Born in 1959, Jonathan Eismann was always interested in Asian influenced food, particularly with a French sensibility. After graduating from the CIA, he worked as a chef at Acute Café in New York City, then went on to head some of the hottest restaurants of the 1980’s, including Baton’s Fandango, Mondial, China Grill, and Busby’s. He consulted for restaurants in New York City and Miami Beach including The Strand, 720 Ocean, and a Fish Called Avalon, where he met his partners for Pacific Time.
When he opened Pacific Time with Yves Picot and Jean-Paul Picot in 1993, it took only one year to be recognized as one of the Best Restaurants in South Florida. In January 1996 the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Jonathan for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South series.
He went on to open a second restaurant, Pacific Heights, in 1996 and several more thereafter, but an unfortunate accident in 2012 forced him to retire from the kitchens.