Chef James Koskiniemi

Chef James Koskiniemi and Sous Chef Paul Dioguardi will be working at Guest Chef from July 17th-30th  to provide you with a taste of California’s amazing organic small farm produce, organic proteins and wild fish. They will be taking many classic dishes and modernizing them with not only amazing hard to find ingredients but a touch of molecular gastronomy and above all passion. On Monday July 23rd at Guest Chef they will be paring beer from Lagunitas and Ale Industries Breweries for an 11 course dinner, there will only be 25 seats available for the dinner at a cost of $100 per.


James Koskiniemi is an American chef who is the recipient of the San Francisco Chefs Association 2010 Chef of the Year. James worked as the Executive Chef of The Bellevue Club in Oakland, California and as of 2011 owns and operates Chef James SF – Bay Area Culinary Services. He was a writer for the Culinarian Magazine, and recently served a third term as President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chefs Association – Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast ACF. He appeared on the cover of the February 2008 issue of the Culinarian Magazine.


When Chef James was six years old he won first place in a men’s cooking competition and a culinary award from Alice Waters. Chef James has an Associate of Occupational Studies in Le Cordon Bleu degree from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California, and was the only one to graduate with full honors at the top of his class out of almost 700 students. He has worked at many great restaurants including Boulevard in San Francisco and Chez Panisse in Berkeley.


He served as the youngest President and Director of the San Francisco Chefs Association. On October 17, 2010 Chef James won first place for preparing Crab and Potato Croquettes with a Sweet Kiwi Foam at the 10th annual Crabby Chef competition held at Spengers Restaurant in Berkeley, California. He repeated his victory a year later with Crab and Corn Beignets with a Ginger Honey Ver Jus. He recently made an appearance on an episode of the Food Network Show Restaurant Impossible and is currently in the process of opening his own Bay Area restaurant. Chef James works with several local charities such as Special Olympics, NFL Alumni For Kids, East Bay Agency for Children, and Raphael House. He was auctioned off for over $30,000 at the Raphael House Gala in May of 2012.



Menu Subject to Change




  1. 6-20-2012

    I made a reservation fo July 24th Its my B-day and I am a big fan of Chef James. Can I please request to sit at the bar.. Thank you

    • 6-20-2012

      No problem – we will make sure you have a front row seat! Thanks for coming in.

  2. 6-28-2012

    Is July 30 sold out? or do I email to get a table? Thanks.

    • 6-30-2012

      We are closed on Mondays (July 30th is a Monday) and Chef Koskiniemi last day is on the 29th.

  3. 7-14-2012

    July 20 is my birthday, and I was hoping to have a group of 6 + one child. Would you be able to accommodate such a group, or have us at tables side by side, if I make two reservations (ie table for 4 and table for 3)? Thanks so much!

    • 7-17-2012

      I will let them know tomorrow night. We would love to see you there!

  4. 7-19-2012

    I have a reservation July 24th. I don’t knowwhat time I made them for.
    What is the address?

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