Hoss Zare's farewell to San Francisco
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Hoss Zaré has been a San Francisco–based chef for many years, known in the culinary world for his distinctive style that reframes Iranian cuisine to heighten it while simultaneously making it more accessible to the world.
He grew up on his family’s century old farm in Tabriz, Iran. In 1986 he emigrated to San Francisco, where his older brother owned and operated the iconic Billboard Café. In 1989, while enrolled as a pre-med student at UC Davis, his passion for cooking would have him drive every day from Davis to San Francisco to work as a line cook at the historic Fly Trap Restaurant. This is where owner Walter Zolezzi and Chef Craig Thomas mentored Zaré to the rank of Executive Chef. In his twenty-five year plus career, Chef Zaré has established a loyal following while at the helm of several restaurants, including Aromi, Zaré Sacramento, and Bistro Zaré. After a stint in the Napa Valley, fate brought him back to the restaurant where his culinary journey began. He owned and operated Fly Trap Restaurant from 2008 to 2016. During this time he began to draw from the flavors and memories of his childhood and honed his unique style. Known for his exuberant service and hospitality, or rather “Hoss-pitality,” a term coined by fans and a play on his first name, he often embraces guests with Hossy-Hugs and a smile before service.
Chef Zaré has received awards and praises and has been the subject of several publications. Currently, he is working on a memoir and recipe book dedicated to his parents, and also consulting and traveling in his spare time.
All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.