| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:49 PM
I was chatting on the phone with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller last week when I complained that it seemed like ages since we’d had a chance to just hang out and talk. “Hey, we’re going to be doing the L.A. Food and Wine Festival on...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:57 AM
"Top Chef" season 11 kicked off Wednesday night in a swamp. There were alligators, frogs, a video of Padma Lakshmi dancing in the streets and Emeril Lagasse with a box of beignets. Oh yeah, this season's in New Orleans.
The winning prizes are still the...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:22 PM
Hong Kong’s fancy restaurants are overrated. Germany’s, on the other hand, don’t get enough credit. The best sushi restaurant in Japan looks like a utility closet in a parking garage. Modernist cooking is “Harry Potter cooking.&...
| Dec 14, 2013
If you dine regularly in Los Angeles' Italian restaurants, you have probably lived through the fresh-pasta wars, the head cheese skirmishes and the incursion of the massive T-bones. We have not yet quite climbed out of the charred rubble of the wood-fired...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills will celebrate the restaurant's 30th anniversary with a special two-night event. Michelin-star chef Kuniaki Kozuka, from the original Chaya in Japan, will visit the kitchen Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 for a collaboration dinner...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 11:13 AM
Sea Harbour is one of the two or three best Hong Kong-style restaurants in the Los Angeles area, a comfortable dining room with impeccable live seafood and deft interpretations of Chinese luxury dishes. If you were looking for bird’s nest, braised...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:17 PM
Oh, to have pockets lined with gold. And an extra-large bib. Because there are a couple of food events coming up that, though extremely pricey, would tempt even the most abstemious.
First, Piero Selvaggio is going all in for truffles at Valentino in...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Manresa’s David Kinch is one of the most celebrated chefs in California, but unless you’ve found a reason to be in the little town of Los Gatos, outside of San Jose, you’ve probably never had a chance to taste his food.
| Nov 16, 2013
When I worked at a local alternative weekly in the 1980s, one of the editors instituted an informal ban on the phrase "on acid" in reviews because the locution was clichéd and because it was so hard to figure out what a chocolate mousse on acid might...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that seats just 45 at lunch and dinner and was ranked best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine three years running (2010, 2011 and 2012), is moving to Tokyo for two months at the beginning of 2015.
In a note...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 6:01 PM
When Per Se, Thomas Keller's three-Michelin-star restaurant in New York, was hit with health code violations last month that threatened its A letter grade, the culinary world was taken aback. A restaurant from one of the world's best chefs where dinner...