Nine-Ten | San Diego, CA
Jason Knibb has spent nearly two decades as Executive Chef at La Jolla’s Nine-Ten restaurant. With so many other chefs racing from kitchen to kitchen, he is an anomaly, crediting the longevity of his position to a combination of “working with good people and being allowed the creative freedom to lead the ship”.
Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jason came to the United States when he was nine years old and grew up in the Los Angeles area. He discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. “The kitchen was short staffed one night,” he remembers. “They asked me to fill in, and suddenly, it all felt really natural and I knew that this was something I could and wanted to do.” The real eye opener came when he had the opportunity to train under Wolfgang Puck at Eureka Restaurant in Los Angeles when he was in his early 20s.
A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California. Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine from Zagat, Critic’s Choice Award by San Diego Magazine, La Jolla Light, and Gayot’s. In November of 2011, Jason was a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood/caviar showdown. Most recently, Jason was honored by the California Restaurant Association’s (CRA) San Diego Chapter as the “San Diego Chef of the Year”.