Chris Crary shares his Los Angeles secrets with Haute Living. Find out where Crary — a former “Top Chef” star and the Chef de Cuisine at The Viceroy Hotel’s restaurant, Whist — shops, dines and who he thinks has the best dessert in the City of Angels.

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Where were you born ?
Bucyrus, Ohio
How long in Los angeles:
3 years
Culver City
Chef de Cuisine @ The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica
Favorite Restaurant:
Red Medicine in Beverly Hills
Best Sushi:
Sushi Zo in Culver City
Best Italian:
Angelini Osteria
Best dessert:
Chego, Rock Yer Road
Best place for a romantic date:
Picnic at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.
Best Sunday brunch:
Getting out of bed on Sunday is difficult. Gjelina if you can get in or find a seat.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Lunch outside in a cabana at The Viceroy in Santa Monica.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Of course the Viceroy! Secondly Chateau Marmont just for the mystic.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Wandering around Abbot Kinney is always fun.
Best Spa:
The Spa at the Four Seasons hotel in Westlake Village.
Favorite Charity Event:
No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strengths.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Asian Night Market
Best Steakhouse:
I don’t frequent steakhouses that often, so I’m going with Morton’s.
Best Pizza:
Pizzeria Mozza
Best Lunch:
Huckleberry, they have amazingly healthy and creative items.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to gyms, I only go to the newly remodeled 24 Hour Fitness on Ocean Park.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
Santa Monica Beach or Venice Beach during the summer.
Best aspect of Los Angeles
LA is such a huge city, there is always something to do or explore. It is blessed with deep culture and tradition. There are so many amazing restaurants to go to, you could never make it to them all. It has taken some time, but I love LA.
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