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Born & raised in Wichita, KS, he began working with some of the best chefs in San Francisco, in some of the most revered kitchens in 2006. Studying under Roland Passot at La Folie, one of the historic four -star restaurants in San Francisco, Jason developed a strong foundation in French/California cuisine.


As an up-and-coming talent rising the ranks in San Francisco’s culinary scene, Halverson was offered the opportunity to work with Chris L’Hommedieu at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square at MICHAEL MINA. Halverson was an integral team member that contributed to the restaurant garnering two Michelin stars. As his career progressed, he moved on to open MICHAEL MINA at 252 California Street in 2010 and continued to grow his talent and skills under Ron Siegel, ultimately becoming Siegel’s Executive Sous Chef before leaving to start Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group. 

Rooted in the culture and discipline of these award-winning kitchens with an appreciation for simply prepared, California-centric cuisine, Halverson strives to provide consistently craveable food in an environment that matches his personality, which he describes simply as – FUN! Halverson was named Eater’s Best Chef in San Francisco for 2015, and as a member of Hi Neighbor Group both San Francisco Magazine & GGRA’s Restauranteur’s of the year in 2017.

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