Fresh Off Michelin Glory, Addison Chef Departs After Decade-Plus Tenure

December 30, 2022

Fresh off receiving top Michelin Guide honors, Addison's longtime chef de cuisine has announced her departure from San Diego's most prestigious restaurant.

Chef Stefani De Palma has been working in the kitchen of San Diego's famed Addison restaurant since she was 19 years-old. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, De Palma has worked at various positions within the 3-Michelin Star restaurant, including as pastry chef, chef de partie, chef tournant, pastry sous chef, sous chef, and as chef de cuisine since 2016. Today, Chef Stefani announced she would be leaving the restaurant after nearly 15 years. It is believed that longtime Sous Chef Jonathan Brambila will be promoted soon to take over as Addison's new Chef de Cuisine.  

"Tomorrow I’ll walk into Addison for my last service," wrote Chef Stefani De Palma. "After nearly 15 years, an immense amount of growth and opportunities, it’s time for a new chapter of my life and I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished. Seeing this restaurant earn our third Michelin star this year was, without a doubt, the cherry on top of an overflowing sundae of memories. Thank you Chef, Johnny, Sean and the entire team of Addison, past and present, for allowing me to be your Chef de Cuisine for the past 6 years. It’s been an absolute honor. Toodaloo, kangaroos."

Earlier this month, Addison was awarded the highest tier of three stars for Michelin Guide California 2022, which will be released in print form for purchase in the coming weeks. Executive Chef William Bradley opened Addison at what is now the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in 2006 and the restaurant was quickly regarded as the top spot for French fine dining in all of San Diego. The 80-seat dining room is a sophisticated setting for Bradley's nine-course tasting menu, which showcases and preserves the integrity of seasonal and world-class ingredients. Named for Addison Mizner, a famed architect whose approach was inspired by the decorative arts of Spain, Portugal, Venice and Morocco, the restaurant's design showcases his influence.

There is no word yet on where Chef Stefani De Palma will work next. Follow her journey on Instagram