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Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone



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Some of our favorite restaurants in Los Angeles just so happen to be owned and operated by celebrity chefs. If you’re in the mood for some truly amazing food (and to hopefully sneak a peek at that guy from “Top Chef”) here are our top picks for the best eateries in which to find food, fame, and fortune all in the same place.


1 Trois Mec

Ludo Lefebvre has redefined the VIP dining experience in LA. "The Taste" star first served gourmet bites in a food truck before opening his first brick and mortar restaurant in partnership with chef friends, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in what used to be a strip mall. The non-traditional Frenchman then opened a fried chicken food concept within STAPLES Center, called LudoBird before opening his second concept with Dotolo and Shook, Petit Trois, this summer. Lefebvre has also appeared on shows such as “Ludo Bites America” for Sundance Channel, Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters”, Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and NBC’s “The Today Show.”
716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

2 Spago

Wolfgang Puck rules LA. Don't believe us? The Austrian-born restaurateur owns and operates the tony steakhouse Cut, the elegant mainstay Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air, WP24 (which has one of the best views in Los Angeles) at the Ritz-Carlton downtown, the simply stunning Santa Monica eatery Chinois and everyone' favorite mainstay, Spago. He's also appeared on everything from "Top Chef" to "Iron Chef" to "The Simpsons" and "The Smurfs" movie, and also won an Emmy for a self-named service show. Phew. Wolfgang, you exhaust us.
176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 385-0880

3 Maude

This was the year that hunky Australian chef Curtis Stone opened his first-ever restaurant, an aptly-named ode to his grandmother, Maude. In addition to serving fabulous fare, Stone is also a tour de force in the reality television world: he's appeared on shows such as "Celebrity Apprentice 3," "The Biggest Loser," "Top Chef Masters" and "Around the World in 80 Plates."
212 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 859-3418

4 The Bazaar

Jose Andres' too-cool-for-school eatery, The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, has some of the most innovative food and cocktails (hello cotton candy martini!) in L.A., but you'll definitely know this man for more than just his food. Not only did he appear on Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations and "Iron Chef," but he was also a judge on "Top Chef" and "The Taste" — and also serves as a culinary consultant on NBC's ode to Hannibal Lechter, "Hannibal." Just don't ask him for fava beans or a nice chianti, OK?
465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 246-5545

5 Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood

Who doesn't know Gordon Ramsay? He does run "Hell's Kitchen," after all. In addition to owning Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood and The Boxwood Cafe, Ramsay has also featured in some high-pressured docu-dramas, like "Boiling Point" and Beyond Boiling Point." The temperamental chef has also appeared in shows like "Hotel Hell," "The Simpsons," and "Kitchen Nightmares." We're sensing a theme here...
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood (310) 854-1111
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