Author: JChristensen

CITY TAVERN Chef de Cuisine Jessica Christensen Jessica Christensen is no stranger to the Rush Street family, where she has worked as sous-chef at the upscale neighborhood bar and lounge before being promoted to Chef de Cuisine at City Tavern. Her culinary background may be steeped in fine-dining (Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel/Studio at Montage/Tracht’s), but Christensen’s approach to food is simple: less is more. And while her dishes may appear effortless, she relies on technique and flavors to showcase subtle complexities. She majored in fine arts and art philosophy but quickly realized that purchasing art for wealthy collectors wasn’t fulfilling. She enrolled in culinary classes and one day, walked into the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, landed a job and worked her way up at every station in the kitchen. It wasn’t long before The Studio at Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach beckoned. Now, Christensen will take her philosophy of seasonal, ingredient-driven cuisine to City Tavern. At home, Christensen said she loves to cook a mish-mash of food that reflects her Lebanese and Southern upbringing. She has a soft-spot for pickles, Lebanese food, and fun vegetables like artichokes, charred broccoli and cauliflower.

Chef Jessica’s Thanksgiving Recs

The funny paradox about the new world holiday is that for the most part, old world beers pair best. A lot of the American hopped beers are a tad heavy in flavors to pair with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. With […] 

A Beer-Centric Chef

The best part about being a chef in a beer-centric restaurant is the opportunity to plan and execute beer dinners. (Okay, the BEST thing is that I can trump your untappd badges, but the next best parts are the dinners.) […] 

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