By Jessica Estrada | November 2, 2016 | Food & Drink
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we turned to some of our favorite LA chefs to find out what they are most thankful for this time of year.
“I am grateful to have such a diverse group of people in my life. My kids who remind me to laugh, my team who reminds me that you can accomplish anything together, and a support structure at The Peninsula that allows me to make mistakes but learn from them and move on. It’s more than I could have ever asked for."
“Running a restaurant business is not easy: dealing with colorful personalities all day, the long hours, the manual labor, and sweat equity you put in day in and day out. It can be taxing both physically and emotionally. Despite all of that, the best part of my job is that I get to create delicious dishes and feed people for a living and most especially for loyal customers and people I love during the holiday season. I am grateful that I get to tell my story of growing up in East LA and my Southeast Asian cultural heritage through my food and business. There isn't a greater and more fulfilling act to me than to express my creativity and connect with people through food.”
“I’m thankful for our local farmers and ranchers who supply us with our ingredients and thankful for our loyal, burger-loving guests who value those natural ingredients. I’m also grateful for my amazing team who makes coming to work each day such a blast and for the local South Bay community that has supported us since day one. Lastly, but certainly not least, I’m incredibly thankful for delicious beer, whiskey, and burgers!”
“I am thankful for all of the love and growth we've had as a brand this past year. As TLT Food has opened in new cities, we’re grateful to have been welcomed by the local communities, and in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, we look forward to continuing to build new friendships with our new neighbors. I’m also thankful that this year’s summer was a little longer than normal, and because of that, we were able to enjoy a few extra weeks of stone fruit season—my favorite! Lastly, I’m thankful to call Los Angeles home and be surrounded by the best authentic, delicious hole-in-the-wall food culture. The small neighborhood restaurants serving traditional food are a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment for me and I am grateful to have access to the best in the world.”
“I’m grateful to live, chef, eat, cycle, and celebrate everything Los Angeles. It’s an awesome city and I’m eight years in. Calling it home makes me grateful. Oh, and whiskey does too.”
“I'm thankful for everyone who makes it possible for me to do what I love every day, from my girlfriend to my team at Faith & Flower. To be able to do what you love every day is a blessing that not many people get the chance to experience. I just hope more people out there find a way to do what it is they love.”
“This holiday season, I’m very thankful to be here in the United States sharing my passion for bread and pastries and being a part of the vibrant food scene in Los Angeles. I’m also grateful for the great food and wine that brings families and friends together during the holidays! I love long dinners where families join together to chat and enjoy a good meal after hours of laboring in the kitchen.”