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Watch Craig Thornton's Dark Past Inform the Future of His Food at Wolvesmouth

The popular dinner series chef opens up to The New Yorker.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The New Yorker has begun offering up their take on Chef’s Table, the popular food-obsessed Netflix series, as part of their own larger Amazon television series titled The New Yorker Presents. In this installment, the high brow magazine turns the lens on Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth fame, exploring the chef’s past as a way to help bring clarity to his future.

The popular Downtown dinner series chef is certainly one for artistry, which comes off in the highly stylized video as smears of blood and preserved fruits splash like Pollock paintings across a long white expanse and cereal bowls explode in slow motion.

Of course there’s also a lot of heartfelt stuff concerning Thornton’s trajectory towards becoming a chef, emerging from a broken home in the Southwest and struggling with a variety of issues. Ultimately, Thornton made his way to Portland, began working in kitchens, before branching out to become the underground chef we know today.

Interestingly, towards the end of the video, Thornton says that "he could be charging insane amounts of money" for his food, but instead likes to keep it accessible to all by making it donation-based.

Don’t think you’ve got a chance to make it into Wolvesmouth any time soon? You can pick up a seat at Thornton’s upcoming five-month art museum residency at MoCA in the Little Tokyo called Taxa, which launches at the end of March.