Main content starts here, tab to start navigating
Photo of Craig Koketsu

Craig Koketsu


Craig Koketsu is chef-partner Quality Branded in New York City. The group is comprised of established restaurants including the flagship Smith & Wollensky location, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats and Quality Italian. Chef Koketsu began his culinary career in California after graduating from U.C. Berkeley and would serve as the private event's chef at Stars Palo Alto under Jeremiah Tower and Joyce Goldstein before moving to New York City to work at Lespinasse under Gray Kunz. When Christian Delouvrier took over as executive chef of Lespinasse, Chef Koketsu remained with the restaurant, ultimately becoming Delouvrier’s chef de cuisine. He opened Quality Meats in 2006, followed by Park Avenue in 2007, which was named among the top best new restaurants of 2007 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The New York Observer; Quality Italian in 2013 and Quality Meats Miami Beach in 2015.