A native of New Hampshire, Executive Chef Francisco Lopez, Jr. joins Charlie Palmer Steak Napa with classic French training, a passion for the culinary arts, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and a firm belief in quality, locally sourced ingredients. Inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley and fond memories of cooking with his family, Chef Lopez bring a fresh and honest yet delightful approach to the bold, American style-menu at Charlie Palmer Steak.
Prior to joining the Charlie Palmer Group in 2017 as the Executive Sous Chef, Chez Lopez served as Sous Chef at Calistoga Ranch under Chef Bryan Moscatello, Lead Chef de Partie at The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Tournant at Etoile at Domaine Chandon under Michelin-starred Chef Perry Hoffman in California’s Wine Country, and Tournant at Café Boulud in West Palm Beach, Florida.
A graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute, Chef Lopez also holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts and International Baking & Pastry. Renowned for his creativity, strong butchery skills, and contemporary sauce work, he has been recognized by the American Culinary Federation and The Chaine Des Rotisseurs and San Pellegrino.
Outside of the kitchen, Chef Lopez enjoys golf, travel, and wine tasting.