Zachary Geerson of Hotel Fullerton's Citizen Kitchen


Chef Zachary Geerson, originally from Fort Myers, FL has made his way through the culinary scene rather rapidly. After being promoted from a dish washing position to sous chef in just two and half years, Geerson left Florida to pursue a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. After taking on a ‘Manager in Training’ position and gaining experience at a restaurant on campus, he decided it was time to broaden his knowledge, and he made his way down to sunny Southern California.

Geerson started his Southern California culinary career at Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea, CA, and became the Executive Chef in less than 2 months. During his time running the show at Tempo, Geerson became close with Front of House manager Fredie Garcia, who was later recruited as Hotel Fullerton's Food and Beverage Director. Soon after, Garcia hired Geerson as the Executive Chef and Citizen Kitchen would never be the same. Garcia has moved on to other projects, but he certainly left his stamp on on the restaurant by bringing Chef Geerson on board. These days, Geerson handles everything from the food, the cocktail menu, restaurant aesthetics, communication with the entire staff, and more. He is a man of many talents, giving the title Executive Chef a whole new definition.

Since his transition to Citizen Kitchen, Geerson has been enlisted complete creative control with the menu, and the cuisine is innovative and unique. He’s serving plates such as Roasted Chicken with pistachio mole, Jamaica pickled onions and avocado yogurt, as well as Burnt Milk Panna Cotta with heirloom tomatoes, strawberries and fresh herbs. "Ultimately, I try not to cook anything I don't believe in."

Geerson foresees a trend in the culinary scene that focuses on simple artistry. He believes the avante garde phase in food is over, and that people don't want to wonder what's on their plate anymore. With plans on centralizing his next seasonal menu on this idea, he aims for each ingredient to be less tampered with, seasoned minimally, and to speak for itself.

Chef Geerson describes Citizen Kitchen as "A place you could come and get high quality food, but still wear sandals - casual fine dining." Be sure to give your compliments to the chef when you stop in to Citizen Kitchen.



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