Originally from Belgium, Pascal is a wild food, outdoor/self-reliance instructor and author in Los Angeles. He has dedicated the past 12 years to studying traditional food preservation methods and wild food in the Southern California region and integrating them into a sustainable lifestyle. He has been featured in numerous publications and shows including ABC News, NBC and LA Times. You can learn more about Pascal and the classes he offers at http://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/.
Culinary Arts Kids Eat is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to enrich, engage and educate students through practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the culinary arts and the restaurant and hospitality industry. Through C.A.K.E.’s programs, youth are empowered to enter the workforce and to become ambassadors of health and wellness to their families and communities.
Tricia learned the craft of culinary cocktails from amazing chefs and bar business geniuses across SoCal. Since 2011 she has served as Southern California Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits where she is honored to work with a diverse community of professionals. Recent bar programs include Susan Feniger’s STREET, The Villains Tavern, Shutters on the Beach and Red O by Rick Bayless.
As the LA Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle oversees the testing of all recipes that are in The Times. In addition, she writes feature stories for The Times, the “Daily Dish” blog and the “Culinary SOS” column that gives readers their favorite recipes from restaurants and bakeries. She is also a contributor to Splendid Table. (Photo: Marie Astrid Gonzalez)
A native Californian, Jeff has embraced all his home state has to offer. His culinary experiences run from Spain’s El Bulli to Yountville’s The French Laundry before striking out on his own to develop Farmshop. Throughout his career, Jeff has cultivated relationships with farmers and artisan producers and with Farmshop he has created an arena to showcase their labors.
Michael is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Providence, in L.A., where his cooking celebrates his passion for all things seafood. The chef and the restaurant have earned national accolades that include several James Beard Award nominations and two highly coveted Michelin stars. In 2013 he opened Connie and Ted’s, named in honor of his grandparents. (Photo: Jennifer Kelley Lublin )
A Los Angeles native, Josiah is a two-star Michelin chef and owner of the highly acclaimed Mélisse Restaurant in Santa Monica and co-owner of Lemon Moon Café in West L.A. He has been featured on various TV food shows and in numerous national food publications. His first cookbook, “In Pursuit of Excellence” was named Best Cookbook by the Independent Book Publishers Association.
As one of L.A.’s top mixologists, Julian has crafted cocktails for Comme Ça, David Myers’ Sona, John Sedlar’s Rivera and more. He received the 2010 Rising Star Award and The Jimmy Barela Award for his 1800 Tequila Cocktail. Julian also helped open Las Perlas in downtown L.A.
Alex is a former Death & Co bartender now co-owner, and the co-owner, with David Kaplan of Proprietors LLC. He and David also own and operate Honeycut in Los Angeles and Nitecap and 151 in New York City.
Jonathan is an LA Times restaurant critic and author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. Previously, he was a restaurant critic for L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles, Gourmet and California magazines. Jonathan has won seven James Beard Awards for his reviews and in 2007 was the first food writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. (Photo: Marie Astrid Gonzalez)
Betty is a deputy editor at the LA Times. She writes and edits food articles in the Saturday section and helms the “Find” restaurant review column. Formerly, she worked in the LA Times Business section and for the Wall Street Journal in New York. (Photo: Marie Astrid Gonzalez)
Karen’s pastry career began not far from home at the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, she quickly became a pastry chef at the venerable Spago Hollywood and Spago Beverly Hills, where she also met her future husband, Quinn. The Hatfields opened Hatfield’s in 2006, which achieved a Michelin star in 2008, and The Sycamore Kitchen in 2012. Their next project, Odys & Penelope, opens in Fall 2014.
As Chef de Cuisine of The French Laundry, Timothy led the kitchen in the evolution of its world-renowned cuisine. With nearly 12 years at the restaurant, he exemplified Thomas Keller’s commitment to mentorship and personal development. In 2013, he left The French Laundry, signing on as Chef Partner at the standalone restaurant adjacent to the Broad Museum in downtown L.A., slated to open in 2015.
