Evan Funke
Evan Funke

Photo Credit: Anne Fishbein

As a James Beard “Rising Star Chef” nominee with his own lauded eatery, Bucato, Evan Funke is certainly a man who knows the best of L.A.’s culinary scene.

Funke’s culinary career began with two years at Wolfgang Puck Catering before he was recruited to Puck’s legendary Spago, Beverly Hills. After three years at the famed restaurant, and a brief stint teaching at Le Cordon Bleu, Funke assumed leadership of the stoves of the Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills. His current inspiration came after this period and as a result of a three-month apprenticeship in Bologna, Italy, under the legendary Alessandra Spisni. At La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese, Funke mastered the techniques of pasta fatto a mano and adopted an Italian approach that keeps his cuisine “close to the ground.” In early 2008, Funke began his four-year tenure as Executive Chef at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen. Here Funke solidified his reputation as a champion of farmer-direct purchasing and creative hyper-seasonal, farmers market based menus.

In 2009, the Los Angeles native was nominated “Rising Star Chef” by The James Beard Foundation, and awarded the“Bib Gourmande” from Michelin Guide, which led him to open Bucato one year ago in July 2013. Next up, the chef will appear at Los Angeles Food & Wine on August 24th at the Lexus Grand Tasting tent alongside Masaharu Morimoto and John Sedlar.

Without further ado, here is Funke’s insider’s guide to the City of Angels. Bon appetit!

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Where were you born ?
Santa Monica
How long in Los angeles:
35 years; I'm a 5th generation Californian
Pacific Palisades
Chef/owner of Bucato restaurant in Culver City
Favorite Restaurant:
Asador Etxebarri, Spain
Best Sushi:
Sushi Zo
Best Italian:
Best dessert:
Cooks County
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Hart and the Hunter
Best place for a power business meeting:
Pacific Dining Car
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Westside: Fairmont and the Eastside: Ritz-Carlton L.A. Live
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Stronghold Venice
Best Spa:
I don't spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Baby 2 Baby gala
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Getty Villa
Best Steakhouse:
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Best Pizza:
In LA Sotto in America, Una Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco
Best Lunch:
I don't eat lunch
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Eames Office and House
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Eames Office and House
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
My home
Best aspect of Los Angeles
True Californians and Los Angelenos know and understand that “ El Pueblo de Nuestra Segnora la Reina de Los Angeles” is exactly that, a pueblo. We recognize each other
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