Chez TJ is also exceptionally pleased to welcome our new chef, Christopher Lemerand. Christopher brings a wealth of experience from some of the most celebrated Michelin-starred kitchens in the United States. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Christopher launched his culinary career with the famed Besh Restaurant Group in New Orleans, being involved with August, Domenica, and Lüke. From there, Lemerand worked his way to San Francisco, where he was one of only four chefs working alongside Dominique Crenn and her pastry team at Atelier Crenn. In 2012, they brought Atelier Crenn to two Michelin stars, setting the restaurant up for its historic position as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Lemerand furthered his culinary growth by working at the lauded one-star SPQR and Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Westin St. Francis before jumping at the opportunity to work once more with Dominique Crenn at her endeavor, Antoniette, with the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. Gaining a wealth of knowledge during his time there, Lemerand was soon recruited to COI. After being tapped as the restaurant’s only Sous Chef by Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley, they along with Chef de Cuisine Justin Mauz led the team which saw the restaurant elevated from two to three Michelin stars. He then spent the next year traveling and building his knowledge of the supplier side of high-quality ingredients before an old chef-friend reached out to him about an opportunity at a winery in Napa, Darioush. Lemerand headed to the North Bay to take in the natural splendor and immerse himself in wine. He’s now excited to show Mountain View the culmination of his remarkable journey. Joined by Chez TJ’s incredible team and its owner of nearly forty years, George Aviet, Christopher Lemerand welcomes you back to taste both what you’ve known Chez TJ to offer and much more.