Michael began his culinary career in New York City, dropping out of culinary school to do extended stages at acclaimed restaurants Daniel and Aquavit. He followed his heart to San Francisco and joined the James Beard Award-winning team at Jardiniere before going on to other Bay Area restaurants. In December of 2013, Michael became Executive Chef of downtown L.A.’s Faith & Flower.
In 2012, Orange County-born C.J. staged at the world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, working closely with acclaimed chef René Redzepi in the innovation-driven test kitchen. In July 2013 he opened his own restaurant, Girasol, in Studio City. His craft is best described as ‘rustic-refined’ and revolves around a profound respect for the hyper-seasonal, local, and wild ingredients he brings into his kitchen.
Belgian-born Daniel graduated from the Culinary Institute of Brussels in 1986 and trained at some of the finest, Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Since coming to the U.S. he worked at Restaurant Million in South Carolina and has been elected as a brand ambassador for Stella Artois. He now owns Mirabelle Restaurant and hosts cooking demos and seminars for the Belgium beer Heritage nationwide.
While taking a break after graduating from college, Roxana found herself baking a tarte tatin in the tiny kitchen of a local bistro. Her fate was sealed. Over the next ten years she held tenures at highly acclaimed restaurants including Campanile, Bastide, Lucques, AOC and Clarklewis. Since 2011, she owns and operates Cooks County in the heart of L.A., where she’s also the head baker.
Bruce Kalman is a well-seasoned chef with numerous accolades, including a James Beard nomination for Rising Star Chef, a “Chopped” championship title and a recent win on Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight.” Bruce now continues his culinary journey as Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Union in Pasadena where he creates rustic yet elegant menus that bring his guests together in a perfect union.
David is the founder and owner of Death & Co, and the co-owner, with Alex Day of Proprietors LLC, a full-service hospitality company. He and Alex also own and operate Honeycut in Los Angeles and Nitecap and 151 in New York City.
Thomas Keller is the only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide. Other accolades include The Culinary Institute of America’s “Chef of the Year” award and the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur” awards. Among his many acclaimed restaurants are The French Laundry in Yountville, Per Se in New York City, and Bouchon and Bar Bouchon in Beverly Hills. (Photo: Deborah Jones)
Jessica worked in pastry at the James Beard Award-winning Bacchanalia in Atlanta. Upon returning to California, she was attracted to the diversity of local produce. She started Sqirl, a preserve company that focuses on using produce from family-owned farms that practice sustainable, certified organic methods. Sqirl, the acclaimed chef-driven breakfast and lunch restaurant followed, which LA Weekly placed at #9 and LA Magazine slotted as the #7 best restaurant in Los Angeles for 2014.
Margaux has spent 15 years in the fine dining and hospitality industry in Southern California, New York and Philadelphia. She graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and teaches a wine course at San Diego State University.
Before becoming Faith & Flower’s chief mixologist, Michael helped open the James Beard-nominated Restaurant 1833 in Monterey and Rose.Rabbit.Lie in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In 2013, he was named as one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30″ and San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 5 Bar Stars. His cocktails have been featured in GQ, Robb Report, Wine Enthusiast and many other publications.
Steve joined the LA Times staff in 2001 after four years at Time Inc in New York. His work has won many national journalism awards and he is the author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, An Unlikely Friendship, and The Redemptive Power of Music. Steve is married, has two sons and a daughter.
After honing his craft in Europe, America and Australia, Vincenzo took his passion for mixology to Providence in Hollywood. The next venue for his cocktail philosophy was Santa Monica’s Copa d’Oro where his approach to natural, market-fresh drinks is unique to Los Angeles, and continues to garner praise as one of the only serious cocktail bars on the Westside.
