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Three Michelin Restaurants in California

Learn why the Golden State is such a celebrated culinary destination

On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson speaks with the culinary innovators behind three Michelin-starred restaurants.

To start things off, Johnson connects with Matthew Kammerer, executive chef of Harbor House Inn in the North Coast town of Elk. Awarded a second Michelin star as well as a Michelin green star for sustainability in 2021, Kammerer discusses his love for hyper-local ingredients, foraging in the nearby cove and forests, and the restaurant’s very own working ranch.

Johnson then chats with Greg and Daisy Ryan of newly starred Bell’s in Los Alamos. The culinary power couple talks about how their French-inspired bistro settled into the Santa Ynez wine country, and discusses crowd-favorite dishes such as escargot and steak au poivre as well as some of their own favorites.

Finally, Johnson talks “California gastronomy” with Executive Chef William Bradley of Addison in Del Mar. Recently awarded a second Michelin star––the only two-star chef in San Diego––Bradley takes Johnson on a culinary adventure through Addison’s nine-course tasting menu, highlighting signature dishes and desserts along the way.

Guests

Matthew Kammerer, executive chef of Harbor House Inn

Daisy and Greg Ryan, co-owners of Bell’s

William Bradley, executive chef of Addison

Resources

Matt Kammerer is the executive chef of Harbor House Inn, home to two Michelin stars as well as a Michelin green star signifying exceptional sustainable practices.

Harbor House Inn

Michelin Guide to Harbor House

Dining at Harbor House Inn

Garden and Farm at Harbor House Inn

Mendocino County

Daisy and Greg Ryan are the co-owners of Bell’s in Los Alamos, an acclaimed restaurant just off Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Bell’s

Michelin Guide to Bell’s

Bar Le Côte

Santa Ynez Valley

Los Alamos

Los Olivos

William Bradley is the executive chef at Addison in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of Del Mar, located in northern San Diego County

Addison

Michelin Guide to Addison

San Diego

Del Mar

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson uses the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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