The All-Star Chef Classic, which took over L.A. Live last year with a makeshift kitchen stadium, returns this year to the Downtown development with 25 name-brand chefs and food personalities from March 11 to 14. Ludo Lefebvre headlines the event, with Inaki Aizpirtare of Le Chateaubriand in Paris and Daniel Patterson as second billings. Everyone from Christina Tosi, Jonathan Waxman, Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliott, Aarón Sanchez, Jenn Louis (Lincoln, PDX), and Mark Hix of Hix in London rounding out the out-of-town chefs.
As for local chef talent, it's richly endowed with the likes of Michael Cimarusti, David LeFevre, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Goin, Zoe Nathan, and Waylynn Lucas. Starting tomorrow, tickets go on sale for American Express card members, with public sales initiating on December 15.
This year, four dinners will cap each day, with four French masters on the first night, American chefs the second, a British chef's dinner on the third, and a massive tasting on the fourth night with a slew of chefs from around the country. That British dinner is an especially opportune time to see chefs Mark Hix, James Lowe (Lyle's), Daniel Doherty (Duck and Waffle), Skye Gyngell (Spring, London), and Bryn Williams (Odette).