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A Celebration of Life: Remembering Chef Joe Miller


Chef Josh Gil gets ready to prepare his kampachi (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)The bounty table celebrating the farmers Joe Miller loved (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Weiser Family Farms radishes (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Jill Davie's kale chips (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Clark Staub on Venice Blvd. fires up the oven for flatbreadsCelebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Clark Staub's Paella on the patio at the Mar Vista (Michele StuevenCelebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Chefs Govind Armstrong and Kevin Meehan prep the smoked pork shoulder (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Celebrating the life of Chef Joe Miller from left: Josh Gil, Jill Davie, Govind Armstrong and Kevin Meehan (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Chefs Neal Fraser and Raphael Lunetta in The Mar Vista kitchen (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Farmhouse Pho (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Lamb pops (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Bread from Larder Baking Co. (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Famous farmer Alex Weiser and Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Heirloom tomato salad from Govind ArmstrongCelebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Raphael Lunetta serving up his Bouillabaisse (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Deep fried rockfish from Clark Staub (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Chef Joe Miller (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Chef Ben FordCelebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Neal Fraser and Clark Staub stoking the flames on Venice. Blvd. Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Ribeye over polenta topped with escargot from chef Neal Fraser (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Sweet endings from Larder Baking Co. (Michele Stueven)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)Chef Joseph Miller (Courtesy the Miller family)Celebrating Joe Miller from left: Chefs Ben Ford, Kali's Kevin Meehan, Raphael Lunetta and hostess Jill Davie (Michele Stueven)

An impassioned team of some of L.A.’s top chefs converged on Jill Davies’ The Mar Vista on Monday night to celebrate the life of visionary chef Joe Miller, who passed away at the end of October at the age of 60.

Miller opened the Michelin awarded Joe’s Restaurant in September 1991 and established himself as one of the best chefs in the country. Consistently rated by the Zagat Survey as a top 10 restaurant in Los Angeles, it’s served Santa Monica and the Abbot Kinney area of Venice for 24 years.

Joe’s Restaurant first opened in 1991, a landmark on Abbot Kinney in Venice, receiving rave reviews throughout its 24-year history. He grew the business from a small neighborhood restaurant to an award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant and  was a launching pad for many of the chefs in Southern California and around the country.  Serving California-French cuisine, Miller was at the forefront of farm-to-table creativity and locally sourced ingredients.

Lamb pops (Michele Stueven)

Redbird’s Neal Fraser grilled rib-eyes in Clark Staub’s Full of Life Flatbread oven parked on Venice Boulevard, while a massive paella party took place on the patio. Chef Josh Gil served up a mouth-watering kampachi aguachile, alongside Raphael Lunetta’s mind-blowing bouillabaisse. L.A.’s own Govind Armstrong had an heirloom tomato salad on the menu, served with mountains of Nathan Dakdouk’s freshly baked Larder Company bread. There were fresh oysters, a bounty table of produce that included Weiser Family Farms radishes, Staub’s whole fried local rock fish and pho from Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Ben Ford brought on a mountain of fall vegetables.

“I grew up in Venice just at the time when Joe’s was changing the landscape of the Abbot Kinney neighborhood,” Armstrong told L.A. Weekly as chefs and guests shared memories about Miller. “He was a mentor to me and so many people and losing him at such a young age is a real loss.”

Famous for being one of the first L.A. restaurants to source ingredients from the local farmers market, Alex Weiser from Weiser Family Farms was on hand to reminisce. “Joe was always there to show support for all of us  farmers,” Weiser, whose produce is  on half the menus in Los Angeles, told the crowd. “We are really going to miss seeing that face at the market.”

Chef Josh Gil gets ready to prepare his kampachi (Michele Stueven)