2019 Chefs

Jonathan De Paz


Washington, DC

Saturday, March 9th at the Grand Tasting & Auction

Primrose is a French-inspired wine bar from husband-wife team Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter, in partnership with Greg Algie and Nate Beauchamp. Located in Washington, D.C.’s popular Brookland neighborhood, Primrose focuses on small and natural wine producers from France and the United States, with 75 offerings by the bottle and 15 by the glass. Four drafts are available in addition to a selection of specialty cocktails. Food at Primrose will focus on French bistro classics such as coq au vin, steak frites, beef bourguignon, and French onion soup as well as charcuterie and cheese plates.

Born in Guatemala and raised in New Jersey, he started cooking out of necessity with his grandmother and decided to go professional by age 17. “Culinary school helps a lot, but I didn’t have the financial means to do it,” says de Paz. “My mother always told me , ‘If you want to do something, you gotta just do it.’ So i had to suck it up and figure it out, and lucky for me, I got an apprenticeship at Le Bec-Fin.”

De Paz earned a cooking position at the famed Philadelphia restaurant (now closed), and then moved on to work a poissonier (fish cook) at The Peacock Inn in New Jersey. He then trained in top kitchens on both coasts, including Daniel, the French Laundry, and a two year stint at Manhattan sister restaurants Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad. He came to DC as a sous-chef at the no-shuttered Shaw Bijou.