Bestia’s Ori Menashe Honored as Food & Wine Best New Chef

Carlos Salgado of Costa Mesa’s Taco Maria also makes the 2015 list

It’s hard to imagine Bestia—already one of the city’s buzziest restaurants—getting any more popular, but chef Ori Menashe has just received a major honor that will no doubt raise his Arts District restaurant’s national profile. This morning, Menashe was announced as one of Food & Wine magazine’s 2015 Best New Chefs.

The chef, known for Bestia’s on-point pastas and pizzas, as well as his mastery of butchery and charcuterie, joins a 2015 list that also tapped Carlos Salgado of Costa Mesa’s Taco Maria. This is one of the top national honors for on-the-rise chefs, a title that has previously been given to such luminaries as Nancy Silverton, Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and numerous others who’ve made a lasting mark on L.A.’s dining scene.

In its write-up of Menashe, Food & Wine called the chef a “meat virtuoso: Bestia’s menu offers more than 60 forms of sensational house-made charcuterie in addition to impeccable pastas and pizza.”

Menashe, who was born in L.A. but largely raised in Israel, is now working to open a Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District.