Chef/Owner of Jardinière, Mijita Cocina Mexicana
Chef/Partner of Public House and Manzanita
A native of Northern California, Traci Des Jardins has four restaurants in San Francisco, including Jardinière, Mijita Cocina Mexicana (two locations) and Public House. In Lake Tahoe, she operates Manzanita, a destination restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands at Northstar.
Before opening Jardinière in San Francisco in 1997, Des Jardins worked in some of the ﬁnest kitchens in Los Angeles, France, and New York City. Classically trained in French cuisine by some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world, Des Jardins’ style is also influenced by her Mexican and French-Acadian grandparents who taught her how to cook. Throughout her more than two decades in San Francisco, Des Jardins has continued to focus and evolve her style of cooking as well as her restaurants. Over the course of her successful career she has trained and groomed many chefs and front-of-the-house personnel, many of whom now help operate her growing group of restaurants.
In 2004 Des Jardins opened Mijita Cocina Mexicana in the San Francisco Ferry Building and in 2010 the second location at AT&T Park, combining the best of Bay Area seasonal and local ingredients with the traditional Mexican ﬂavors of her youth. Adjacent to Mijita and located at AT&T Park, home of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Traci’s Public House is a sports bar serving California influenced pub food.
Known as one of the top female chefs in the country, Des Jardins is a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career, including:
- James Beard Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef of the Year”, 1995
- Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef”, 1995
- San Francisco Magazine’s “Chef of the Year”, 1995
- Jardinière won Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant”, 1999
- James Beard foundation nomination for “Best New Restaurant”, 1999
- James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Pacific”, 2007
- Beat “Iron Chef” Mario Batali on the Food Network show Iron Chef America, 2007
- Finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters 3, 2011
Des Jardins sits on the board of La Cocina, a San Francisco based non-profit business incubator and on the advisory board of Bocuse d’Or USA, joining fellow chefs in the quest to elevate culinary excellence in the United States. She is a deeply committed activist and philanthropist working with hunger-relief organizations such as Share Our Strength, Citymeals On-Wheels and other non-profits such as amfAR.