A recipient of the Best Chefs in America award for the Pacific region from the James Beard Foundation and awarded two Michelin stars for five consecutive years, David Kinch is creating a legacy in the advancement of California cuisine in the 21st century. At Manresa, his restaurant in Los Gatos, California, where he is executive chef and proprietor, his philosophy is fostered by the terroir or “sense of place” of the California Coast, and the kind of ingredient-driven cooking and modern technique he studied in France, Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

In 2006, he formed an exclusive partnership with Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which supplies Manresa with year-round provisions and vegetables grown using biodynamic practices. By sustainably producing his own vegetables, he is creating a closed circle among guests, the garden and his highly personal cuisine.

Accolades and Achievements

  • James Beard Foundation Award, Best Chefs in America for the Pacific region
  • Two Michelin® stars for Manresa for six consecutive years
    2011 Chef of the Year, GQ
  • Leader and innovator among chefs practicing sustainability