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Executive Chef and Owner of two distinct California restaurants, Jar and Tracht's

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Suzanne Tracht is among the rare group of American women chefs who have achieved the ultimate dream of owning their own restaurant. With Jar, her modern chophouse in the heart of Los Angeles, Tracht dazzles Angelenos with the allure of her familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire. Her contemporary interpretation of dishes like Pork Belly and Chocolate Pudding prove that delicious food can also be unpretentious. "I love feeding people. We want guests to feel like they are in the ultimate living room, where they can have their favorite foods without pretence. I've always wanted to create a restaurant space where there's a sense of community and neighborhood," says Tracht. The faithful patronage and camaraderie among Suzanne Tracht's guests are a fulfillment of her vision.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Suzanne's epicurean journey began as a teenager when she apprenticed under renowned chef Siegbert Wendler at the four-star rated Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. After three years, Suzanne moved to Southern California to pursue her culinary aspirations. She spent the late 1980s cooking in the kitchens of the Westin Century Plaza Hotel and Spa and the prestigious Hotel Bel-Air where she trained under the direction of Chef George Morrone. In 1991, Suzanne became sous chef at Noa Noa in Beverly Hills, among the earliest of the Cal-Asian fusion restaurants introducing flavors of the East to the West. The following year, Tracht enthusiastically accepted the offer to work under the guidance of Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton in the kitchen at Campanile. This was a key move that placed Suzanne amongst the "who's who" of Southern California's most influential generation of chefs. Soon named the restaurant's Chef de Cuisine, Tracht polished her earthy style of cuisine as she mastered the management tasks of running a busy kitchen. Even through the duress of working on the kitchen line until the final days of two consecutive pregnancies, Tracht acknowledges Campanile as one of the most valuable and intrinsic experiences of her career.

Suzanne's next move came in 1996 when she launched her first solo venture as Executive Chef at Jozu. Her innovative menu of Cal-Asian dishes which blended bright flavors with an array of textures and spices, won multitude of accolades. It was here that she began to develop a true following. In its debut year, Jozu ranked number two for "L.A.'s Best New Restaurants" in Los Angeles magazine's annual restaurant issue.

With the opening of Jar in 2001, Tracht realized her dream of owning and operating her own restaurant. Jar was her concept, and the public and critics became quick fans of what was to be among the first in the steakhouse rage across the United States. In addition to designing a menu with universal appeal, the restaurant was instantly embraced as a gathering place for locals.

Suzanne and her longtime Chef de Cuisine Preech Narkthong are responsible for re-inventing chophouse classics to reflect Tracht's influences and technique. "Traditional steak houses don't base their menus on the season, but at Jar, it's our mission," says Tracht. First-time diners who go to Jar for its prime quality meat cuts are often surprised to find the best vegetables dishes in Los Angeles hailing from the kitchen. Using traditional braising techniques as well as a range of Asian products available locally, Tracht turns out simple yet rich "Sides" of Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Corn, Sauted Pea Tendrils and Japanese Purple Potatoes memorable in their purity.

In 2002, Food and Wine magazine honored Tracht with a well deserved spot among the Best New Chefs of the year. Jar has received stellar reviews in Los Angeles, Angeleno and the Los Angeles Times. In her three star review of the restaurant, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila says, "Tracht's attention to detail sets Jar apart. It's not only good, it's absolutely reliable. How rare is that?" Brad Johnson of Angeleno gives Jar four stars saying, "I can't think of anyone who makes a better pot roast than Tracht." Patric Kuh gives Suzanne the highest accolades in his review of Jar. "Suzanne Tracht has a French sense of proportion, and Italian appreciation of minimal intervention, and a Japanese awareness of modulation. She might have the most finely tuned and modern sensibility of any cook working in L.A.," says Kuh in his review for Los Angeles magazine, December 2005. Jar was named among Los Angeles' top 75 restaurants in Los Angeles magazines 2005 and 2008 restaurant issues.

From participating at the annual Bon Apptit Culinary and Wine Focus at the Beaver Creek Resort in Vail to hosting the Bon Apptit Culinary Arts Voyage aboard the prestigious Silversea Cruiseline, Suzanne continues her collaboration with America's premier publications.

