Point Loma native is now culinary director of Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Nathan Coulon
(Courtesy of Jimmy’s Famous American Taverns)

Born into a well-known San Diego restaurant family, Nathan Coulon learned the ropes of the industry from his grandparents.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern named chef Nathan Coulon as its culinary director for all five Southern California restaurants.

Born into a well-known San Diego restaurant family, the Point Loma native began his career under the tutelage of his grandparents, Don and Arlene Coulon, in a nationally recognized restaurant that pioneered French classical and nouvelle cuisine in America’s Finest City. His grandparents taught him everything about the restaurant world, including managing dining room staff.

He progressed in the field honing his craft through various culinary ventures, such as executive chef, manager and co-owner of Modus; and sous chef at The Quarter Kitchen in the Ivy Hotel, where he later was promoted to executive chef. At the urging of brand chef Michael Stebner, Coulon accepted the position of executive chef at Fox Restaurant Group, where he traveled the country opening True Food Kitchen restaurants, eventually becoming manager of culinary standards.

Last year, Coulon helped develop Nolita Hall’s opening menu for Black Swan Hospitality. In his role as the tavern’s culinary director, he will work closely with each outpost’s executive chef, guiding the brand forward with a revamped menu while engaging high standards of sustainability in the kitchen.

The Promenade, 4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma. Other locations: Brea, Dana Point, Santa Monica and Woodland Hills.