Juniper & Ivy’s food is as
spectacular as its setting, as
multimillions were spent to
renovate an old warehouse.
Five Chefs to Watch
San Diego’s culinary roster is full of big names and undiscovered masters.
Whether you’re hungry for a quick bite or a seven-course spread, these five
chefs won’t let you down.
1RICHARD BLAIS Top Chef All-Stars Season 8 winner Chef
Richard Blais recently opened Juniper &
Ivy in Little Italy. Blais offers a dynamic
menu inspired by the seasonal California
bounty, with everything made in an open
kitchen where discerning foodies can keep
a close eye on the action.
2 AMANDA BAUMGARDEN This Top Chef Season 7 alum is the
architect of the surf ’n’ turf menu at
North Park’s new Waypoint Public,
where she’s serving up house-made
sausages, terrines and a handful of tasty
desserts. Each dish has a suggested beer
pairing poured from one of the 30 taps
behind the bar.
3HANIS CALVIN The culinary mastermind behind
Carnitas Snack Shack turned a walkup
restaurant with no indoor seating into one
of the city’s most coveted dining destinations. A haven of pork, the daily changing
menu is posted online 15 minutes before
opening, with tasty eats like pulled pork
sandwiches and pork loin schnitzel.
4CHAD WHI TE Known for pushing the boundaries of
San Diego’s seafood scene, Chad White
orchestrates mystery pop-up dinners and
the prix-fixe, roving dining operation
Plancha Baja Med, with menus posted
online beforehand. Or take a trip across
the U.S./Mexico border to try out his new
Tijuana restaurant, La Justina, offering his
Baja gastrobar cuisine and jazzed-up Mexican street food.
5WADE HAGEMAN Wade Hageman’s trilogy of San Diego
restaurants are at the forefront of the local
and sustainable food movements. Always
willing to go the extra mile, Hageman uses
three-day fermented dough for the wood-fired pizza at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
(Encinitas), flavors his barbecue with cherry and oak at Craftsman American Tavern
(Encinitas) and makes pasta from scratch at
Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen (Hillcrest).
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