The last place you'd probably expect to find a chef with a Michelin star under his belt would be West L.A.'s Paper or Plastik, a neighborhood café that has been a favorite of locals for years but was never known as a place to host nationally-acclaimed chefs. But that's exactly where former Ubuntu ... More >>
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