Chef

Jonathan Whitener

LOS ANGELES

About Jonathan Whitener

Jonathan Whitener is the chef/co-owner of Here's Looking At You. His start in cooking had nothing to do with food—not at first. While growing up in Huntington Beach, California, he had his eyes set on his neighbor’s ’66 Cadillac convertible. To pay for the classic car, he was prodded to learn a trade and enrolled in occupational cooking classes. After nailing basic kitchen skills, he got a job in a hotel restaurant, where a line cook introduced him to Thomas Keller—not the man, per se, but his recipes in The French Laundry Cookbook. Truly inspired, he realized his calling in cooking.

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