Everyone and their mother has seen a Visit California commercial over the years, in which the tourism board parades the many celebrities who live in the Golden State to brag about why you should drop everything and flock here.
The 2017 spot, themed to “Living the Dream,” includes big names like actress Anna Faris, retired NBA player Magic Johnson, and ... drum roll please ... San Francisco’s very own chef Corey Lee! Lee, who owns three-Michelin-starred Benu, critically acclaimed In Situ, and French favorite Monsieur Benjamin, appears in the ad, below, at the :16 mark, setting a table made up for 200 guests to enjoy a sunset dinner at Davenport Beach in Santa Cruz. He’s rocking a Benu-labeled shirt while sarcastically nailing the line, “Same old, same old.”
The commercial started broadcasting in the U.S. this month, and is also being shown in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and China. So not only is Lee a three-Michelin-starred superstar here at home, but he’ll also soon be known internationally as the double threat, debonair guy pouring water in California. Take a look below.