As a child, Chef Srijith Gopinathan grew up being influenced by the exotic spices of Southern India that filled the air of his childhood home. His backyard blossomed with ginger and turmeric and he was often tasked by his grandmother to collect these culinary treasures and bring them in to the family kitchen where he observed lessons on utilizing every part of an ingredient and spice.
If his grandmother were alive today, she would be proud to know that he just earned two Michelin stars as the Executive Chef at San Francisco's Campton Place and is the only Indian Chef in the nation to receive such distinction. His journey from the perfumed kitchen of his family to culinary school and beyond is proof that early lessons on the importance of flavor and spice are the building blocks to the precise execution of great cuisine.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Srijith worked in the illustrious kitchen of Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones at the Michelin two-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in England, where he honed his extensive repertoire of classical European techniques.
Chef Srijith also spent time in upscale hotels in India before taking the helm at Taj Exotica in the Maldives. For the past eight years, Chef Srijith has used his unique skill set to create the most refined version of contemporary Cal-Indian cuisine at Campton Place. For five years in a row, Chef Srijith earned a Michelin star for this landmark San Francisco dining establishment before his most recent two star upgrade.
In addition to the Michelin accolade, Chef Srijith and Campton Place were awarded 3.5 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for his food. His regular forays to Bay Area farmers markets inspire him to combine peak-season ingredients with spice route flourishes that enhance, but never overwhelm. His nuanced palate enables him to create balanced flavors in dishes that surprise and delight. Chef Srijith's versatility and depth of knowledge are such that he regularly enters the pastry realm, creating the restaurant's elegant desserts. Chef Srijith truly values his time in San Francisco, a city he believes affords chefs and diners the best ingredients on the planet.