Many refer to Chef John Ash as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. In 1980 he
opened his namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, in Santa Rosa, CA. It was the
first restaurant in Northern California wine country to focus on local, seasonal ingredients
used to create dishes that complemented the wines being made in the region.
Currently John travels the world teaching cooking classes to both home cooks as well as professionals. He is an adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley.
In 2008 John was voted “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International
Association of Culinary Professionals. His passion for teaching is matched only by
his passionate voice on sustainable food issues, serving on the Board of the Chef’s
Collaborative, a national organization of chef’s committed to sustainable and ethical food
issues. He has also served on the Board of Advisors of Seafood Watch, an educational
initiative for sustainable seafood by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
John is completing work on a fourth cookbook, Culinary Birds, to be published by Perseus Books in the fall of 2013. His other books include:
- John Ash Cooking One-on-One: Private Lessons in Simple Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher was published spring 2004 by Clarkson Potter. It won a 2005 James Beard award.
- From the Earth to the Table: John Ash's Wine Country Cuisine was awarded the IACP award for Best American Cookbook, and the Julia Child Cookbook of the year. Chronicle Books released a completely revised and updated version of From Earth to the Table in 2007.
- American Game Cooking, published 1993 by Running Press
John contributes to culinary magazines such as Fine Cooking and Eating Well. He has co-hosted a radio show for more than 26 years on KSRO (1350 AM) in Northern California. He was also host of two TV shows on the Food Network.
John also consults for a number of clients including Del Monte Foods, University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, Brown Forman Corporation, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Viking River Cruises, and more.