Chef Greg Lutes opened 3rd Cousin in late 2015 with the support of the loyal community he built through his Kinfolk pop-up series. Lutes presents his rustic yet elegant take on California cuisine from the open kitchen of his 40-seat debut restaurant, creating a cozy atmosphere that will make you feel like a treasured guest at a friend’s dinner party.
Lutes fell in love with cooking at a young age in his 350-person farm community of Malden, Illinois, and was quickly on a fast track that would take him to the kitchens of some of the top restaurants in the country. Following a stint under renowned French Chef Jean Joho at Chicago’s Everest, Lutes garnered accolades as Executive Chef at Michelin-recognized Courtright's and at Les Deux Autres, named one of the best new restaurants of the year by Chicago Magazine. Lutes also spent time under Chef Daniel Boulud at his New York restaurant before holding the Executive Chef role at Waterfront, Skates on the Bay, and Lot 7 in San Francisco.
With dishes that fuse familiar favorites with unexpected, fresh flavors, Lutes is one of the chefs quietly turning Bernal Heights into a culinary hotspot.