Chef Grant MacPherson Unveils Rustica

Rustica, an exclusive new restaurant by award-winning Chef Grant MacPherson, will debut at Fashion Island in June. MacPherson’s wealth of international culinary experience will bring authentic regional cooking techniques and a blend of seasonal California foods to Fashion Island, one of Southern California’s favorite dining destinations.

After being involved in more than 50 acclaimed restaurants and dining concepts worldwide, MacPherson is returning to his first passion – cooking – with the opening of Rustica. A true chef at heart, MacPherson will focus on a menu of creativity, refinement and elegance with fresh, high quality, seasonal foods.

“I believe in providing our guests with the ultimate dining experience,” said MacPherson. “At Rustica, I will be very involved in the cuisine, from executing the farm to table concept, to offering unparalleled service and personal interaction with the customers. I want our guests to feel at home and to feel like family and friends.”

The same menu, featuring modern Italian-inspired cuisine, will be featured at lunch and dinner. Rustica will offer homemade soups, unique salads, wood-fired flatbreads, hand-crafted pastas, seasonal fish, wet-aged beef, and exceptional gelato made daily. Signature items will include Tuna Nicoise, Golden Beet Salad, Peppered Beef Carpaccio, Oven Roasted Pacific Fennel Salmon, and Maine Lobster and Asparagus Risotto.

“Chef MacPherson has long been a major player in the restaurant business on the domestic and international stages, but Rustica is the first restaurant that will carry his name” said Keith Eyrich, President of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “With Grant’s attention to detail and quality, Rustica will be a wonderful addition to Fashion Island’s collection of fine restaurants.”

“Because of our track record for success, Fashion Island continues to be a top location choice for restaurants,” Eyrich continued. “Rustica is representative of our move to feature independent, chef-driven restaurants that showcase culinary excellence.”

Eyrich notes that as part of Fashion Island’s $100 million reinvestment, more restaurants with patio dining will be featured throughout the center.

“Our guests love to dine outdoors and choose Fashion Island over places that can’t offer this amenity,” Eyrich said.

Other notable restaurants that debuted at Fashion Island include the first-ever locations of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and R&D Kitchen, and the first California locations of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine and P.F. Chang’s.

At 3,700 square feet, Rustica will have a casual and inviting atmosphere, with patio dining adjacent to Fashion Island’s new Nordstrom Court and elegant Italian-inspired fountain. The restaurant is located next to Nordstrom and can be reached at (949) 706-8282.

In addition to Rustica opening in June, Fashion Island also previously announced that Fox Restaurant Concepts will open it first California location of True Food Kitchen this summer. An acclaimed Phoenix-based restaurant, True Food Kitchen has a diverse menu created by best-selling healthy-living author Dr. Andrew Weil that focuses on high quality, locally-sourced ingredients that taste great.

About Chef Grant MacPherson

A native of Scotland, MacPherson has cooked several times in the famed James Beard house in New York, and has cooked alongside culinary stars such as Joel Robuchon, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Thomas Keller and the late Jean Louis Palladin. He has also created menus for royalty, heads of state, and other international elite at prestigious hotels and charity galas around the world. Margaret Thatcher, George W. Bush, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Julia Roberts and others have enjoyed his cuisine.

MacPherson was a Gold Medalist at the 1992 Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany, and has directed prestigious resort kitchens on five continents, including The Regent, Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, Malaysia’s Datai Hotel, and the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. He also serves as a consultant and Executive Chef for Viking Range Corporation, developing products, conducting culinary events and has authored a cookbook with Viking, to be published this summer.

MacPherson’s vast experience also includes being Executive Chef for the esteemed Steve Wynn Organization, where he set the bar in high caliber dining and garnered numerous accolades for The Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau. Under MacPherson’s direction, each Wynn resort received Five Diamond AAA Awards, Forbes Five Star Awards and Michelin Guides Five Red Pavilions Awards.

About Fashion Island

As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience, Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a wide assortment of restaurants and cafés. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s. For more information, please visit