After graduating from the French Culinary Institute with top honors, Chef Simi Hansen continued her education abroad, where she experienced the convivial atmosphere of tapas in Spain, fiery dishes in Southeast Asia, and locavore feasts at a biodynamic farm in New Zealand. Upon returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, Simi worked at Oakland’s Camino and renowned caterer Paula LeDuc before founding Wanderlust Catering, which specializes in California cuisine with global influences. In April 2015, she hired a fellow FCI alum, Matthew Kluz, who honed his craft at Waterbar and Paula Le Duc, to be the head chef. The duo places a strong emphasis on locally sourced organic produce and on strong industry relationships.
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