Michael Dellar, with chef Bradley Ogden, opened The Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, California, in 1989, which eventually led to the creation of the 15-restaurant, $50,000,000 Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Today he is the principal of San Francisco’s iconic One Market Restaurant, celebrating its 25th year. Michael’s restaurants have won James Beard Foundation awards and Michelin stars. He was named a James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Restaurateur” semifinalist. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude, and an MBA from USC. Previously, he served as director of marketing for The Clorox Company’s restaurant operations division after managing marketing activities for new products, Clorox Bleach and other brands.
Michael has served as a trustee of The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts (COPIA); a member of the American Airlines Chefs’ Conclave; and a director of the California Restaurant Association, the USF Hospitality School, Visit Napa Valley, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Oakland Symphony and several other industry and charitable organizations. He was a founding director of OpenTable.com. Michael is currently a member of the Kitchen Cabinet for the Food Project at the Smithsonian Institution, a director of LightHouse for the Blind and a member of the Leadership Roundtable of food service industry CEOs. He maintains an active restaurant consulting and advisory practice. He and his wife, Leslye, live and grow grapes in Napa Valley, where their estate-grown cabernet sauvignon, Stardust, has received multiple awards and accolades.