A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for 25 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants. She currently runs a diverse group of eateries, from her iconic Jardinière, Ferry Building located Mijita, to Public House in AT&T Park which serves classic American fare. Traci’s newest ventures, The Commissary, Arguello, and Transit are located in the Presidio in San Francisco in a newly formed partnership with the Presidio Trust and Bon Appetit Management Company. They also offer catering, under Presidio Foods Catering, in a number of amazing venues in the Presidio.
Before opening Jardinière in San Francisco in 1997, Des Jardins worked in some of the highly acclaimed 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 and gave her a passion for food. 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 leaders, many of whom now help operate her growing group of restaurants and others who have gone on to their own successful ventures.
Traci is the culinary advisor to Impossible Foods which launched the Impossible Burger in the summer of 2016. The Impossible Burger is a revolutionary plant-based meat. The Impossible Burger is currently only offered in four restaurants in the United States with Jardinière being one of them.
A dedicated philanthropist, Traci sits on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. 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.
- 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 was one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants”, 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 Season 3, 2011
- The Commissary was one of Esquire Magazines “Top 10 Restaurants in the Nation”, 2014
“My relationship with Pacific Gourmet spans 26 years, since I first moved to San Francisco in 1991. And my relationship with Sandy even predates that time back to 1989. I have always found PacGourmet to be an inspiring company, bursting with knowledge about great products, always on the hunt and sourcing the best available and always willing to go the distance as a partner in our endeavors to bring our guests the very best. Over time, they have become more like family than like a business relationship. I don’t know what we would do without them.” – Traci Des Jardins, Chef/Owner of Jardinière, Mijita Cocina Mexicana & Chef/Partner of Public House, The Commissary and Arguello