As executive chef of Ubuntu, located in Napa Jeremy Fox gave new meaning to the concept of a meat-free menu. Rather than “vegetarian,” Fox described Ubuntu’s meatless philosophy as a “vegetable restaurant” that celebrates the purity of fresh biodynamic produce and demonstrates a first-hand relationship with Napa Valley’s farms. Hailed as one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs of 2008,” Fox made a name for himself with his innovative combinations of contrasting flavors and textures that highlight the strengths of his ingredients. And his work at Ubuntu won him a 2010 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Award.
After a successful tenure manning the meat station at Manresa, located in Los Gatos, California, Fox was (ironically) more than prepared to take over the reigns at Ubuntu. Working under mentor David Kinch, Fox rose to the position of chef de cuisine during his last two years at Manresa, where he learned to view vegetables as more than mere side dishes and was encouraged to experiment with the restaurant’s own garden-fresh produce.
Fox has passed through the kitchens of esteemed restaurants Anson, in Charleston, South Carolina, Mumbo Jumbo, located in his hometown of Atlanta, and San Francisco restaurants Rubicon and Charles Nob Hill. He’s staged at Michelin two-star De Snippe in Belgium, as well as St. John and Michelin three-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, both in London, England.\
Fox departed Ubuntu in 2010, and is currently working on opening his own vegetable-centric restaurant.