In addition to Food and Wine, Angeleno, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times, Tracht has been prominently featured in the New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential, More, GQ, Elle, New York, Variety and InStyle. Tracht has also appeared on the Today Show, Food Network, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E!, KABC, KNBC, KCAL, and Fox News. Tracht, well recognized among the leading women chefs in the United States, was inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant News in May 2007.

Suzanne opened her second venture, Tracht's, at the Renaissance Hotel Long Beach in July 2007. The restaurant, which received outstanding reviews in both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register was named among the top new restaurants of 2007 by Citysearch. An exciting new concept, Suzpree, a modern oyster bar and noodle house, is scheduled to open in Los Angeles 2010. And, TrachtHouse, an airport restaurant concept, is currently in the bidding for the Los Angeles International Airport, tentative opening 2011.

In light of the success that the kitchen has brought her, Chef Tracht believes in giving back to her community of local organizations, fellow chefs and restaurateurs. She donates her time to innumerable charitable events including the Bon Apptit Wines and Spirits Focus, Cooking for a Cause, Planned Parenthood, the Culinary Winemasters for Cystic Fibrosis, the Environmental Media Awards, and Taste of the Nation for Share Our Strength. She has participated in Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in 2003, 2005, and 2009, and has appeared at the prestigious James Beard House to cook a tasting dinner of her restaurant's signature dishes. Most recently Tracht was honored at the 2009 Women in Food James Beard Foundation Awards gala in New York.

In 2008 she started a long term partnership with SOVA, a community food and resources program of Jewish Family Service of LA, to raise money and awareness through event fundraising and speaking opportunities. In 2009 Tracht donated to SOVA her $10,000 prize from successfully placing as a Top Chef Master on Bravo's show Top Chef Masters.

In her spare time, Suzanne shares activities with her two teenage children, Ida and Max, who often can be seen doing their homework at Jar. She unwinds from the intensity of running two busy restaurants with Pilates classes, hiking in the nearby Hollywood Hills, and riding her bike at the beach.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Suzanne Tracht for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Suzanne Tracht for your next private or corporate function.
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Executive Chef and Owner of two distinct California restaurants, Jar and Tracht's

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Suzanne Tracht Biography

Suzanne Tracht is among the rare group of American women chefs who have achieved the ultimate dream of owning their own restaurant. With Jar, her modern chophouse in the heart of Los Angeles, Tracht dazzles Angelenos with the allure of her familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire. Her contemporary interpretation of dishes like Pork Belly and Chocolate Pudding prove that delicious food can also be unpretentious. "I love feeding people. We want guests to feel like they are in the ultimate living room, where they can have their favorite foods without pretence. I've always wanted to create a restaurant space where there's a sense of community and neighborhood," says Tracht. The faithful patronage and camaraderie among Suzanne Tracht's guests are a fulfillment of her vision.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Suzanne's epicurean journey began as a teenager when she apprenticed under renowned chef Siegbert Wendler at the four-star rated Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. After three years, Suzanne moved to Southern California to pursue her culinary aspirations. She spent the late 1980s cooking in the kitchens of the Westin Century Plaza Hotel and Spa and the prestigious Hotel Bel-Air where she trained under the direction of Chef George Morrone. In 1991, Suzanne became sous chef at Noa Noa in Beverly Hills, among the earliest of the Cal-Asian fusion restaurants introducing flavors of the East to the West. The following year, Tracht enthusiastically accepted the offer to work under the guidance of Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton in the kitchen at Campanile. This was a key move that placed Suzanne amongst the "who's who" of Southern California's most influential generation of chefs. Soon named the restaurant's Chef de Cuisine, Tracht polished her earthy style of cuisine as she mastered the management tasks of running a busy kitchen. Even through the duress of working on the kitchen line until the final days of two consecutive pregnancies, Tracht acknowledges Campanile as one of the most valuable and intrinsic experiences of her career.

Suzanne's next move came in 1996 when she launched her first solo venture as Executive Chef at Jozu. Her innovative menu of Cal-Asian dishes which blended bright flavors with an array of textures and spices, won multitude of accolades. It was here that she began to develop a true following. In its debut year, Jozu ranked number two for "L.A.'s Best New Restaurants" in Los Angeles magazine's annual restaurant issue.

With the opening of Jar in 2001, Tracht realized her dream of owning and operating her own restaurant. Jar was her concept, and the public and critics became quick fans of what was to be among the first in the steakhouse rage across the United States. In addition to designing a menu with universal appeal, the restaurant was instantly embraced as a gathering place for locals.

