As the final hours of 2009 tick away, Angelenos dash off their New Year's resolutions like grocery lists. Food lovers are known to promise eating better and exercising more, but what to do the food makers of our city decree on New Years?
We checked in with some of our city's top chefs to find out what they hope to achieve in 2010. Answers varied, but none failed to surprise. And as for Chef David Lentz, we sincerely hope his 2010 resolution is a joke; life in LA wouldn't be the same without an egg-topped Pug Burger.
Ludo Lefebvre, Chef of Ludo Bites
“I don't do New Year's resolutions because I don't want to fail. I live day by day.”
Elderoy Arendse, Executive Chef of Fraiche
“My New Year's resolution is exactly the same every year: I want my cooking skills to give something positive back to the people I work with and the people I meet everyday at the restaurant. I want to have my way of life dictate positive energy to the people around me…I'm just a line cook trying to make people happy.”
“My New Year's resolution is to delve further into old American cooking from the 19th century and 20th century.”
Jazz Singsanong, Chef/Owner of Jitlada
“My wish is that only people who love food come over. People that want to destroy the small restaurant should go away…We don't cook for money. We cook for love.”
Zoe Nathan, Chef/Owner of Huckleberry
“My New Year's resolution is to make my life my artform…And for myself and my husband [Josh Loeb, Owner of Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry] to spend as much energy on our life as our restaurant.”
David Lentz, Chef/Owner of The Hungry Cat, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
“My resolution this year is to sell my restaurants and move to Kaui; open a little breakfast and lunch place with my wife and raise my kids.”
Brooke Burton is also the author of Foodwoolf.com.