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Josiah Citrin

Mélisse - Santa Monica, CA


Josiah Citrin is a culinary expert and veteran of Los Angeles’ gourmet dining scene with more than twenty-five years of experience. He is a two stars Michelin chef and owner of Santa Monica’s high acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, and Dave’s Doghouse. Fueled by a passion for food through his mother who was a caterer and his French grandmother, Citrin moved to Paris to explore his French heritage and begin a culinary journey. He worked at fine Parisian restaurants, Vivarois and La Poster, gaining an understanding of and respect for the rules of traditional French cooking.

Thereafter, he moved back to the U.S. and landed a position at Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated restaurant, Chinois on Main and then Granita in Malibu, CA. After two years, Josiah moved on to join Patina and Pinot Bistro where he cooked alongside famed chef and savvy restaurateur Joachim Splichal. Citrin subsequently became chef at Capri restaurant in Venice and Jackson’s in West Hollywood.

In 1996, Citrin launched JiRaffe alongside childhood friend and fellow chef, Raphael Lunetta. Selling his interest to JiRaffe to Lunetta in 1999, Citrin pursued his lifelong dream of opening his own fine dining establishment by debuting Mélisse, which opened to critical acclaim. Inspired by every day backyard barbeque cuisine, Citrin opened two more casual concepts, Charcoal Venice and Dave’s Doghouse.

Citrin’s honors include: two stars from Michelin Guide, #1 for Top Food in Los Angeles and #1 American-French Restaurant for Food in Los Angeles by Zagat (2013, 2014), “Best Wine List” by LA Weekly (2015), “Top 100 Restaurants in the World” by Elite Traveler (2015), Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide (2013, 2014, 2015), “Top Ten New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine (1997), and “Best Chefs of the Year” by Los Angeles magazine (2012).