"Being an ethical chef is not so much a choice as a duty."
David Kinch currently holds three Michelin stars for his restaurant Manresa, which specialises in California cuisine and is located in the town of Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manresa was awarded two stars in the 2007 Michelin guide, upgraded in 2016, and has held three Michelin stars ever since.
Kinch is one of the top names in California cuisine today, with a cooking style that incorporates modern techniques from around the world - and Japan in particular - but with a focus on fresh, local ingredients to invoke the Californian terroir, or sense of place. As such, he has a keen interest in sustainability, and the ingredients used at Manresa are either sourced from a select few local suppliers and fishers or grown in-house. He has also been vocal in his support of sustainability measures such as protected areas and fishing restrictions.