Our monthly series of Fresh Starts Chef Events features the stellar talents of celebrity chefs like Charles Phan, Michael Mina, John Ash and PBS-TV Chef Joanne Weir. Please see the Fresh Starts Chef Events calendar for details and reservations or call 415-382-3363 x243. Follow the action in our kitchen on our blog, Cooking Up Fresh Starts.

Chef pouring batter from mixing bowl

Chef Tanya Holland

Chef Bryan Jones at Fresh Starts Chef Events

Chef Bryan Jones

Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo

Michelle Tam

Featured Chef: John Ash

Chef John Ash, award-winning cookbook author and culinary educator, has been a North Bay favorite since opening his John Chef John AshAsh & Company restaurant in Santa Rosa in 1980.

His leadership with the restaurant, which continues to draw praise under new ownership, led Chef John to be called the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine” for his early devotion to using local, seasonal ingredients to create dishes paired to regional wines.

Chef John teaches regularly at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and appears at events around the world. He was named “Seafood Educator of the Year” at the 2014 Cooking for Solutions conference at Monterey Bay Aquarium and “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2008.

Two of his cookbooks have won coveted James Beard Awards: Culinary Birds in 2014 and John Ash Cooking One-on-One: Private Lessons in Simple Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher in 2005.

Chef John also co-hosts The Good Food Hour on KSRO-AM Radio, with weekly insights into trends, personalities and events. He makes his next appearance at Fresh Starts Chef Events in December 2017. For details, please visit the Fresh Starts Chef Events calendar or call 415-382-3363 x213.