Timothy Hollingsworth

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Timothy Hollingsworth
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Born Timothy Wayne Hollingsworth
(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 37)
Houston, Texas
Education Apprenticeship
Spouse(s) Caroline Elia Hajjar (2012-present)
Children Hunter Olivia Hollingsworth, Liam Walker Hollingsworth
Culinary career
Cooking style Contemporary American, French

Timothy Hollingsworth (born, January 30, 1980) is an American chef and restaurateur. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles, California after leaving his post as the former Chef de Cuisine at Thomas Keller’s restaurant The French Laundry in the Napa Valley.[1] He is currently the chef and owner of both Otium[2] in Los Angeles, California and Barrel & Ashes[3] in Studio City, California. He has won multiple awards throughout his career from the 2010 James Beard Foundation's Rising Chef of the Year Award,[4] 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef,[5] and the most prominent, the 2009 Bocuse d'Or. After winning the Bocuse d'Or USA semi-finals, held at Epcot in September 2008,[6][7][8] Hollingsworth represented the United States at the Bocuse d'Or world final, in 2009.[9][10][11][12][13][14] He placed sixth out of 24 prominent chef teams from around the world, which was the highest ranking the US achieved up until 2015.[15]

Life and career[edit]

Timothy Hollingsworth was born in Houston, Texas. In 1988, his mother Karen Hollingsworth and father Quintin Hollingsworth took their five children and moved to Placerville, California. Being raised as a Southern Baptist in Texas, religion and family dinners were very important parts of his upbringing.[16] Hollingsworth grew up working in construction with his father until he was 18, when he landed a dishwashing gig at one of the nicest restaurants in the area, the now-shuttered Zachary Jacques, there Hollingsworth fell in love with cooking as a profession. Hollingsworth worked his way up to a sous chef position at Zachary Jacques restaurant in Placerville, CA, receiving mentorship and inspiration that have helped him throughout his career.

Hollingworth never attended culinary school. Instead, he was determined to work for either Thomas Keller or Alaine Ducasse. In 2001, He began as a commis at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry. At that time, Hollingsworth learned from former chefs de cuisine Eric Ziebold and Corey Lee, internalizing the heritage of the restaurant’s cuisine. In 2004, Keller selected Hollingsworth as part of a core team that traveled to New York City to train and prepare for the opening of his fine dining establishment in Manhattan, Per Se. After returning to The French Laundry, Hollingsworth was promoted to sous chef in 2005. In this position, he lent his enthusiasm and focused dedication to further communicate Keller’s philosophy and culinary vision. In 2009, Hollingsworth received the title of chef de cuisine of The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif., Timothy Hollingsworth led the kitchen in the continued evolution of its world-renowned cuisine. Hollingsworth exemplifies Chef Thomas Keller’s commitment to mentorship and personal development, with nearly 12 years of tenure at the restaurant. Throughout his career at The French Laundry, Hollingsworth staged in France, Germany and England [9][10][13] under European Chefs Gordon Ramsay, Michel Rostang and Alain Senderens.

In 2012, Hollingsworth left his position at The French Laundry and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his own ventures.[17] He began consulting not only in the United States, but in Korea and Lebanon as well. In 2014, Hollingsworth partnered with LA restaurateur Bill Chait and opened Barrel & Ashes.[18] In 2014, Hollingsworth partnered with The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and opened Otium in Downtown Los Angeles.[19] Hollingsworth married Caroline Hajjar in 2015. They have two children; daughter, Hunter Olivia Hollingsworth and son, Liam Walker Hollingsworth.


Television Appearances[edit]

Top Chef, season 6 episode 12 (guest judge) [22]

Guilty Pleasures, Food Network, season 1 [23]


  1. ^ Sophie Brickman (September 12, 2010). "How French Laundry's chefs reach for the stars". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ "Otium at the Broad museum is L.A.'s most ambitious new restaurant in years". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Smoke Out: Barrel & Ashes Brings Top-Notch 'Cue to Studio City - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Winners: 2010 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards". Eater. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Rising Star Chefs 2010". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  6. ^ Reuters.com (September 28, 2008). Bocuse d'Or USA Announces Winner
  7. ^ Wells, Pete, The New York Times (September 28, 2008). French Laundry Sous Chef Will Represent U.S. in Bocuse d’Or
  8. ^ Sciolino, Elaine, The New York Times (January 26, 2009). High Hopes for American Team in Bocuse d’Or Cooking Competition
  9. ^ a b sirha.com "Bocuse d'Or Candidates' Portraits" (PDF).  (670 KB)
  10. ^ a b Cowin, Diana, Food & Wine (February 2009). Competing at the Bocuse d’Or: Team USA’s Unbeatable Recipes
  11. ^ Vallis, Alexandra, New York Magazine: Grub Street (November 6, 2008). Chef Timothy Hollingsworth Wants to Bring American Pressure to the Bocuse d’Or
  12. ^ Abend, Lisa, Time (January 25, 2009). An American Underdog Dreams of Kitchen Gold
  13. ^ a b Hallock, Betty, Los Angeles Times (January 26, 2009). American chef preps for cooking fame at France's Bocuse d'Or
  14. ^ Sciolino, Elaine, The New York Times: Diner's Journal (January 28, 2009). The American Chef Comes in Sixth
  15. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "USA wins silver at Bocuse d'Or". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  16. ^ "Timothy Hollingsworth: High-profile chef from the foothills". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  17. ^ "Timothy Hollingsworth on leaving the French Laundry and what's next". Inside Scoop SF. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  18. ^ Coser, Crystal. "The essential guide to San Fernando Valley restaurants". Eater LA. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  19. ^ "Timothy Hollingsworth to Helm Restaurant at The Broad Museum". Haute Living. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  20. ^ "Winners: 2010 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards". Eater. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  21. ^ "Rising Star Chefs 2010". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  22. ^ "Episode 12: Culinary Olympics". Bravo TV Official Site. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  23. ^ "You're Bacon Me Crazy : Guilty Pleasures : Food Network". www.foodnetwork.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14.