Traci de Jardins


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 including:

-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
-Winner of  Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” (Jardinière), 1999
-James Beard Foundation nomination for “Best New Restaurant" (Jardinière), 1999
-James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Pacific,” 2007
-Winner of “Iron Chef” title (vs. Mario Batali) on Food Network's Iron Chef America, 2007
-Finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters 3, 2011
-Winner of Esquire's Knife Fight, 2014
-Semifinalist for James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef,” 2015

Des Jardins sits on the board of La Cocina, a San Francisco based non-profit business incubator, and on the advisory board of Bocuse d’Or USA, joining fellow chefs in the quest to elevate culinary excellence in the United States. She is a deeply committed activist and philanthropist working with hunger-relief organizations such as Share Our Strength, Citymeals On-Wheels and other non-profits such as amfAR.