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In 2001, Duskie and John opened ZAZU kitchen + farm in Sonoma County. ZAZU was named a TOP 10 best new restaurant of 2002 and was listed in the San Francisco Chronicle’s TOP 100 restaurants in 2003, 2004, and 2005. ZAZU was also rated TOP 50 restaurants in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine. 2008 through 2016, ZAZU has been included in the San Francisco Michelin guide. In 2009, Duskie & John received the Rising Star Chef Awards for Sustainability. Together, they were crowned“KING & QUEEN of PORC” at the Grand Cochon at Aspen Food & Wine 2011.
Duskie & John released their first wine in 2005, Holdredge Schiopettino, MacBryde Vineyard, which landed a coveted spot on the wine list at The French Laundry. When the vineyard had to be torn out, Duskie & John were unwillingness to spray near their family, so the family decided to build the “Pig Palace” and put in a fruit orchard. In addition, they are making their own wine with Thomas George Estates: BLACK PIG PINOT, and PINK PIG sparkling wine.
In 2007, Duskie and John were fortunate to be on the cover of Wine Spectator. They are also among those featured in the California Commercial with Thomas Keller, Doug Keene, Suzanne Goin, and Guy Fieri. Duskie was a fierce competitor on the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef, season 3 and season 5. Duskie is currently a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. They have also been featured on Guy’s Big Bites, Emeril Green, P.B.S.’s Chefs-A-Field and A Moveable Feast. ZAZU has been included in The New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Sunset, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, Art Culinaire, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Press Democrat, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Food Arts, San Francisco Magazine, Hemisphere, Zagat, Elle (Japan & Mexico), Marie Claire, Luxury, Los Angeles Times, Michelin and more. You can catch Duskie in the ZAZU garden before service gathering fava leaves or squash blossoms with her two girls.(707) 523-4814