Hailing from Phoenix, Suzanne Tracht began cooking professionally at age 19 at the Arizona Biltmore. From there she moved to Southern California and the amazing Hotel Bel-Air and later served as sous chef at Noa Noa. She worked for Nancy Silverton at Campanile for 4 years and was the chef de cuisine when she left to launch her first solo venture, Jozu, a highly praised Cal-Asian restaurant that created a loyal following for Suzanne.
Suzanne Tracht opened her chophouse, Jar, in 2001 with a focus on seasonal produce and the best ingredients where she succeeds in recreating classic rustic dishes with a twist, “familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire.” The menu make look familiar with Kansas City Steak and Pot Roast, but Suzanne’s twist makes it special every time.
In 2002, Suzanne Tracht was named to the list of Food & Wine Best New Chefs. She is passionate about the empowerment of women and participated in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and was honored in 2009 by the James Beard Foundation during their “Women in Food” Awards Gala.
Suzanne appeared on Season 1 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and donated her prize money to SOVA, a community food and resource program of the Jewish Family Service of LA.
She unwinds and seeks balance in a pool, using swimming to unwind and decompress from the stresses of being an Executive Chef and business owner. Suzanne also participated in the first-ever Chefs Cycle benefiting No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength. She rode from Santa Barbara to San Diego and raised over $11,250 for her 300-mile ride.
You can meet this amazing talent this fall - on September 21, 2015, Suzanne Tracht is a featured guest chef with Cat Cora on a 4-day West Coast Princess Cruise, originating and ending in Los Angeles.