Kyle Connaughton is a chef, culinary educator, cookbook author, and co-founder of the culinary science development firm Pilot R+D. Along with his wife and farmer Katina Connaughton, he opened SingleThread in Healdsburg, CA in December 2016. SingleThread received a four-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle and is the first and only three Michelin-starred restaurant in Sonoma County. In 2018, SingleThread was bestowed the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ “Miele One to Watch” Award. In 2020, the Michelin Guide honored SingleThread with a coveted Green Star recognizing restaurants’ efforts in gastronomic sustainability. This inaugural award marked the guide’s first year to acknowledge restaurants’ sustainable practices. SingleThread was ranked #37 in 2021 and #50 in 2022 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant.
Awards. Kyle co-developed the curriculum for the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) bachelor’s degree in Culinary Science and was appointed to its Advisory Committee. The CIA presented him with an honorary doctorate for his important contributions in December 2022.