11/01/2013 03:46 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Jonathan Gold | L.A. Restaurant Review: Girasol Reflects Chris Jacobson's Journey -

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If you have spent much time in L.A.'s farmers markets, you have probably run into C.J., Chris Jacobson, an affable chef, tall enough to be an NBA power forward, who seems to know every farmer in town. He worked on the line for a while at the old Campanile, where everybody called him Stretch, and he ran the Yard, a small gastropub in Santa Monica known for its beer list and fish tacos but which he managed to nudge toward fine dining at the end.