Hailing from outside Spokane, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, Chad busted his chops in the grinds of his Naval kitchen and went on to absorb knowledge and technique in great kitchens throughout San Diego (Hotel Del Coronado, Doubletree Golf Resort, Roseville, Sea Rocket Bistro).
After years of conducting pop-up dinners and catering elite events throughout the U.S., Chad wanted more. His travels and explorations throughout Mexico, and especially Baja California, with great chef friends like Javier Plascencia, Miguel Angel Guerrero and Diego Hernandez, inspired Chad to open La Justina in Tijuana and Común Taqueria in San Diego. In these two acclaimed eateries, Chad has let his culinary imagination run free, utilizing the fresh ingredients and flavors he loves from the region.
Común Kitchen & Tavern
Común Kitchen & Tavern, a neighborhood restaurant in the East Village area of downtown San Diego, opened summer of 2014. With Chef Chad White at the helm, he has created a communal environment bringing the Baja California spirit north.
La Justina Gastro Bar
In Tijuana, México, Chef's Chad White and Marco Rodriguez at La Justina are elevating Mexican cuisine with fresh, creative cocktails paired with tasty Baja-inspired small plates. With all there is to see on the colorful and eclectic Avenida Revolución, you might just stroll right on by the entrance to La Justina. But foodies from both side of the border have made it their mission to find this place, and for good reason.