We recently ventured past the 405 to hit Melisse in Santa Monica with our friends from Table 8, the new restaurant reservation app that’s changing everything (and of which Melisse is one of a collection of carefully selected restaurants where you can buy last minutes reservations). Melisse’ two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrine, who is born to French parents although he is from Santa Monica (went to SaMo) and is an avid surfer, came out to join us. The food at Melisse is offered as a fixed menu and you can decide between the amount of courses you want – you can also add truffles, more caviar or sub in vegetarian. If given enough time, Chef Josiah also told us he will do all sorts of options, substitutions, dietary restrictions, preferences, etc. While we were at Melisse, there was a pre-party going on in the private dinning room for Thomas Keller’s “Ment’or Young Chef” challenge to be held the next night at his restaurant Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
There’s a new tail in town! If you like to hashtag things like #bakedcrabroll and #lycheemartini, there is a new restaurant on Sunset Strip for you! Newly opened in the old Mirabelle spot and brought to you by the Light Group (1 OAK LV) and the LORE Group (Rock & Reillys, Pearls), YELLOWTAIL, the final word in sushi, is now here in LA and is their second location — the first being Las Vegas, inside the Bellagio. Chef Akira Back, and the Light and LORE groups, have been hosting friends and family dinners and sneak peeks at the restaurant this week leading up to their big opening today! They posted on their Instagram account this morning: “Good Morning Hollywood! It’s a special day for us at @YTSunset as we prepare for our first night of business! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!” Menu items of note include: Big Eye Tuna Pizza, Baked Crab Roll, Salmon Serrano, Japanese Yellowtail, Soft Shell Crab and any roll containing pop-rocks(!!).
Yellowtail Restaurant Location:
8768 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Yellowtail Restaurant Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
For reservations, call:
Social: @YTsunset @ChefAkiraBack & @LightGroup @LoreGroup #NewTailInTown #YTsunset @yellowtaillv
Here’s 10 Instagrams from friends & family week!
The First Annual Mentor Young Chef Competition Series Comes To Los Angeles
On October 30, guests are invited to enjoy Champagne, canapés, caviar, and more from Chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Bouchon Beverly Hills and watch competitors cook for a chance to win the stagiaire of a lifetime.
WHAT: On Thursday, October 30, 2014 four young chefs will compete in a rigorous cooking competition to earn stagiaires at some of the nation’s most well-respected restaurants. Designed to recognize outstanding young professionals in America, the ment’or Young Chef Competition series is spearheaded by Board of Directors Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller.
In addition to tastefully prepared food from Bouchon Beverly Hills and fine wines from Galerie and Mt. Brave in Napa Valley, and WindRacer and Maggy Hawk in Sonoma County and Anderson Valley, guests receive a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Bouchon kitchen, where competitors are hard at work preparing their dishes for an esteemed panel of judges including Chefs William Bradley (Addison), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Timothy Hollingsworth (Broad), Roland Passot (La Folie), and Richard Rosendale. Chef Keller hosts the event.
VIP ticket holders begin their evening at 6 p.m. with an exclusive one-hour canapé and Champagne reception at Bar Bouchon. All ticket holders are welcomed into the event at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and wine. Judges will lead groups on kitchen tours throughout the evening giving them an up-close look at the competitors in action. The evening will culminate with a live awards ceremony. 100% of the proceeds from the ticket price will benefit ment’or, and guests may purchase tickets online.
Menu items include:
Snake River Farms’ Steak Tartare with Potato Milles Feuilles
California Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
Sea Urchin with Cucumber and Lemon Oil
Santa Barbara Spot Prawns
Applewood Smoked Petit Jambons with Maple Glaze
The Los Angeles competition is the second in the series of four Young Chef Competitions taking place across the country. The first competition will be held at Emeril’s in New Orleans on October 19, the third at Johnson & Wales in Miami on November 8, and the fourth at the International Culinary Center in New York City on November 15. The first and second place winners of each city will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 award in the form of three and two month stagiaires.
Michael Dengelegi, Vallejo, CA
Sous Chef, Bouchon Bistro Yountville
Soleil Ho, New Orleans, LA
Line Cook, Bayona
Jason Sipe, Tacoma, WA
Line Cook, Pacific Lutheran University
Lyn Wells, Orem, UT
Line Cook, Canyon Park Café
Bouchon Beverly Hills
235 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
General Admission: $75
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6 p.m. VIP arrival with canapé reception and Champagne at Bar Bouchon
7 p.m. All guests arrive
9 p.m. Awards
About Bouchon Beverly Hills:
Opened in 2009, Bouchon Beverly Hills is located in the heart of the Beverly Hills Business Triangle, adjacent to the Beverly Canon Gardens & the Montage Hotel. The casual dining bistro sits on the second floor, above Bar Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery. Bouchon Beverly Hills offers a French bistro menu and one of the most extensive raw bars in the city. Classic bistro dishes, such as steak frites and the roast chicken favored by Chef Keller, are fixtures on the menu, while seasonally inspired dishes, including roasted leg of lamb, market seafood selections and salads, change throughout the year. A wine list featuring regional and French selections, including the seasonal Vin de Carafe program highlighting local winemakers, complements the restaurant’s cuisine.
About the ment’or BKB Foundation:
Ment’or is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Ment’or is led by a Board of Directors including Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over forty renowned chefs nationwide who act as mentors for young chefs, serve in an advisory capacity to the organization, and participate in fundraising events. Educational grants and internships are offered to food, beverage, and service professionals through the Program for Continuing Education. A series of Young Chef Competitions offer yet another opportunity for young professionals to further their careers in the culinary world. ment’or is also responsible for recruiting, training, and financially supporting the promising young American chefs who compete on behalf of the United States in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition, held in Lyon France, every two years.
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H.wood Group, the LA nightclub group bought out in June by Hakkasan Group, and the company behind SHOREbar, Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s and Nice Guy, is taking over the former Jerry’s Famous Deli space on Beverly Boulevard to create an Eataly-type restaurant. H.wood Group partner and Harvard-Westlake grad John Terzian tells the LA Times the design is an “East Coast preppy feel, kind of like a Ralph Lauren ad.” Yay! [LA Times]
Cameron Diaz, her agent Nick Styne and hermanager Rick Yorn, along with other regulars, Dan Tana himself, and the new owner, speak out about the iconic restaurant as it turns 50. [THR]