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Kim Alter

Chef/Owner of Nightbird and Linden Room

Kim Alter is the chef/owner of Nightbird and adjoining Linden Room, marking her first solo project in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Alter formerly worked with the Daniel Patterson Group for three years at the helm of kitchens such as Haven and Plum in Oakland, California. Prior to that, she has worked in some of the Bay Area’s most notable restaurant kitchens including Manresa, Ubuntu, Aqua, and Acquerello.

Alter’s menus showcase a commitment to technique, whole animal cookery, and support of local farms. Her food often takes familiar dishes to new places with creative spins on classics. Alter earned a Food & Wine Magazine nomination for People’s Best Chef in 2012 and again in 2013 for bringing “down-to-earth boldness to cerebral dishes” with her talent. She won the title of “Best New Chef” from Oakland Magazine while at Haven, which was also named “Best New Restaurant” under her direction and awarded three stars from San Francisco Magazine.  She grew up in Laguna Beach, California and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.