Rising Star Chef James Syhabout of Commis - Biography
James Syhabout has spent time in some of the most renowned fine dining kitchens in the world, and his resume reads like a dream for most working cooks: commis at El Bulli, chef de partie at Alkimia, chef de partie at Daniel Patterson’s Coi, and sous chef at Manresa with David Kinch. Not to mention stops at Mugaritz and The Fat Duck along the way…
The Oakland native was led to cooking by his mother, a chef at a Thai restaurant in Oakland. He graduated from California Culinary Academy in 1999 and headed to Manresa; in 2004, his friendship with Kinch and Harold McGee led to a stage at The Fat Duck, which opened the doors for his other seminal European experiences.
The precise techniques he’s picked up along the way – and continues to build and master – shine through. For Syhabout, it’s all about the details - whether it’s mixing a curry powder that suits his palate or whisking a perfect sabayon to compliment the season’s first asparagus. His range of high-concept techniques and ability to manipulate products don’t conflict with his appreciation of seasonal ingredients – which goes to show that with the right chef, even in San Francisco, the two schools of cooking don’t have to butt heads. He's currently the Chef-owner of Commis.
Rising Star Chef James Syhabout
3859 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
- formerly of Coi
San Francisco, CA 94133
- formerly of Manresa
320 Village Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95030
- formerly of Mugaritz
Errenteria , Gipuzkoa, Spain 20100
- formerly of The Fat Duck
Bray - Berkshire, United Kingdom SL6 2AQ
- formerly of PlumpJack Café
3127 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123