Chef’s Circle Executive Chef Craig von Foerster

Sierra Mar at Post Ranch
Big Sur, California

For Executive Chef Craig von Foerster, cooking is a personal philosophy, passion and way of life. Since he began his culinary career the journey has taken him from his Midwestern roots to the California coast and beyond. At twenty he worked as the chef of the Perry House in Monterey before moving to Hawaii to serve as Sous Chef in the Bay Club at Kapalua Bay Hotel, where he studied Pacific Rim cuisine. An opportunity to be chef/owner of Colorado’s Café Bohemia in Boulder led him back to the western states. Craig joined the Sierra Mar staff in 1994 as Sous Chef for two years before returning to Hawaii for a stint at the Plantation Veranda at Kapalua. He was named Sierra Mar’s Executive Chef in 1998.

Craig believes the difference between good and average food is sometimes a minute detail. He feels the energy and care for really great food must come from within. And the proof is in the pudding-the 2003 Zagat Guide rated Sierra Mar first in California for cuisine, with an overall rating of third. At Sierra Mar Restaurant Chef Craig focuses on seasonal and regional offerings, fusing California fare with French and Mediterranean influences.

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Nothing warms the heart and soothes the soul like a steamy bowl of soup on a cold winter's day.  It's guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.

Wild Rice Winter Soups:

Our Chef's Circle is continually developing new recipes and uses for wild rice especially with you, the professional chef, in mind.