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Rivera, John Sedlar’s return to the kitchen

10 years ago by Jonathan Gold
View more photos in the "Tequila Sunrise: Rivera's Spanish Cuisine" slideshow.   Is it possible to begin a restaurant review with a tracking shot? Because the entrance to the new Rivera seems to require one, following the stroll from the parking valet to the big plate-glass window that runs the...
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Where the Chefs Eat: Rivera's John Sedlar

6 years ago by Besha Rodell
Where the Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week, John Sedlar, chef and owner of Rivera and Playa, tells us his favorite spots in L.A. A few weeks back when we spoke to...
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John Sedlar Puts Meals on Wheels (and Carts and Trays) at Rivera

5 years ago by Amy Scattergood
John Sedlar's cooking has always been kind of a moving target. From his early days bringing the Southwestern cuisine he grew up with in New Mexico to Los Angeles with his restaurants St. Estephe, Bikini and Abiquiu, through his work at his top-rated downtown restaurant Rivera, he's been playing with cuisines and...
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John Sedlar's Critically Acclaimed Playa May Be Closed, But With Rivera and His Museum Tamal, He's Still Cooking

6 years ago by Amy Scattergood
On a sunny March afternoon in downtown L.A., John Sedlar, immaculate in chef's whites, holding an enormous cup of Starbucks coffee, is giving a lesson on the traditional foods of Mexico. See more of Anne Fishbein's photos of Sedlar. But the chef isn't giving a tour of the kitchen at...
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A Recipe From the Chef: John Sedlar's Scallops Arabesque

9 years ago by Amy Scattergood
John Sedlar, chef-owner of Rivera and the subject of our most recent interview, is cooking some ambitious food at his downtown restaurant these days. Three menus, three rooms, three continents, and a lot more than three dishes. And while we could have asked him for his recipe for snails with...
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Q & A With John Sedlar: Retirement, The Food Network + Where Are Our Latino Chefs

9 years ago by Amy Scattergood
John Rivera Sedlar, who opened his downtown restaurant Rivera a year and a half ago, has been one of Los Angeles' best chefs for decades: before Rivera, before the chef "retired" for 15 years, before the Museum Tamal, back to when he ran St. Estephe and Bikini. Sedlar's return was...
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Top Chef Masters: How Did Local Favorites John Sedlar and Mary Sue Milliken Do?

8 years ago by Ali Trachta
We forced ourselves to stay awake for the Top Chef Masters 11 p.m. premiere last night (thankfully, it will air at 10 p.m. going forward). Still, we couldn't wait to see how L.A. chefs John Rivera Sedlar of Playa and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill fared. Were they masterminds...
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The Tamale Curator: John Sedlar Keeps Cooking

6 years ago by Amy Scattergood
Since John Sedlar closed Playa early last month, he has hardly been taking time off. He's been busy running Rivera, planting Playa's rooftop garden -- which will stay as the restaurant changes names and concepts and chefs -- and planning an upcoming trip to Paris. He's also been working on...

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