Lewis began his culinary career at the California Culinary Academy in 1992. A chance meeting with acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins at a wine auction initiated an enduring professional friendship that landed him at Rubicon, where Des Jardins was the opening chef.
Lewis’ career also includes lengthy tenures at Boulevard, 42 Degrees, The Village Pub, and at Des Jardins’ Jardinière—where he was Executive Chef for five years. During that time, he netted a StarChefs.com Rising Stars Chef Award and three and a half stars from the San Francisco Chronicle. Before joining Des Jardins at the Commissary, he worked with Bon Appétit Management Company leading a chef team operating eight restaurants at Oracle Headquarters.