thompson, executive chef/salumaio at Chestnut Street’s award-winning (and always-hopping) A16, on his first full day back at work after being hit by a cab outside the restaurant three weeks ago.

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