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Chefs of the Year: Three Others to Thank for That Memorable Meal

“Cooking is a valid art form. I really feel like I’m supporting the arts.”

Connect the Pots

It’s a small, small world for L.A.’s premier chefs. Here’s who worked with whom and where

The Asian Ambassador: Kris Yenbamroong

Fermented pork sausage, catfish “tamales” wrapped in banana leaf, the “Thai style” dose of chilis and three-liter Chang beer “towers” straight off Khao San Road—we love it all

The Big Boys: Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo

They’re on the front lines of the foie gras battle, unifiers of the local chef community, and proof that nose-to-tail is not a fad

The Bridge Builder: Josiah Citrin

This graduate of SaMo High credits a dish of scallops with lime at City Café in the early ’80s as his teenage epiphany

The Comfort Master: Ernesto Uchimura

The former Umami Burger executive chef has shown he’s no one-trick toque, devising quirky classics we suddenly can’t do without

The East L.A. Emperor: Ricardo Diaz

In the past few years Diaz and his business partner, Armanda De La Torre, have been behind some of the city’s most exciting Mexican restaurants

The Everyday Gourmet: Suzanne Goin

She’s no newbie to best chef lists, but the SoCal cuisine queen has wooed us all over again by knowing that sometimes we just need a sandwich

The Friends of the Farm: Daniel Mattern & Roxana Jullapat

The husband-and-wife team—formerly of Ammo—reminds us why the farm-to-table ethos is nearly compulsory these days

The Fusion Artist: Bryant Ng

Initially the Mozza-with-lemongrass notion seemed a reach, but Ng has continued to expand on an idea using a custom wood-burning grill