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Chef Holden Jagger

Co-Founder of Altered Plates

Ganjier, chef and cultivator Holden Jagger has a long, passionate relationship with both cooking and cannabis. After over a decade working in some of California’s top kitchens (Maude, Soho House, Craft), award-winning Chef Holden decided to follow his heart back to his garden in early 2016.

As a cultivator, Holden has a unique relationship to the plant as an ingredient, and as a ganjier, he is an expert at matching the flavors in hemp and cannabis with the flavors in food. As a chef who cultivates, Holden also has access to the plant at many stages of its growth, and truly believes in looking at cannabis as a vegetable and exploring inventive uses for the non-psychoactive parts of the plant. His culinary explorations often end up on Altered Plates menus, ranging from pollen-topped seared scallops and fermented leaf dolmas.

In the infused space, Holden is careful to offer fine-tuned dosage through a variety of techniques. He is also a passionate advocate for CBD and is on a quest to continue exploring the other cannabinoids in cannabis and their use in the culinary arts.

Awards include: Green State’s Top Ten Cannabis Chefs in the Country; 2017 Award of Excellence. Zagat 30 Under 30. Featured at the James Beard House on May 15, 2019. Follow him on Instagram @ChefHoldenJagger and email him at