Peter Rudolph is the executive chef of Madera, the signature restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. His background for such a role includes ruling the kitchens at the Taj Hotels’ famed Campton Place in San Francisco, and 10 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Chef Rudolph lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kristie, and their son. In his free time, he is an avid cyclist.
Where were you born ?
How long in San francisco:
On and off for 20 years—about seven years total.
Excelsior, but I have lived in the Haight (upper and lower), Nob Hill, Western Addition, and Noe Valley
The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, or Coi
Ino; he is San Francisco’s Robuchon of sushi chefs.
Best Ethnic Food:
Wooden Charcoal on Geary, I LOVE Korean barbecue
Best place for late night dining:
Nopa, Beretta, or Wooden Charcoal
Anythign from Luis Villavelazquez at Absinthe. I have also had really good desserts at Coi and SPQR.
Best place for a romantic date:
Upstairs at Terroirs Wine Bar & Restaurant or out back at The Blue Plate
Best Sunday brunch:
Yank Sing or Navio at Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Alembic; I love the cocktails and the vibe.
Best place for a power business meeting:
On the peninsula at Madera at Rosewood Sand Hill
All-around favorite spot in San francisco:
Golden Gate Park; I spend more time there than anywhere else in the city.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, or I love Campton Place in the city.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, RVCA, Villains, Upper Playground, and any bike shop.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Out of state because taxes are too high here. I know this guy who knows a guy who…..
International Orange or Kabuki Springs & Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Meals on Wheels
Favorite Cultural Event:
Dia del los Muertos
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Best Aspect of San francisco:
The culture and community, the restaurant scene, the feel on the street, the weather, and unlimited cycling options!
I have never eaten in a steakhouse in San Francisco. If I eat steak, it is at home.
I’ll jump on the bandwagon for Flour and Water.
Starbelly; I love the food and the concept, and it never hurts to know the chef.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Twin Peaks, McLaren Park or Mt. Tamalpais
Sonja Yount’s Integrity in Motion
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
My own two wheels; I bet I can beat you across town on my bike.
California Academy of Sciences and MOMA
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: