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  • Hameed Fatemi Earns Gemstone Luck to Turquoise Restaurant

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Hamid Fatemi has brought luck the luck of his native Persia’s turquoise to his out-of-the-way Turquoise restaurant since it opened in 2008. Fresh ingredients, depth of flavor and collages of color in the dishes continuously earn local awards for the Pan-Mediterranean cuisine  as “Best Healthy Fo...

  • Portuguese Chef George Mendes

    A first-generation American born to Portuguese parents, Chef George Mendes has fond memories of the elaborate, festive meals his family would prepare while he was growing up in Danbury, Connecticut. From a young age, he knew he wanted a creative career, and food was his first love. Soon after finishing high school, Mendes enrol...

  • Star Chef Toribio Prado’s Meteoric Career

    Chef Toribio Prado, a meteoric force that changed the LA culinary scene is gone forever at the age of 54. 
 We last watched him “slinging tacos” from a food court overlooking the famous restaurant he first brought to fame with his menu, still intact, at the age of 17. The restaurant is the historic […]...

  • Rubina Khan: Pakistani Chef

    (Rubina Khan) My memories of childhood are not necessarily that of a regular child- I did not have time to play with other children in the neighborhood, go to parks, buy candies and toys or enjoy rides. But I do not remember being unhappy either. I recall how in a family of eight, with a […]...

  • Chef Aaron Robbins LA Insider’s “Top Chef” from the Valley

    Chef Aaron Robbins is the sole valley member of LA’s “insiders’  Top Chefs” that have worked their solid magic for decades, including  Bruce Marder, Neal Fraser and Hans Rockenwagner. You might know Robbins as the long-time proprietor of Boneyard Bistro http://boneyardbistro.com/down the street in Stu...

  • “Cinderella Story” Raymond Pasadena’s Luis Nava from Zacatecas, Mexico

    (Jose Martinez)  Everybody loves a Cinderella story—rooting for the little guy. So, when someone starts at the bottom and works their way to the top we just have to cheer them on. But I fear calling Luis Nava a bartending star on the rise is a bit misleading since he’s technically not even a bartender. […]...

  • Second Generation Avinash Kapoor Grows Akbar Restaurants

      (photos by Gerry Furth-Sides of Avi’s cooking for a writer’s group at Akbar, Marina del Rey) Congenial, Avinash Kapoor has over 37 years of experience working in the restaurant industry and is chef and co-owner of the Akbar, Cuisine of India, restaurants in Southern California. Kapoor grew up apprenticing alon...