Executive Chef + Founder of Lemonade
Executive Chef Alan Jackson is the founder and vision behind Lemonade, the hugely popular group of California based fast-casual restaurants. Chef Jackson gets back to basics enticing Californians with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jackson—who firmly solidified his stature among the harbingers of California cuisine when he helmed Jackson’s and The Farm Beverly Hills—left the fine dining scene to launch his first Lemonade in West Hollywood in 2008. The idea for Lemonade sprouted from the ongoing question, “what’s for dinner?” He and his wife, Co-Founder Heidi Jackson, realized that the options for a quick bite or take-out were limited, and not particularly healthy. Utilizing vibrant seasonal ingredients to continually evolve his fresh California cuisine, Jackson sought to create a chef-driven, contemporary approach to modern day comfort food.
Now with 28 locations across California—Los Angeles surrounding area, Orange County, San Diego, and most recently San Francisco—Jackson’s confident yet relaxed concept has developed a loyal following and nurtured Lemonade into a bustling business. Alan Jackson recently released The Lemonade Cookbook (St. Martin’s Press) to critical acclaim. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients and a strong value in cooking skills, Jackson shares not only his famous recipes, but also profiles his formula for eating well. Jackson resides with his wife and two daughters in “the Valley”.
Originally from Lake Oswego, Oregon, Ian Olsen is Partner and CDD of Lemonade Restaurant Group, where he focuses on development, store operations, and the restaurant’s unique design. In 2009, chef/founder Alan Jackson and Olsen became operating partners of the California based Lemonade – forging a dynamic relationship that has helped to redefine the fast-casual dining experience for today’s food savvy diners.
Prior to joining Lemonade in 2009, Olsen was VP of Sales & Development for Remote Technologies — a leading end-to-end restaurant management solution built for multi-unit operators and franchiser reporting. Ian Olsen and his wife Kirsten live in Manhattan Beach - in a home they designed - with their three children.