Melisa has devoted her life to exposing people to fresh, healthy and delicious food — and to making that food accessible in every neighborhood. She is the president of Culinary Arts Kids Eat (C.A.K.E.), a philanthropic nonprofit formed to enrich, engage and educate students through the culinary arts. She has co-owned four L.A. restaurants and is currently part of the creative team at Nic’s Beverly Hills.
Ira has worked in retail, as a sommelier and, since 1983, at Southern Wine & Spirits as Director of Education and Events. In 1999, he became a Certified Wine Educator with the Society of Wine Educators. He holds a diploma from the Bordeaux Wine School, is a certified International Bordeaux Educator and is a certified Cognac Educator. He is a past President of the Society of Wine Educators.
Russ has been an LA Times food editor and columnist for 20 years. He wrote the cookbooks How to Read a French Fry (a finalist for two Julia Child cookbook awards) and How to Pick a Peach (named one of the best 100 books in 2007 by Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon). In 2008, Russ was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage.” (Photo: Marie Astrid Gonzalez)
Born and raised in Pasadena by her hardworking chef mother, Amelia’s enthusiasm for the culinary arts eventually led her to the Hudson Valley for an apprenticeship at Fleisher’s Meats. Soon after, her eyes were opened to the issues of factory farming. She dug deep into the facts as a journalist and an academic, and became committed to teaching America how to eat. She puts this experience to work as co-owner of Lindy & Grundy, her sustainable butcher shop in Los Angeles.
French Wine Import Manager for Southern California for Southern Wine & Spirits, Stewart has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years. Among the many accolades he has earned, he is a Level 2 Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), Certified Wine Educator (Society of Wine Educators, CWE) and French Wine Scholar (The French Wine Society, FWS).
An internationally renowned chef, bestselling author, and the 2013 VegNews Person of the Year, Tal has pioneered an entirely new cuisine that pairs a sophisticated sensibility with a focus on plant-based foods. His newest venture, Crossroads, emphasizes both a refined setting and an exceptional menu, which reflect his belief that healthy eating is a main course, not an afterthought.
Naomi is the Beverage Director at The Spare Room, a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Under her direction, this program is currently nominated for Best American Hotel Bar at the prestigious Spirited Awards. In addition to winning several cocktail competitions, the LA Times has praised her “seriously adept and inventive cocktail craftsmanship.”
In 2011, this Southwest cuisine chef was named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire, and his restaurant, Rivera, received the title of “Best New Restaurants 2011.” In 2012 and 2013, John was nominated for “Best Chef Pacific” by the James Beard Foundation. Currently, he’s developing Museum Tamal, a museum devoted to food in the Latin world.
Nancy is the co-owner of Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and Chi Spacca in L.A. She also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery and Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades. This year she received the highest honor given by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Chef.” (Photo: Tom Caltabiano)
Carole is Vice President, Business Development for Heritage Link Brands a California-based company that imports and markets wine to consumers in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. She is certified, with distinction, by the UK-based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET), travels extensively as a wine educator and serves on the Executive Board of Center Theatre Group Affiliates.
Nina is the official West Coast representative of the Rioja wine region of Spain. She has several wine certifications under her belt, and travels the West educating consumers about the beauty of the Rioja region and its wines.
Ari is the chef and owner of Alma in downtown Los Angeles, which has received nummerous accolades including being named in 2013 by Bon Appetit as “The Best New Restaurant in America.” Previously, he worked at flour+water, Bar Tartine, Plate Shop and La Chassagnette. LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold reviewed Alma and wrote, “Nobody is cooking quite like this in L.A. at the moment.
Melding kitchen ingenuity and immaculate technique with his distinct Peruvian flair, Ricardo serves as an ambassador of Peruvian cuisine in the U.S. and has earned praise from critics across the country. The 2011, Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” made waves with his modern Peruvian food at his L.A. restaurants Picca and Mo-chica. He opened his third establishment, Paichẽ, in April 2013 and in November, 2013 Zarate branched outside of Los Angeles for the first time, opening his fourth restaurant Blue Tavern in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.