Prospect is the first restaurant where Ravi Kapur bears the title of Executive Chef. Before opening Prospect last year--which is often dubbed the "little sister" restaurant to Boulevard -- Kapur worked as Chef de Cuisine at Boulevard. Eight years of cooking there gave Kapur "a kinship" with his mentors Nancy Oakes and Pam Mazzola. Prospect is a San Francisco Chronicle 2011 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant, and critic Michael Bauer recently detailed the Prospect savory courses he enjoys: “black cod with mild red curry; shiso shrimp fritters with shiitake mushrooms and snap peas; and crisp-skinned duck with glazed turnips, pickled grapes, pistachios and a rum-raisin puree.”
Kapur is from Kailua, Oahu, in Hawaii, and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1999. He has worked at kitchens such as Redwood Park with George Morrone and Michael Mina, as well as at Coyote Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Extensive travels include “eating like a local” in South East Asia.
Kapur lives in the Mission with his wife, April Dawn Storm. She is taking a break from working in real estate as she waits to deliver their first child any day now. “We met 13 years ago on Chestnut Street. I was working at Peet’s coffee while in culinary school, and she was working at City Optix. We happened to both be smoking out in front of the shops when she stuck her tongue out at me and I ignored her. We’ve been in love ever since.” Kapur shared his list of favored San Francisco Bay Area eating and drinking spots.
Food Shopping Favorites
San Rafael farmers’ market on Sundays. I go to the Ferry Building every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but San Rafael is different. A bit more relaxed (maybe because I’m not working) and I can really take time and talk to the farmers at a more civilized pace.