The James Beard Foundation is grateful to be a beneficiary of the 2020 LA Chef Conference on Monday, March 30!  

With speakers, panels, cooking demos, a beverage symposium, and an after-party presented at ArcLight Cinemas and The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica, CA, this year’s Chef Con will be the talk of LA. Join Katherine Miller, JBF’s vice president of Impact, as she explores the rise of plant-based meats with a panel of experts and thought leaders. Then, watch while the hottest chefs in town grace the James Beard demo stage at The Gourmandise School to share tips and techniques for some of their most beloved dishes.


Chef-Driven Pop-Up Breakfast and Lunch Including:

Burt Bakman featuring Altair Grass Fed Wagyu

Benjamin Udave featuring Certified Angus Beef

Joe Johnson featuring Salmon Creek Farms Natural Pork

Jason Franey featuring Santa Monica Seafood

Traci Des Jardins featuring Impossible Foods

Tim Minefee featuring Barilla pasta

Pitfire Artisan Pizza

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Carlos Enriquez with Bakers Kneaded

City Bean Roasters

Straus Family Creamery

Lewis Road Creamery

After-Party by:

Anthony Goodwin with Superba FOOD + BREAD

Elisha Ben-Haim with The Window at American Beauty

Tacos 1986 with Cape Grim Pure Beef and Jidori Chicken

Jonnie LoFranco with BREAD Artisan Bakery

Raw Bar by Santa Monica Seafood


Desserts Provided by Callebaut Chocolate and Featuring Pastry Chefs:

Clémence Gossette, The Gourmandise School, Los Angeles

Sally Camacho, Tesse Restaurant and Cafe & Bakery, West Hollywood, CA

Christopher Rull, Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA

Valerie Gordon, Valerie, Los Angeles 

Lori Sauer, Blue Ridge Hospitality, San Diego

Gemma Matsuyama, n/naka, LA

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