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…

TYLER ANDERSON

Tyler Anderson

Tyler was born and raised in Southern California where he began his career as a Chef before moving…

DEAU ARPAPORNNOPPARAT

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Originally from Thailand, Deau Arpapornnopparat opened Holy Basil with partner Joy Yuon…

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…

JASON BEBERMAN

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Jason Beberman is a native New Yorker who traded the subway for a surfboard when he moved to LA…

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…

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…

SANDRA CORDERO

Sandra Cordero

Bio coming soon…

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…

ELIZABETH FALKNER

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Elizabeth Falkner worked her way up in kitchens in San Francisco in the 1990s through 2011…

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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Iconic culinarian, author, and entrepreneur Susan Feniger may be best known for her Modern Mexican concept…

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…

SUZANNE GOIN

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A graduate of Brown University, Suzanne’s background includes positions at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the US…

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…

JEFFREY HAYDEN

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Jeffrey attended Yale University with the hope of becoming a therapist, but his trips to the supermarket would change his path…

EI HIROYOSHI

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He was 19 when he moved to LA from Japan and is passionate about sharing his point of view through the sushi that he creates.

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…

TIMOTHY HOLLINGSWORTH

Timothy Hollingsworth

Timothy Hollingsworth is an American chef and restaurateur. In 2015, he opened Otium, a contemporary American…

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…

JACKSON KALB

Chef Jackson Kalb

Chef Jackson Kalb from season 19 of Top Chef began his apprenticeship at the age of 13 at Melisse in Santa Monica, CA.

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

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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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Throughout a groundbreaking, nearly 40-year career, Mary Sue Milliken finds the key to her success in…

FRANCISCO MORAN

Francisco Moran

Bio coming soon…

NELSON OVERTON

Nelson Overton

Nelson Overton first began learning how to cook as a teenager from his older sister, who was in culinary school at the time…

PEARL DISTRICT

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

PETROSSIAN

Petrossian

Bio coming soon…

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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Steve Samson is chef & owner of Rossoblu and Superfine Pizza, both located in downtown Los Angeles’ City Market South…

NANCY SILVERTON

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Chef Nancy Silverton has worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including…

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…

BROOKE WILLAMSON

Brooke Williamson

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Brooke Williamson has
carved out an impressive résumé…

SHERRY YARD

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Chef Sherry Yard has earned the praise of her critics and peers with multiple accolades including three James Beard Awards…

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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