Last July (09), after enjoying yet another fantastic meal at Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s pop-up restaurant, I wrote: “To me, chefs ARE ROCK STARS, and the restaurants (at least the ones with open kitchens) are my favorite type of THEATER.”
A year later, after dinner at the latest LudoBites arena, with it’s open kitchen, sold out “venue” and lovestruck groupies (including myself), it’s clear to me that Ludo is still the greatest rock star chef EVER.
If you’ve only experienced chef Ludo on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, then you probably think he’s just another cocky, French chef with a bad attitude. Let me note, that on occasion, I’ve had a front-row ticket to his “immense annoyance” (he’s a perfectionist) and it was a bit frightening. But luckily for me, since we’re also good friends outside of the restaurant world, I often get to see the sweet, charming and generous side of Ludo.
Tattoos are a MUST for any serious rock star (be it musician or cook), and Ludo’s inked flesh has been well-documented. We both share a love for Mötley Crüe, so my favorite design is definitely the Crüe album cover art on his forearm, but I definitely dig the LudoBites Coq tattoo he added a few months ago.
Grub Street asked about the new tattoo and Ludo said, “The rooster is the national emblem of France and he inspires me because the rooster wakes up every morning singing, even though he is standing in shit. It does not matter how tough things were the night before. I just have to wake and keep singing…and cooking.”
Ludo’s food is so creative (and amazing) that I actually think he deserves to be a bit cocky about it… and maybe even a bit cheeky. Sort of makes me think he deserves a fan club or something…
Grilled Squid, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Black Rice, Yuzu Red Onions, Umami Broth & Seaweed Tartare
Vadouvan Naan Bread, Salted Coconut Butter
Cheese Cupcake, Chicken Liver Mousse, Kumquats, Cornichon
Raw Wagyu Beef, Dried Miso, Somen Noodle, Peanut Vinaigrette, Candied Watermelon, Mint
Goat Cheese Soup, Bacon, Lardo, Tofu, Green Apple, Frisee Salad
Poached Egg, Potato Mousseline, Chorizo Condiment by Chef Ludo Lefebvre
Top: Grilled Octopus, Oregano, Grilled Hazelnut Polenta, Pineapple Aioli, Piment D’Espelette Gelee
Bottom: Hot Foie Gras, Chinese Barbeque Sauce, Miso Eggplant Terrine
Wild Striped Bass, Cauliflower, Black Garlic, Yellow Panna Cotta
Confit Pork Belly, Raw Choucroute Thai Style, Mustard Sorbet
Steamed Duck, Lemon Verbena, Crispy Skin Puree, White Peach, Radish, Balsamic
Cheese Plate of:
Goat Gouda with Pear Kimchi Chutney.
Epoisse with Whole Grain Mustard, Honey comb.
Bleu de Causses with Apricots-Lavender.
Bottom: Caramel Souffle, Blanco Grapefruit, Fleur de sel Ice Cream
Campfire Smoked S’mores, Guacamole Sorbet
Gram & Papas
227 East 9th Street
Los Angeles 90015
Dinner shared with @JulieWolfson@LadyShark66@WithLoveSirine Peter & Melissa.
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Chefs Are Rock Stars 7/13/09
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RAVE review of LudoBites by New York Times Sam Sifton!