Suzanne and her longtime Chef de Cuisine Preech Narkthong are responsible for re-inventing chophouse classics to reflect Tracht's influences and technique. "Traditional steak houses don't base their menus on the season, but at Jar, it's our mission," says Tracht. First-time diners who go to Jar for its prime quality meat cuts are often surprised to find the best vegetables dishes in Los Angeles hailing from the kitchen. Using traditional braising techniques as well as a range of Asian products available locally, Tracht turns out simple yet rich "Sides" of Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Corn, Sauted Pea Tendrils and Japanese Purple Potatoes memorable in their purity.

In 2002, Food and Wine magazine honored Tracht with a well deserved spot among the Best New Chefs of the year. Jar has received stellar reviews in Los Angeles, Angeleno and the Los Angeles Times. In her three star review of the restaurant, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila says, "Tracht's attention to detail sets Jar apart. It's not only good, it's absolutely reliable. How rare is that?" Brad Johnson of Angeleno gives Jar four stars saying, "I can't think of anyone who makes a better pot roast than Tracht." Patric Kuh gives Suzanne the highest accolades in his review of Jar. "Suzanne Tracht has a French sense of proportion, and Italian appreciation of minimal intervention, and a Japanese awareness of modulation. She might have the most finely tuned and modern sensibility of any cook working in L.A.," says Kuh in his review for Los Angeles magazine, December 2005. Jar was named among Los Angeles' top 75 restaurants in Los Angeles magazines 2005 and 2008 restaurant issues.

From participating at the annual Bon Apptit Culinary and Wine Focus at the Beaver Creek Resort in Vail to hosting the Bon Apptit Culinary Arts Voyage aboard the prestigious Silversea Cruiseline, Suzanne continues her collaboration with America's premier publications.

In addition to Food and Wine, Angeleno, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times, Tracht has been prominently featured in the New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential, More, GQ, Elle, New York, Variety and InStyle. Tracht has also appeared on the Today Show, Food Network, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E!, KABC, KNBC, KCAL, and Fox News. Tracht, well recognized among the leading women chefs in the United States, was inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant News in May 2007.

Suzanne opened her second venture, Tracht's, at the Renaissance Hotel Long Beach in July 2007. The restaurant, which received outstanding reviews in both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register was named among the top new restaurants of 2007 by Citysearch. An exciting new concept, Suzpree, a modern oyster bar and noodle house, is scheduled to open in Los Angeles 2010. And, TrachtHouse, an airport restaurant concept, is currently in the bidding for the Los Angeles International Airport, tentative opening 2011.

In light of the success that the kitchen has brought her, Chef Tracht believes in giving back to her community of local organizations, fellow chefs and restaurateurs. She donates her time to innumerable charitable events including the Bon Apptit Wines and Spirits Focus, Cooking for a Cause, Planned Parenthood, the Culinary Winemasters for Cystic Fibrosis, the Environmental Media Awards, and Taste of the Nation for Share Our Strength. She has participated in Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in 2003, 2005, and 2009, and has appeared at the prestigious James Beard House to cook a tasting dinner of her restaurant's signature dishes. Most recently Tracht was honored at the 2009 Women in Food James Beard Foundation Awards gala in New York.

In 2008 she started a long term partnership with SOVA, a community food and resources program of Jewish Family Service of LA, to raise money and awareness through event fundraising and speaking opportunities. In 2009 Tracht donated to SOVA her $10,000 prize from successfully placing as a Top Chef Master on Bravo's show Top Chef Masters.

In her spare time, Suzanne shares activities with her two teenage children, Ida and Max, who often can be seen doing their homework at Jar. She unwinds from the intensity of running two busy restaurants with Pilates classes, hiking in the nearby Hollywood Hills, and riding her bike at the beach.

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  • How to book Suzanne Tracht?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Suzanne Tracht for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Suzanne Tracht, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Suzanne Tracht or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Suzanne Tracht?

    Booking fees for Suzanne Tracht, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Suzanne Tracht, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Suzanne Tracht?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Suzanne Tracht for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Suzanne Tracht for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Suzanne Tracht or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Suzanne Tracht or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Suzanne Tracht is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Suzanne Tracht for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Suzanne Tracht generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Susan Feniger, Joan Nathan, Stephanie Izard, Cat Cora and Aliya LeeKong. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Suzanne Tracht for an upcoming event.

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