Chef Jason McLeod Brings Michelin Star Experience to San Diego as the New Executive Chef of One of the City's Most Innovative Hospitality Collectives

July 24, 2012

Chef Jason McLeod
McLeod To Oversee Culinary Programs for Craft & Commerce, UnderBelly, Neighborhood and More

The visionary restaurateurs-come-social engineering duo, Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton proudly announce the recent addition of nationally renowned chef Jason McLeod to their hospitality collective, Consortium Holdings. With over 25 years of culinary experience under his toque, chef McLeod has traveled the world to train with several of the most prestigious chefs in the industry, including Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White. McLeod also spent time in San Diego from 2007 to 2009, serving as executive chef of the Grand Del Mar--but it was in 2011 as the opening executive chef for the Chicago’s Ria Restaurant at the Elysian Hotel that he led the restaurant from being relatively unknown, to receiving two Michelin stars during its first year of operation.

Shortly after receiving this tremendous accomplishment, McLeod left his position at Ria to return once again to San Diego's warmer and more temperate climate. It was here that he was connected with Tafazoli and Stanton, who were immediately drawn to his experience in Chicago. “Coming from a market that has drastically evolved within the past several years into a highly progressive, chef-driven dining scene, Jason has been able to witness this immense growth firsthand," says Tafazoli. "Recognizing Jason's incredible skill, our hope is that he will continue to stimulate that same cultural innovation that is now happening in San Diego. With a growing pool of extremely talented individuals gathering right here in our own backyard, we think having someone like Jason just puts our city that much closer to receiving the national attention it deserves".

McLeod is just as excited by the opportunity, noting how “moving back to San Diego was a welcomed opportunity to step into the city’s growing food scene. With San Diego’s unique climate and location, it’s refreshing to be able to utilize the local produce and proteins that aren’t readily accessible in other parts of the country year round.”

As executive chef of Consortium Holdings, McLeod will oversee the award-wining culinary programs at Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce and UnderBelly, East Village’s contemporary urban eatery, Neighborhood, and will continue to grow with the collective as co-owners, Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton move forward in expansion.

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