Joyce Goldstein

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Joyce Goldstein
Joyce Goldstein - 2006.jpg
Joyce Goldstein in 2006
Born (1935-07-17) July 17, 1935 (age 85)[1]
Culinary career
Cooking styleJewish
Previous restaurant(s)
    • Square One (1984-1996)
Award(s) won

Joyce Goldstein (born July 17, 1935)[1] is an American chef, who is a two time James Beard Foundation Award winner. She ran the influential San Francisco-based restaurant Square One between 1984 and 1996.


Joyce Goldstein worked as executive chef at the cafe within Chez Panisse for three years. She was the founder of the first international cooking school in San Francisco, California Street Cooking School. As well as working as a chef, she taught kitchen design at the University of California. Her first cookbook, The Mediterranean Kitchen, was published in 1989. She has since written cookbooks on Mediterranean and Jewish cuisines.[2]

Goldstein ran her restaurant Square One in San Francisco between 1984-96. While there, she had a daily changing menu of Mediterranean cuisine and had an influence on the restaurant scene in the city. To celebrate Goldstein's 80th birthday in 2015, the team from Square One reformed for a single night's service.[3]


Goldstein was added to the James Beard Foundation Awards Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 1985. She was then nominated for specific awards on several more occasions, winning twice; first in 1993 in the General book category for Back to Square One: Old World Food in a New World Kitchen, and then again the following year for Best Chef California.[4][2]


  1. ^ a b "Goldstein, Joyce Esersky". LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies. Library of Congress. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Joyce Goldstein". StarChefs. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Lucchesi, Paolo (June 24, 2015). "Square One returns to San Francisco, for a night". SFGate. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Joyce Goldstein". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved November 29, 2017.

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