Chris Cosentino

Chris Cosentino, the chef and proprietor of Cockscomb on Freelon and 4th, is fond of proclaiming that San Francisco is the melting pot of the American West - and he has the history to back it up.

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Chris's Ride

“Riding down Highway 1 is not to be missed - and with this route, you get both the pan-flat fun of riding next to the sea and climbing on the 92 back to the city! The coast around Half Moon Bay is beautiful, and a stark contrast to the ride’s starting point. And if this ride doesn’t float your boat, come pick my brain at Rapha San Francisco.”

Distance: 71.7 miles
Elevation: 5293 feet

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Chris Cosentino, the chef and proprietor of Cockscomb on Freelon and 4th, is fond of proclaiming that San Francisco is the melting pot of the American West – and he has the history to back it up.

“Just look at all the food and cocktails that have been created here – they’re all inventions that combine a couple of different cultures. You have the Green Goddess, the Hangtown Fry, Chepino, which is a bastardization of Bouillabaisse from France and Cacciucco from Italy. You have Pisco Punch, Celery Victor, Crab Louie, it goes on and on.”

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For Chris, a former MTB racer and regular contributor to the charity ride Chef’s Cycle, each element of San Francisco’s culinary heritage hides a secret about the city – which is one of the things that brought him over from the East Coast. “I was working in kitchens in D.C. and every time a box of vegetables came across my chopping board it would be stamped with the words ‘produce of California’. I was choosing between New York and San Francisco, so I went where they grow food.”

“Take oysters at the start of the 20th century, for instance. Street vendors would meet the fishing boats at the water, collect a cartload of oysters, and haul them around the city on a block of ice. Oysters were a street food! And that’s where you get cocktail sauce from – it was used to mask the taste of rancid oysters. There’s something to be said for that: know your history, because you can’t create your future until you know your history. And that, to me, is what this city is all about.”

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