Happy Chef Blogging Friday!
before there was Wolfgang, there was JEREMIAH. (and those signature big red glasses!)
He is considered one of the forces behind modern California cuisine –- which emphasized the use of locally grown ingredients to elevate simple dishes to fine delicacies. That in turn launched a revolution in American regional cookery.
Offering unique and daily-changing menus at Berkeley's Chez Panisse in the early '70s, and later at his own San Francisco gem, Stars, Jeremiah Tower became a crusader for "California Regional Cuisine," He began his rise to culinary stardom without any formal culinary training to his name, instead relying on his basic common sense, appreciation for great food, and unshakable confidence.
Jeremiah opened his instantly successful San Francisco restaurant Stars in 1984, moving across the Bay with his simple philosophy of cooking with the best ingredients only at their peak. Shortly thereafter, Jeremiah had a virtual constellation of Stars restaurants, cafes, and bakeries around the globe, known for their emphasis on seasonality, freshness, and quality.
Listen to an NPR interview. Or watch him cook with Julia.