Owner & Chef Coral Strong opened Garden Kitchen with her husband in May 2015 having never worked professionally in a kitchen. With nearly 20 years experience in the hospitality and service industry and a “failure not an option” attitude, she jumped directly into the executive chef and owner’s role and soon became a leader in the farm to table chef community. Within a few short years Garden Kitchen went from a no name restaurant on a run down corner to one of the most unique and sought out dining spots in San Diego.
A creative in the kitchen, Coral’s true passions are cooking and entertaining. With the continued success and growth of Garden Kitchen, she found herself in the kitchen more and losing touch with her customers. The desire to keep the intimate connection with her guests made it a natural transition to the current reservation only private dining model, where she can cook with intention and focus on her locally sourced produce driven tasting menus, and ultimately share that love directly with customers.
The food at Garden Kitchen expresses the bounty of goodness found on San Diego farms. When you dine here you are experiencing true farm to table at its finest. There is careful consideration of the food from beginning to end; purchasing, handling, preparation and presentation, with a cooking style that reflects a love of all flavors.