Culinary Masters 2016: John Becker

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Michael White, New York’s maestro of Italian cuisine, appreciates the freewheeling creativity of John Becker.  

When John Becker flew to New York City for his Culinary Masters Competition dinner, he packed four big boxes with California ingredients: Fuyu persimmons, matsutake mushrooms, Brussels sprouts from Half Moon Bay, Mendocino nori, and turnips still clumped with Santa Cruz soil. As the chef de cuisine at the Progress in San Francisco, Becker is particula…

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