Chef’s Circle

Chef's Circle

VARTAN ABGARYAN

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Vartan Abgaryan began his career late compared to most in the field. At the age of 20, his hunger for food and love for cooking lead him to the kitchen…

NYESHA ARRINGTON

Nyesha Arrington

Chef Nyesha J Arrington has absolutely adored the kitchen since she was just a little girl...

BURT BAKMAN

Burt Bakman

They say the best barbecue takes time — and the story of SLAB is years in the making…

GINO CAMPAGNA

Gino Campagna

A native of Parma, Italy, Gino Campagna is a cookbook author, culinary instructor, brand ambassador, TV and web personality.

MICHAEL CIMARUSTI

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At his much acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Providence, Co-owner and Chef Michael Cimarusti has created elegant and contemporary seafood-centric…

JOSIAH CITRIN

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Josiah Citrin is a culinary expert and veteran of Los Angeles’ gourmet dining scene, with more than 25 years of experience. He is a two-star Michelin chef…

TONY ESNAULT

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Executive Chef Tony Esnault brings the light and sophisticated cuisine of Southern France to Spring, his latest collaboration with…

CHRIS FELDMEIER

Chef Chris Feldmeier

Christopher Feldmeier began cooking as a child when he simply asked his mother to make breakfast…

SUSAN FENIGER

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Susan Feniger is a celebrated chef, author, and entrepreneur. Her professional collaboration with Mary Sue Milliken has led…

TRAVIS FLOOD

Chef Travis Flood

With more than 25 years of experience managing kitchens from Michelin-starred fine-dining establishments…

RAPHAEL FRANCOIS

Chef Francois

Raphael Francois brings more than 20 years of culinary experience, both in the United States and abroad, to Tesse.

NEAL FRASER

Chef Neal Fraser

Neal Fraser, chef and owner of multiple restaurant concepts in Los Angeles, started his career in the kitchen at age 20…

RAY GARCIA

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As a native Angeleno, Ray Garcia draws his culinary inspiration from the city’s rich culture, Southern California’s produce…

DUFF GOLDMAN

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Duff has been cooking since the age of four, when his mom caught him in the kitchen swinging around a meat cleaver while watching…

VALERIE GORDON

Valerie Gordon

Valerie Gordon’s business acumen and warm, entertaining charm lend themselves to her extensive brand, including the flagship retail boutique Valerie Confections…

DAVE HISTED

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Chef Dave Histed is Executive Chef of Pavilions and whose cooking style merges elements of both modern science and classic tradition…

WILFRID HOCQUET

Chef Wilfrid Hocquet

At Georgie, chef Wilfrid Hocquet imbues his native Southern France into the ethos, creating a menu that intertwines French Mediterranean…

TED HOPSON

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Inspired by Co-Owner and Executive Chef Ted Hopson’s own nostalgic memories of cheerful family meals, The Bellwether…

BRUCE KALMAN

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Bruce Kalman’s Northern Italian cooking style embraces the diverse and abundant produce of California to create exquisitely balanced…

FERN KEWATHATIP and NOREE PLA

Fern Kewathatip and Noree Pla

Luv2Eat Thai Bistro comes from chefs Fern Kewathatip and Noree Pla, who are both originally from Phuket, Thailand…

JESSICA LARGEY

Chef Jessica Largey

Growing up near Los Angeles in Ventura County, surrounded by agriculture, Largey developed an appreciation for farming alongside…

LUDO LEFEBVRE

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Chef Ludo Lefebvre celebrates 20 years of cooking in Los Angeles this year. He’s one of the city’s most influential chefs…

WALTER MANZKE

Chef Walter Manske

Walter Manzke’s love of food began early, as a child growing up in San Diego surrounded by freshly-grown fruits and…

MARY SUE MILLIKEN

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A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue is most notably…

PEARL DISTRICT

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Pearl District Restaurant is a collaboration between owner, Peyman Afshar, and executive chef, Richard DeMane…

CHRISTENA QUINN

Chef Christena Quinn

DTLA bar and restaurant Brack Shop Tavern has quickly become a neighborhood staple since opening in September 2016…

STEVE SAMSON

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Chef Steve Samson spent his childhood summers in Bologna, Italy alongside his mother and grandmother in the kitchen…

ADAM SOBEL

Chef Adam Sobel

Adam first discovered his love of cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen when he was four years old. Every week, he would join Nonna Louise Ferrara (“Nana Lu”) …

TRAVIS STRICKLAND

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Marking his first foray onto the Los Angeles dining scene at Baltaire, Travis Strickland has crafted a contemporary menu…

YOYA TAKAHASHI

Chef Yoya Takahashi

Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Executive Sushi Chef Yoya Takahashi moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an actor…

KRISTEN THIBEAULT

Kristen Thibeault

Co-Founder & Executive Chef, Kristen Thibeault, established premium corporate food service, Nybll in 2015…

ANDY TICER AND MICHAEL HUDMAN

Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman

Born and bred Memphians, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman opened Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in 2008…

BENJAMIN UDAVE

Benjamin Udave

Born in the heart of southern California, Benjamin grew up in a humble and hard working household where home cooked meals…

MARCEL VIGNERON

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Marcel Vigneron has dedicated his life to gastronomy and honing his skills as a chef. He’s an
artisan who has an affinity for…

JOHNNY RAY ZONE

Johnny Ray Zone

A California native, Johnny Ray Zone began his culinary career as an apprentice, working as a garde manger at Figaro Bistrot in Los Feliz.

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