It took a week-long assignment on food culture in Los Angeles for me to finally understand and comprehend why LA is so beloved and cherished by natives and non-natives alike. There is nothing like discovering a city through the lens of food, and Los Angeles is one of the most incredible food cities in the country. The March issue of Saveur Magazine is entirely dedicated to Los Angeles and it’s incredible food history and culture. I can honestly say that working on this issue made me want to move to that city. What an incredible place. So much to experience, learn and taste – and that’s just the food.
I was pretty excited when my editor at the magazine told me that I got the cover for that issue. It was photographed at Pizzeria Mozza – the love child of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich — and one of the hottest pizzerias in the country.
The stories I could tell you about Los Angeles and the personalities I met are pretty great. When I showed up to photograph Wolfgang Puck, pictured above, what I thought would be a 15 minute shoot turned out to be so much more. He was high energy, fun and gave me as much time as I needed.
Wolf’s signature pizza smoked salmon and caviar
Beet and goat cheese napoleons
I can’t say enough about how lovely and approachable Chef Suzanne Goin was, (pictured above and her food below). She’s a former Alice Water’s Chez Panisse veteran, and has become one of the most celebrated chef’s in her native Los Angeles.
During my time at The Original Pantry Cafe in downtown LA I found my best pictures with the kitchen staff on break in the basement. I’ll give you a preview of my stories through these images. Hopefully, these photos will help you understand one the biggest stars of Los Angeles is not its glitz and glamour, but its food.
Impromptu taco stands at night in east Los Angeles
La Abeja, Mexican cafe in Highland Park (notice the knife in the background, securing the door)
Mariachi players in Los Angeles Boyle Heights neighborhood
Dining among the stars at the famous Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Line cook eating dinner in the staff lounge at the Original Pantry Cafe