People from San Francisco; Meet Up & Coming Talent

Francis AngFrancis Ang san francisco

He moved to San Francisco at age 19, where he attended culinary school before getting his first job at Gary Danko. The 27-year-old uses his Filipino background to create a new range of menus never seen before. He now works at Fifth Floor specialising in desserts and is no doubt destined for big things.



At 26 he’s already the executive chef at Chez TJ taking over from well-established names such as  BrunoCheme and  Christopher Kostow. He started as a sous-chef at Chez TJ and has worked his way up to his current position. Expect to go on to bigger and better things in the near future.

Alan KropfAlan Kropf san francisco

If you like cocktails then this is your man. He’s already worked at the Beverly Hills Hotel and helped open the London West Hollywood Hotel with Gordon Ramsay. He plans drinks parties, creates new drinks and spends a considerable amount of time raising money for charity. He has his first book coming out soon and is expected to be involved in a whole host of events.


Lena Kwak

She’s only 26 but is already the R&D Chef of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group after graduating from Johnson & Wales. She’s a former private chef but now focuses on creating a range of food that’s allergy friendly.

Xelina LeybaXelina Leyba san francisco

Leyba, general manager at Commonwealth, is responsible for creating a casual approach to fine dining. $10 from every $60 tasting menu is donated to a different local nonprofit every mont, which has helped the restaurant be nominated for the James Beard for Best New Restaurant award.

Aaron London

A Former Executive Chef at Ubuntu Aaron Londonis destined for big things.  He’s a CIA graduate and has been working the bar so he familiarize himself with that side of the business before opening his own spot in SF.

Andrew MarianiAndrew Mariani san francisco

If you ever want to party then give Andrew Mariani a call. The 29-year-old is a vintner but hosts incredible parties with an incredible passion for win. His range of wine is set to increase, along with his profile.



Thomas Martinez

If you want agreat time then head over to the Wild Kitchen where Thomas Martinez is the co-chef. Not only is the food excellent but Martinez is one of the best up and coming chefs. Not to mention he’s working on opening an education-based commissary that will offer cooking classes, pop-up dinners, and a rental kitchen and retail space for local food vendors.

Seth BoroSeth Boro san francisco

He’s a partner at Thoma Bravo, aprivate equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. The 36-year-old has an M.B.A from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario, Canada.



Gene Hoffman

He was the youngest NASDAQ CEO after pioneering digital music and driving adoption of the digital economy. He now works for Vindicia which makes billing and marketing software based in Belmont.

Amy BerlinerAmy Berliner san francisco

She’s the co-owner and Marketing Manager of Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. She’s responsible for marketing, advertising, public relations and packaging sales in the U.S. She’s now successfully launched the company’s presence in England and it’s clear that at the age of only 25, she’s destined for great things.



Dan Kosta

Californian wine has become big business and Dan Costa is cashing in. The 39-year-old is the founder of Kosta Browne Winery and has overseen a new winery home for Kosta Browne in the Barlow development of downtown Sebastopol. His wine has been received with critical acclaim.

Ryan HowardRyan Howard san francisco

No he’s not the first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Howard is Co-founder and CEO, Practice Fusion, company that makes free, web-based electronic medical records to doctors. He’s only 36 and is a big contributor to children’s charities in the local area.



Scott Cheeseman

President andChief Executive Officer, Phillips Tile Company, Scott Cheeseman is a true success. His company struggled during the recession but he managed to return the company to profit making ways. He’s introduced many new techniques to save costs and it won’t be long until he’s snapped up by one of the major companies.

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