We’re thrilled to announce that Jason Franey, an alumnus of some of the finest kitchens in the country, has joined the team as Executive Chef. Franey will take the lead at the end of June while Chef Anthony Wells has been promoted to Culinary Director.
Classically-trained with a market-driven culinary style that draws influences from beyond the borders of California, Franey began his impressive career at the age of 15 in Palm Beach, Florida, starting as a line cook and advancing to Chef Brigade and eventually Chef de Partie of L’Escalier, the 4-star, 4-diamond rated restaurant at the The Breakers Hotel. At 24, he trained under Chef Daniel Humm as Executive Sous Chef of Campton Place in San Francisco, a mentor relationship that would span both coasts over a six-year period eventually landing both chefs at Michelin three-star Eleven Madison Park in New York.
In 2008 at age 31, Franey became the Executive Chef of Seattle’s most celebrated and storied restaurant: Canlis. During his six-year tenure, Franey garnered Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” award, was a James Beard Foundation finalist for “Best Chef: Northwest” three years in a row, and in 2013, was named a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, one of only 161 chefs in the world at the time to receive the prestigious designation of culinary excellence.
Franey eventually moved to Monterey, California, to become the Executive Chef of Restaurant 1833, earning the historic dining institution a 3.5-star review and “Best Restaurant in Monterey” commendation from revered San Francisco Chronicle dining critic, Michael Bauer.
In 2017, Franey moved to San Francisco to work for the Proper Hotel Group’s newest property in Mid-Market, eventually being tapped by MINA Group’s Chef Michael Mina to refresh his Michael Mina Bellagio property in Las Vegas and MICHAEL MINA, the chef’s Michelin- recognized flagship restaurant in the heart of San Francisco.
For the past several years, Franey has served as Special Projects Chef and consultant for Accor Hotels, working on multiple venues for the brand in North America specializing in menu development and research and development.
Franey joins the Jteam with enthusiasm to learn and further cultivate the deep community connections fostered by Chef Wells. This includes purveyor relationships that celebrate the region’s wild-capture fisheries and environmentally responsible marine aquaculture, as well as the vast network of niche, small-acreage growers in the county well-known for their heirloom, ethnic, and specialty crops.
Franey will initially spend time with Chef Wells, pastry chef Lindsay Sipress, beverage director and sommelier Nick Gergen, GM Anna Shin, and the rest of the team in order to build on the restaurant’s culinary ethos and foundation. Menu development will follow–rest assured it will be less a departure and more an evolution of the cuisine that’s made Juniper and Ivy one of the most notable in the region.
We can’t wait for you to meet Chef Jason! In the meantime, here’s a running list of the news spotted in local and national press: