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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

hot-topics-awards-season-lebofsky.jpgChefs around the country, including LA's own Jon Shook of Animal, Son of a Gun, and Trois Mec, chimed in on the value of culinary awards such as the World's 50 Best, Michelin Guide, and James Beard Awards. Says Shook: "When we opened it wasn't like we're opening this restaurant to get a James Beard. But it helps put people in your seats." [-E-]

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