L.A. Chef-Dads Dish on Their Ideal Father’s Day Gifts

Ori Menashe, Ludo Lefebvre, Walter Manzke, and other L.A. chef-dads lets us in on their ultimate wishlists

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you haven’t picked out a gift for your pops yet, you might want to look to L.A.’s chef-dads for some ideas. We asked a few, and we got some surprising responses—one wants a Kegerator and another just wants some slippers. Oh, dads.

Ori Menashe:
“I would want matching denim aprons for my daughter and me. That way when she is able to hold something, we can cook together.”

Walter Manzke:
“Margarita and I work so much, and in our free time we’re at home with our amazing kids, Nico and newborn baby Olivia. The best Father’s Day gift for me would be a date night at my favorite Japanese restaurant, Urasawa in Beverly Hills. Even though we see each other most days at Republique, we rarely get to spend quality one-on-one time together, so a night with my wife would be the best gift of all.”

Tim Hollingsworth:
“An Apple Watch. In a fast-paced environment, being able to screen calls and check messages without searching for my cell phone is the ultimate gift.”

Jon Shook:
“This year I need shorts. I always ask for what I need. I feel like all my shorts have food stains on them—I’m definitely in need of new ones!”

Vinny Dotolo:
“New pair of slippers. I’m obsessed with slippers and wearing them when I’m home.”

Ludo Lefebvre:
“He wants an outdoor Kegerator for our backyard,” says the chef’s wife Krissy Lefebvre. “Since they don’t have rosé on tap yet, this is the second best option for the California summer. Nothing like an ice-cold beer straight from the tap.”

Kris Morningstar:
The Terrine chef says he would love to get an at-home smoker for the grill to make Texas-style BBQ.