VIDEO: Chef Joshua Skenes Talks Young San Francisco Talent

Saison's Joshua Skenes discusses the state of the San Francisco dining scene
Joshua Skenes on Saison and San Francisco Fine Dining

Chef Joshua Skenes of Saison in San Francisco

Chef Joshua Skenes sat down with The Daily Meal's video producer, Ali Rosen, to discuss Saison, his two-Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District. According to Skenes, the key concept behind Saison is "buying things from people who are obsessed with quality, and cooking those things with that same obsession." 

With regards to the notion that San Francisco has become a fine dining mecca in California, a state typically known for its more laid-back culinary attitude, Skenes notes that it's largely due to the combination of access to prime ingredients and the abundance of talented chefs who care about their craft. 

Skene also explains that the ability for San Francisco chefs to access the highest quality products as soon as they're harvested, caught, or slaughtered makes it easier for ambitious chefs to offer a fine dining experience as a lower price point.

Rosen and Skenes also discussed the growing trend of younger, highly ambitious chefs opening their own restaurants in San Francisco, and why they are beginning to dominate the scene. According to Skenes, these chefs are "naive and fearless," but also get inspired to step out on their own because they're working with other chefs their age who are in executive positions.