Ludo Lefebvre is a culinary prodigy and an icoclast who has worked in some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants since he was fourteen. Five years ago he traded fine-dining - with its endless pomp and bottomless resources - for the freedom to cook outside the box. The result was LudoBites , a touring restaurant that, like a rock 'n roll band, roves the streets of Los Angeles, playing to different sold-out crowds every four months. LudoBites is the chronicle of that journey. Each chapter showcases the story and the wildly inventive food of the seven different LudoBites incarnations, with recipes that merge the techniques he perfected in his years at the finest French restaurants with the simplicity forced upon him by the limits of a pop-up kitchen. Essays prefacing each chapter give an unprecedented glimpse into the mind of the chef of the future (Time), a culinary genius who breaks all the rules, and beautiful, full-color photos offer behind-the-scenes glimpse of the pain, drama, and triumph inherent in his creative process. As invative and inviting as the unique chef it captures, LudoBites is a fascinating look at food and a revolutionary new way of cooking.
Ludovic Lefebvre trained with chef Pierre Gagnaire, and at restaurants L'Esperance with Marc Meneau, L'Arpege with Alain Passard, and Le Grande Vefour with Guy Martin in France. Then he moved to Los Angeles to work at L'Orangerie, where he became head chef at twenty-five. Under his guidance, L'Orangerie became one of the top-rated restaurants in California, receiving the Mobil five-star rating. Lefebvre then moved on to Bastide, where he also received the prestigious Mobil five-star rating. In 2007 he started a guerrilla-style pop-up restaurant event called LudoBites that currently takes place at different locations around Los Angeles. Named by Relais & Chateaux as one of the World's 50 Greatest Chefs, Lefebvre was also a 2001 nominee for the James Beard Foundation Rising Chef Award, and is the author of the cookbook Crave. Lefebvre lives in Los Angeles with his wife and partner, Krissy, and their children.
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Two-Colour Throughout, 3 8-PG Four-Colour Inserts; Index