Executive Chef Zach Geerson

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, the restaurant garnered many wonderful reviews. In November 2015 Geerson decided it was time to move on and work on a bigger “passion-project.” He was then enlisted as the Executive Chef of the Hotel Fullerton. In just four months, Geerson was promoted to Food & Beverage Director for all restaurant operations. His first move was to change the existing restaurant into what is now Citizen Kitchen. These days, Geerson handles everything from the food, the cocktail/beverage 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 Confit Salmon on “everything bagel” lavash with truffle cream cheese, pickled onions, and fried capers, as well as Sweet Corn Bread with house-made brown butter ice cream and pumpkin seed praline. “Ultimately, I try not to cook anything I don’t believe in.” With the seasonal style of the restaurant certain dishes are subject to change, so get them while you can!

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 comfortable place for locals or the citizens to come in a get a great meal as if they were hanging out with me in my kitchen.” Be sure to give your compliments to the chef when you stop in to Citizen Kitchen.