Gather around the Farmstead live fire pit with some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. Our 2018 guest chefs will work alongside our executive chef Stephen Barber and our entire culinary team to roast, smoke and sear a family-style feast served right from the flames alongside our award-winning Long Meadow Ranch wines. This series benefits the Timothy Hall Foundation.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Laurence Jossel is a long-time San Francisco resident who moved here from Los Angeles to attend the California Culinary Academy, from which he graduated in 1991. Jossel cooked for Roland Passot at La Folie for two years before moving to the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, where he worked as sous-chef to Gary Danko for four years. During that time he studied with Madeleine Kamman at the School for American Chefs at the Beringer Winery in St. Helena.
Opening Kokkari in 1999, Laurence’s Greco-California menu was praised for its innovation. In 2000, he opened Chez Nous, a neighborhood bistro featuring small plates of the Mediterranean. There Jossel was selected as one of five Rising Star Chefs by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Chez Nous was awarded three stars in a restaurant review by Michael Bauer. Of Chez Nous Bauer wrote: “The food created by Laurence Jossel is spectacular! Every neighborhood should have a Chez Nous.”
In 2006 Jossel opened the wildly popular Nopa, which serves simple, hearty, accessible food. Three years later, alongside partners Jeff Hanak, Allyson Jossel, and Gonzalo Guzman, he opened Nopalito, an organic Mexican restaurant. A second Nopalito opened in 2012. Both Nopa and Nopalito have garnered much acclaim for their farm to table approach, serving local, organic and sustainable focused cuisine.
With over 30 years in the food industry, 25 of them at the top of the San Francisco food scene, Jossel brings extensive experience, culinary expertise, and a remarkable reputation to the table. In between shopping farmers markets around the bay area, you will find Laurence at home in San Francisco with his wife Holly, their three children, and their dog, Rosie.