Favorite Outdoor Activities for Los Angeles Chefs

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Joe Miller warmed up for TOTNLA with a 100-mile bike ride around Big Bear.


On June 12, Taste of the Nation gathered chefs from nearly 50 of L.A.’s best restaurants at Culver City’s Media Park to help combat childhood hunger. It’s not very often that much culinary firepower coalesces in one place, so I asked, What are your favorite outdoor activities? Their responses might surprise you.

Victor Casanova (Culina)

I like snowboarding, and fishing.

Jeff Cerciello (Farmshop)

I grew up surfing, down in Laguna,. My time on the beach isn’t as prevalent as it was during my time growing up here, but I like to do a lot of stand-up surfing, paddleboard surfing. I enjoy mountain biking and road biking a lot. I trail run. So the outdoors, anything outdoors, I’m all about it.

Tony DiSalvo (Whist)

Cycling is definitely my go-to, just cause it’s something you can do at any time of day, in any weather. You can do it alone, which seems to be my mode.

Ray Garcia (FIG)

I like just going on hikes. Hiking is probably my favorite thing to do if and when I get a day off. That or just hanging out at the beach.

Quinn Hatfield (Hatfield’s)

Karen Hatfield: He cycles about 30 hours a week.

Quinn Hatfield: Yeah, I’m a bike racer, so when I’m not slaving in the kitchen, I’m racing.

Tai Kim (Scoops)

I like to go outside and have a nice cup of coffee at Intelligentsia or LAMILL.

Walter Manzke

I used to mountain bike a lot. I still like it. I don’t do it as much anymore, but it’s still one of my favorite things.

Joe Miller (Joe’s)

Bicycling. I just did the Ride Around the Bear, just yesterday. It was a century bike ride that climbed 10,000 feet around Big Bear. It was great. So that’s what I really love.

Kerry Simon (Simon LA / LA Market)

Snowboarding and hiking.

Shigefumi Tachibe (Chaya)

I love fishing. It’s very nice to separate. I can forget about everything.

Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica / Picca)

I like beach volleyball. I love it. That’s my favorite.

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Joshua Lurie

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btw, other than hiking, I would have probably answered the same way

I don’t think Tai really understood this question hahaha

I like that Tai answered differently. He kind of looks at the world a little differently, or at least ice cream.

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