Food & Wine's Best New Chefs Come to the Table in Marina del Rey
Hey Eastsiders: Here's proof that there's life west of La Brea. Chef Ricardo Zarate and business partner Stephane Bombet, alongside Food GPS’s Joshua Lurie and Food & Wine magazine, will be holding a pair of all-star dinners tomorrow and Wednesday celebrating some of the country's rising star chefs. The dinner will be held at Zarate's new Paichẽ restaurant in Marina del Rey, and will feature winners of the magazine's Best New Chef awards from years past.
The dinners will also be celebrating the opening of Paichẽ, which is Zarate's first westward project. MDR isn't much of a dining destination just yet, but there's hopes that his contemporary Peruvian izakaya with with California coastal twist might change all of that.
On Tuesday, Zarate will be cooking alongside 2009 Best New Chef winner Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, who is also a 2013 James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef Northwest and a “Top Chef Masters” alum. Drinks will be mixed up by Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni, who have worked wonders at Black Market Liquor Bar, La Descarga, and the like.
On Wednesday, Zarate will fire up the stoves with co-owner of Coppa Enoteca and TORO tapas parlor in Boston, Jamie Bissonnette and Salt Lake City’s Viet Pham, who co-founded Forage, defeated Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef America,” and was a finalist on Food Network’s “Extreme Chef.”. Aiden Demarest of Neat in Glendale will be behind the stick with Marcos Tello of 1886 for the second installation.
Tomorrow night's dinner is $52 per person plus tax and gratuity, and Wednesday's is $62 per person. $10 signature cocktails made with Bols Genever, Galliano, Pisco Portón and Rhum Clément will be available both nights.
You can find out more info about the dinner and ticketing on their Facebook page.