Kitchen Confidential

Los Angeles

With Eatery Osteria Mozza, James Beard-Winning Chef Nancy Silverton Reigns Supreme

Referring to James Beard-Winning Chef Nancy Silverton as the reigning queen of Los Angeles’ food scene is no idle boast: the native Angeleno has the highest culinary honor a chef can receive under her belt—the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Outstanding Chef award. It is the first time an L.A.-based chef has taken home the honor since Spago’s Wolfgang Puck tied New York’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten in 1998. Read More

San Francisco

Madera Pastry Chef Mellisa Root Makes Sweet Music

As impressive as it is that Mellisa Root arrived at the Rosewood Sand Hill’s Madera restaurant from Per Se, Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin star eatery in New York, Manhattan wasn’t the place for this gold medal winning pastry chef to flaunt her culinary cleverness. Mixing her kitchen know-how — she graduated at the top of her class from the California Culinary Academy — with her creative mind — she studied music and visual arts growing up in Idaho — she brings an artistic approach to dessert making at the Michelin-starred hotspot that’s beloved by the tech community. It’s no wonder that Root’s face lights up like a Christmas tree as she talks about her craft: she is preparing to enter her fourth holiday season at Madera, after all. Read More

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