About Chef Olivier Siad
Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. One of the East Bay’s popular culinary personalities, Olivier Said is the co-founder of the acclaimed KITCHEN ON FIRE cooking school, located two doors away from Alice Waters’ landmark Chez Panisse Restaurant in the heart of Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto.
Prior to opening KoF in March 2006, Olivier Said spent eight years as an owner and bar manager for Berkeley’s popular Cesar Tapas Bar. He has also co-authored two highly-successful books – CESAR: Recipes from a Tapas Bar, named one of the Top 10 Cookbooks of 2003 by Food & Wine magazine, and THE BAR: A Spirited Guide to Cocktail Alchemy. And Said had a regular column in TRUMP magazine and is a contributor to READY MADE
Born and raised in France, he is the descendant of at least five generations of restaurateurs dating back to the early 1750s in France. After 37 years in the food business, Chef Olive decided it was time to share his vast culinary knowledge. After opening Kitchen on Fire in 2006, he enjoys teaching eager students, as well as giving back to the community. He regularly volunteers with such organizations as St. Vincent de Paul’s Kitchen of Champions and recently visited Contra Costa’s ARC facility in Concord and Fight Like A Fox’s event at TCHO in San Francisco or the Oakland Unified School District.