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Chefs Los Angeles

Interview: Restaurateur Michael McCarty on 40 Years of Michael’s Santa Monica

Michael McCarty opened Michael’s Santa Monica in 1979, helping to signal the rise of seasonal California cuisine, which predated the debut of the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market by two years. He followed that...
Pastry Chef Los Angeles

Interview: pastry chef Margarita Manzke (République + Sari Sari Store)

Margarita Manzke grew up in Manila and first stepped behind a stove at age 7. Despite an early baking experiment that earned jeers from her brothers, she persisted and attended the revered Culinary Institute...
Restaurateurs Los Angeles

Interview: Zoe Nathan + Josh Loeb on Huckleberry 10-Year Anniversary

The seeds for Huckleberry Bakery & Café sprouted in 2008 when pastry chef Zoe Nathan and restaurateur husband Josh Loeb started serving Saturday Morning Breakfasts at sister restaurant Rustic Canyon. Her father would make...
Chef Los Angeles

Interview: chef Jon Yao (Kato Restaurant)

Jon Yao grew up in the eastern San Gabriel Valley town of Walnut and has channeled Taiwanese-American upbringing and uniquely Angeleno influences into his personal cooking. He launched tiny Kato in the back corner...
Restaurateur Santa Barbara

Interview: Santa Barbara restaurateur Sherry Villanueva (Acme Hospitality)

Santa Barbara based Acme Hospitality now runs so many different concepts that it’s been a challenge to keep their website up to date. At last check, they didn’t account for Tyger Tyger (fast casual...
Chef Los Angeles

Interview: chef Charles Olalia (Ma’am Sir + Ricebar)

Charles Olalia is a talented chef with fine-dining background who downsized after leading teams at top L.A. kitchens like Patina and Mar’sel. Now he’s combining his Filipino heritage with finely honed technique at his...