In 2010 Zagat heard that Jonathan Waxman, chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan, was looking to set up shop in Los Angeles. Since then Waxman has dabbled in the LA dining space, and he most recently inked a deal with Rosa Mexicano to serve as "Culinary Advisor" for the Mexican chain. Last night Rosa Mexicano on Sunset served a sneak peak of its upcoming Mexican Passover menu, and Waxman, who is presiding over Rosa Mexicano's Flavors of Mexico 2012 series, was on hand. While not necessarily known for preparing Mexican, the SoCal native is familiar with the fare. Waxman grew up in El Cerritos cooking Mexican recipes for his family and calls the cuisine his “go-to comfort food.”
As for his own restaurant in LA, Waxman says, “I’m thinking about it,” adding that he would want to feature a vegetarian-focused menu full of seasonal, farm-to-table produce. “But I’d have to keep my chicken on the menu.” In other news, Rosa/Waxman works to come include a Baja-inspired menu for summer and a Day of the Dead lineup for fall with ancient mole and chile-laced recipes.
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