Chef Lauren Kiino was born in California and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan where her mom gave Kiino and her sister an early appreciation of eating and cooking. After attending Amherst College and graduating in 1994 with a BA in geology, Kiino worked in Chicago and Boston as an environmental geologist, but she dreamed of cooking for a living. She received her first culinary break in 1997, when she went to work at Chris Schlesinger’s East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Mass., first as an unpaid “volunteer,” and eventually as a paid line cook. Once she started cooking, she knew she had found her true calling.
Kiino relocated to San Francisco in 1998, where she quickly found a job at LuLu. In 1999, she moved to Delfina, where, under chef Craig Stoll’s guidance, she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She worked her way up to chef de cuisine and added a rustic and market-driven sensibility to her food. While at Delfina, Kiino staged at Da Delfina and Da Caino, both Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany. After leaving Delfina at the end of 2007, she staged at Boulette’s Larder, Rubicon, Coi and the French Laundry. Working at these restaurants, with their diverse and distinctive approaches to food, helped Kiino further develop her technique and personal cooking style.
In July of 2009, Kiino opened Cane Rosso, a casual Italian-inspired rotisserie and sandwich shop in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building. Her cooking embodies the Northern California culinary style. She has a strong affinity for cooking over a live fire, which she first came to appreciate at the East Coast Grill. Her food allows the clean, bright flavors of the ingredients to shine and is informed by European and American culinary traditions.
Kiino opened Fearless Coffee opened in April 2014. Serving craft Fearless coffee and a selection of hot and cold freshly made soups, sandwiches, snacks and the addictive cookies! The doors at Red Dog Restaurant & Bar was opened by Kiino in May 2014 and is located next to Fearless in the SoMa district of San Francisco. Red Dog is a farmhouse inspired restaurant and bar that brings the freshest local ingredients to the table. Along with both classic and modern cocktails Red Dog is the perfect place for a casual dinner or a relaxing drink with friends. Kiino’s catering services provides professional catering and event management for events ranging from casual dinners to large weddings.