John Fraser

Years of Participation

Restaurateur & Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser is a culinary trailblazer, best known for redefining the role of vegetables in American cuisine from imaginative fine dining restaurants to nostalgic neighborhood brasseries.

John Fraser is bringing his signature neighborhood brasserie, The Loyal, to Charleston in Fall 2020. The Loyal Charleston will be inspired by the warmth of Southern hospitality and the romance of European bistros. Follow John’s journey as he builds The Loyal Charleston via Instagram, @theloyalchs.

John’s restaurant group, JF Restaurants, is behind some of America's most exciting new restaurants, including Times Square’s first & only fine dining restaurant, 701West, America’s only Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant, Nix, Ardor in West Hollywood, and his signature neighborhood brasserie, The Loyal in West Village.

Born & raised in Los Angeles, John still draws inspiration from the nostalgia of neighborhood bars and comfort food he grew up around in California. He refined his fine dining expertise under the mentorship of Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in the Napa Valley, before moving abroad to Paris to work at the revered fine dining restaurants Taillevent and Maison Blanche. After moving to New York City, he delved into his Greek heritage while working at Snack Taverna in West Village, before becoming Executive Chef at Compass which was awarded two Michelin stars.

A dream to create the entire guest experience, from food, to wine, to service and ambience, led John to move beyond the kitchen and into creating entire restaurants. JF Restaurants is a collaborative, creative hospitality group with a mission to create moments that move people through food, beverage, service & design.