Chez TJ, Mountain View, CA
Chef Jarad Gallagher, a Seattle native and second-generation chef, began cooking at the age of five alongside his father. His unique upbringing included fishing, farming, hunting and foraging as essential elements of life. The kitchen was his world—a place of transformation—where goods from salt-of-the-earth people would arrive and enter a magical madness. He was a chef; there was nothing else for him to be.
As a Sous Chef at 19 and Executive Chef at 21, Chef Gallagher refined his natural skills at cooking and developed business savvy. Having a strong passion for French cooking, he took intensive training classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and London. This led to obtaining a stage at the acclaimed Bras restaurant in Laguiole, France. Inspired by the French’s traditional approach to food and influenced by Chef Michele Bras’ contemporary vision, Jarad returned to the US with a fresh outlook on the connection between food and people. For this young and driven Chef, California was a food haven, and San Francisco was where earth and ocean met chef and table. Working at Michelin starred restaurants including Michael Mina, One Market and Plumed Horse, Jarad obtained the skills and knowledge to drive the stoves at Chez TJ where he incorporates nutritional concepts to enhance the quality and experience of fine dining cuisine.
Chef Jarad is an avid motorcyclist, duck hunter and horseback rider, with a profound interest in the connection between food and health.