Chef Jessica Largey
In Residence: February 2016
Few people can say that they started cooking at the age of five, but Jessica Largey traces her culinary roots back to a popular breakfast dish. While watching her mom make scrambled eggs one morning, Largey took in every detail from preparation to cooking and decided to recreate the dish on her own the following morning. From that moment, she was interested in everything that went on in the kitchen and learned a lot from her grandmother, who was a very knowledgeable and accomplished home cook.
Best known for her work at Manresa in Northern California as Chef de Cuisine with chef and owner David Kinch, Largey, a Southern California native, has also worked in the kitchens of Providence in Los Angeles, The Fat Duck in England, LAMILL Coffee Boutique in Los Angeles, and Bastide Restaurant in West Hollywood.
Largey was named a Zagat “30 Under 30” for San Francisco in 2013, an award honoring talent under 30 years old in the local food and drink scene. That same year, she was a StarChefs.com “Rising Star Chef” and an Eater “Young Guns” award winner, recognizing distinguished talent in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
In 2014 she was named a San Francisco Chronicle “Rising Star Chef” and was nominated for “Rising Star of the Year” by The James Beard Foundation. In May 2015, she won that James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” Award in Chicago, the first time the Awards had ever been held outside of New York City. As part of the festivities surrounding the Awards that year, Largey participated in a multi-chef collaboration ‘Rising Star Chef’ dinner series at Intro, which was co-hosted by Saveur. Her dish, Smoked steelhead with roe, umeboshi plum and chrysanthemum, was a critical favorite.
Largey lives in Santa Cruz where she can be found cooking, foraging, and enjoying the outdoors. She also has a knack for collecting old books – mostly cookbooks.