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One of America’s Top Chefs Is Leaving His Three-Star Restaurant

David Kinch’s last day at Manresa in Silicon Valley will mark the end of an era.

David Kinch in the kitchen at Manresa. 

David Kinch in the kitchen at Manresa. 

Photographer: Marc Fiorito

When David Kinch’s Manresa opened 20 years ago, the Bay Area restaurant helped pioneer a generation of casually luxurious fine dining in Northern California that belies the immense amount of effort—and staff—working behind the scenes.

Now Kinch has announced he will leave his three-Michelin-star establishment at the end of the year, at a time when the future of that kind of labor-intensive service is uncertain.