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Russell Jackson

Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Best Known as a Finalist on "Going Off the Menu"

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 Russell Jackson Biography

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Chef Russell Jackson developed an early fascination for cooking by watching his mother prepare family dinners on the kitchen's match-lit stove. Intrigued, he made an early attempt at applesauce at age three and, in the process, launched a career experimenting in the kitchen.

Jackson left home at age 17 for the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where he graduated with honors. Following graduation, he opened his first restaurant, Russell's, in Los Angeles. Chef Jackson also served as a personal chef during this time, counting A-list celebrities among his clientele. Throughout, he expanded his culinary oeuvre and learned the nuances of the restaurant business.

After nine years at Russell's, Chef Jackson again left Los Angeles and returned to San Francisco where his reputation, honed in Los Angeles, earned him the Head Chef role at the James Beard-nominated Black Cat. While applying his trademark approach developed at Russell's to the Black Cat, San Francisco culture began to shape Jackson's menu choices. It was during this time that Chef Jackson reunited with former colleagues and immersed himself in San Francisco's rich, cosmopolitan dining scene.

San Francisco's anti-authoritarian culture helped inspire his next and boldest move: SubCulture Dining (SCD), an underground dining club where the menu focused on sensible ingredients, many from Russell's own rooftop garden. SCD combined a darkly exciting atmosphere, a democratic application process, and a clientele ranging from worldly foodies to the young and inexperienced. SCD grew to win over San Francisco patrons, where the cozy atmosphere allowed Chef Jackson to use his distinctive personality to the best of his advantage.

In 2008, with now SCD a culinary institution, Chef Jackson sought a new challenge. That exploration became Lafitte, a San Francisco sparkler with a touch of culinary rebellion, beautifully situated on San Francisco's Embarcadero waterfront. Inspired by French brasseries and emphasizing local and fresh ingredients, Lafitte was Chef Jackson's stylistic counterpoint to SCD and showcased the more traditional side of Chef Jackson's style and fare.

Chef Jackson has twice entered the world of television. In 2013 he appeared on Iron Chef America where he battled Chef Jose Garces in a Rhubarb War. That same year Chef Jackson was a contestant on the hit reality show The Next Food Network Star where he became a fan favorite and finished third overall. In one memorable scene, having successfully created a bacon-candy product for a panel of food executives, one marketing executive noted his personality and skills, describing him as both endearing and bold, with a great television persona —a sentiment often echoed by the panel of judges that included Chefs Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Alton Brown.

Today, four restaurants launches later, and returning from the Food Network Kitchens, Chef Jackson remains active in the New York and San Francisco food scenes. SubCulture Dining is now a bi-coastal affair with a robust schedule and an ambitious agenda. He is currently working on new development projects in New York and San Francisco, and assists as a Board Member at WHED.org. J

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Russell Jackson

Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Best Known as a Finalist on "Going Off the Menu"

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Russell Jackson Biography

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Chef Russell Jackson developed an early fascination for cooking by watching his mother prepare family dinners on the kitchen's match-lit stove. Intrigued, he made an early attempt at applesauce at age three and, in the process, launched a career experimenting in the kitchen.

Jackson left home at age 17 for the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where he graduated with honors. Following graduation, he opened his first restaurant, Russell's, in Los Angeles. Chef Jackson also served as a personal chef during this time, counting A-list celebrities among his clientele. Throughout, he expanded his culinary oeuvre and learned the nuances of the restaurant business.

After nine years at Russell's, Chef Jackson again left Los Angeles and returned to San Francisco where his reputation, honed in Los Angeles, earned him the Head Chef role at the James Beard-nominated Black Cat. While applying his trademark approach developed at Russell's to the Black Cat, San Francisco culture began to shape Jackson's menu choices. It was during this time that Chef Jackson reunited with former colleagues and immersed himself in San Francisco's rich, cosmopolitan dining scene.

San Francisco's anti-authoritarian culture helped inspire his next and boldest move: SubCulture Dining (SCD), an underground dining club where the menu focused on sensible ingredients, many from Russell's own rooftop garden. SCD combined a darkly exciting atmosphere, a democratic application process, and a clientele ranging from worldly foodies to the young and inexperienced. SCD grew to win over San Francisco patrons, where the cozy atmosphere allowed Chef Jackson to use his distinctive personality to the best of his advantage.

In 2008, with now SCD a culinary institution, Chef Jackson sought a new challenge. That exploration became Lafitte, a San Francisco sparkler with a touch of culinary rebellion, beautifully situated on San Francisco's Embarcadero waterfront. Inspired by French brasseries and emphasizing local and fresh ingredients, Lafitte was Chef Jackson's stylistic counterpoint to SCD and showcased the more traditional side of Chef Jackson's style and fare.

Chef Jackson has twice entered the world of television. In 2013 he appeared on Iron Chef America where he battled Chef Jose Garces in a Rhubarb War. That same year Chef Jackson was a contestant on the hit reality show The Next Food Network Star where he became a fan favorite and finished third overall. In one memorable scene, having successfully created a bacon-candy product for a panel of food executives, one marketing executive noted his personality and skills, describing him as both endearing and bold, with a great television persona —a sentiment often echoed by the panel of judges that included Chefs Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Alton Brown.

Today, four restaurants launches later, and returning from the Food Network Kitchens, Chef Jackson remains active in the New York and San Francisco food scenes. SubCulture Dining is now a bi-coastal affair with a robust schedule and an ambitious agenda. He is currently working on new development projects in New York and San Francisco, and assists as a Board Member at WHED.org. J

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  • Chef Russell Jackson and his Fight For Foie Gras - YouTube

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  • How to book Russell Jackson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Russell Jackson 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 Russell Jackson, 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 Russell Jackson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Russell Jackson?

    Booking fees for Russell Jackson, 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 Russell Jackson, 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 Russell Jackson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Russell Jackson 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 Russell Jackson 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 Russell Jackson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Russell Jackson 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.

Russell Jackson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Russell Jackson for your event is available upon request. Russell Jackson generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kwame Onwuachi, Beverly Kim, Matthew Rudofker, Francis Mallmann and Buddy Valastro. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Russell Jackson for an upcoming event.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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