Rise and Shine Restaurant Group is stirring up a pot of excitement with the addition of a seasoned chef who’s been making a splash in San Diego since 2005. Claudette Wilkins joined the group this month as Research and Development Chef until she takes the helm as Executive Chef at the group’s new El Jardin restaurant opening its doors in Liberty Station early 2018.
It was evident from our first few meetings that Chef Claudette would be an awesome fit,” says Rise and Shine’s owner, Johan Engman. “From her creativity in the kitchen and passion for food, to her future goals and desire to help our organization reach new heights, I am thrilled to bring Claudette on board.”
Expressing her desire to celebrate Mexico’s vibrant flavors, Chef Claudette held a position as Chef de Cuisine, helping open and lead Little Italy’s highly-anticipated Bracero Cocina De Raiz in 2015. Before that, she worked at hotspots such as at Sea180 and East Village’s Jsix, and has a plateful of experience as a sous chef, butcher, owner and pastry chef.