Tim Slifer was born in Rome, Italy. Starting his life in such a food centric city, he jokes that he acquired his love for cooking through osmosis. While studying at SF State University, he worked at a small cafe where he acquired fundamental cooking skills.
Taking a break from school, he moved to the Napa Valley and earned a job at Domaine Chandon’s restaurant under Phillipe Jeanty, setting the bar for the rest of his career. He has worked in many restaurants all over the bay area including; Oliveto’s, Zuni Cafe, Star’s Restaurant and Chez Panisse.