Founded in 2016 by brother-sister team Chef Holden Jagger and Rachel Burkons, Altered Plates is a Los Angeles-based creative culinary collective that brings together cannabis, food, beverage and good old fashioned hospitality. From private pairing dinners and fine dining experiences, to CBD mocktails and brand education, Altered Plates is leading California's modern culinary industry into the future through education and high-end custom events and activations.

In 2018, Altered Plates consulted on one of the eight winning consumption lounge licenses in the City of West Hollywood. Altered Plates offers expert consulting services regarding onsite consumption in West Hollywood and beyond.

Chef Holden Jagger

Chef Holden Jagger

about chef holden jagger

Ganjier, chef and cultivator Holden Jagger has a long, passionate relationship with both cooking and cannabis. After over a decade working in some of California‚Äôs top kitchens (Maude, Soho House, Craft), award-winning Chef Holden decided to follow his heart back to his garden in early 2016. 

As a cultivator, Holden has a unique relationship to the plant as an ingredient, and as a ganjier, he is an expert at matching the flavors in hemp and cannabis with the flavors in food. As a chef who cultivates, Holden also has access to the plant at many stages of its growth, and truly believes in looking at cannabis as a vegetable and exploring inventive uses for the non-psychoactive parts of the plant. His culinary explorations often end up on Altered Plates menus, ranging from pollen-topped seared scallops and fermented leaf dolmas..

In the infused space, Holden is careful to offer fine-tuned dosage through a variety of techniques. He is also a passionate advocate for CBD and is on a quest to continue exploring the other cannabinoids in cannabis and their use in the culinary arts. 

Awards include: Green State's Top Ten Cannabis Chefs in the Country; 2017 Award of Excellence. Zagat 30 Under 30. Featured at the James Beard House on May 15, 2019. Follow him on Instagram @ChefHoldenJagger and email him at


Rachel Burkons

Rachel Burkons

After a decade in the wine and spirits industry, Rachel is passionate about hospitality, and looks to translate values of high-end hostessing to the cannabis industry and her work with Altered Plates. With connections to the chefs, mixologists and sommelier tastemakers across the country and as the cannabis editor for national publication The Clever Root, and the VP/Associate Publisher for sister publications The Tasting Panel and The SOMM Journal, Rachel is one of the leading voices in exploring the connection between food, drink and lifestyle with cannabis. 

Rachel works closely with Holden on menu development, oversees the Altered Plates beverage program, and is the person responding to all of the emails. Rachel sits on the Advisory board for the Wine and Weed Symposium. Follow her on Instagram @SmokeSipSavor, visit her website at, and email her at