This is the City of Angels, all right, and you’ll feel like you’ve gone to heaven after sampling the wares of these culinary superstars. We hope your palette is ready for its close-up.
1 Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck rules LA. Don't believe us? The Austrian-born restaurateur owns and operates tony steakhouse Cut, the elegant mainstay Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air, WP24 (which has one of the best views in Los Angeles), simply stunning Santa Monica eatery Chinois and everyone' favorite mainstay, Spago. He's also appeared on Top Chef, won an Emmy for a self-named service show and cooks for the stars every year at the Academy Awards' Governors Ball. Wolfgang, you're an inspiration. Exhausting, but an inspiration.
2 Ludo Lefebvre
Looking for the hautest culinary ticket in town? Look no further than Trois Mec, the hotly anticipated eatery from Ludo Lefebvre. In addition to serving up the most-coveted meals in town, this French chef is also responsible for kick-starting LA's mobile food craze with his first effort, Ludobites, has written his own cookbook, challenged Mario Batali on "Iron Chef America", "Top Chef" and even guest starred on "Hell's Kitchen." He also was one of four celebrity judges on ABC's reality cooking show, "The Taste." Ooh la la!
3 Gordon Ramsay
Who doesn't know Gordon Ramsay? The man is known for raising hell -- literally. He is infamous for his bad temper on "Hell's Kitchen" but has appeared in numerous food-based TV programs from "Kitchen Nightmares" to "MasterChef" to "Hotel Hell." You'll love his upscale eatery, Gordon Ramsay at the London, for its refinement, and adore the burgers at his casual Fat Cow at The Grove. Just watch your mouth - you never know where he might be lurking.
4 José Andrés
Does José Andrés sleep? We're not sure, but we're doubtful. This Spanish chef has found the time to open more than 10 restaurants across America (including our favorite, The Bazaar by José Andrés), pen three cookbooks, win a James Beard Award and still make time for TV. He bested Bobby Flay in "Iron Chef America", appeared as a judge on "Top Chef" as well as "The Taste" and now acts as the cuisine consultant for NBC's "Hannibal" to assure that Mr. Lechter is serving up much more than fava beans and Chianti.
5 Mario Batali
If you're looking for some of the best Italian food in LA, you'll find it at one of Mario Batali's two eateries. You'll also find enough celebrities inside the hallowed halls of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza to rival any red carpet. But the stars don't just eat at his establishments: they appear on his TV shows, as well. Who can forget his televised trek across with Spain with Gwyneth Paltrow or his appearances on programs such as "Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters"? All hail Molto Mario!