5 Questions With Chef at Reopened Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach

Executive chef and co-owner from Argentina has reopened the Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill, the iconic Laguna Beach restaurant established in 1947.

Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado Returns to His Culinary Roots

Carlos’ menus are full of those kinds of oblique references. They are allusions to home cooking as experienced by a first generation Mexican American in Southern California who in 2015 was voted one of America’s best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.

Steve Samson

Published February 2010

Deborah Schneider

  Published July 2010

Azmin Ghahreman

As chef-owner of Sapphire Laguna, Azmin Ghahreman applies the same techniques and fresh-food standards in his San Juan Capistrano home kitchen as he does in his restaurant: “I won’t cut corners. I take ingredients seriously at home, too.” It’s a dining philosophy that he and wife Laura instill in their children—from left above, Rori, 7, Roan, 4, and Liam, 8—and one he takes to elementary schools. He teaches cooking and gardening classes at schools such as St. Anne’s in Laguna Niguel. “They prepare students for a lifetime of healthful eating,” Ghahreman says. “We have to teach our kids about the Earth. Once you teach them how to garden and cook, they can never go hungry.”

Ugo Allesina

Irvine's a little hard to call home when your old stamping grounds are the rural hills of Italy's Piedmont region. So when chef Ugo...

Chatting With Chef-Owner of Irenia Ryan Garlitos

How his grandmother’s Filipino cooking inspired his culinary career

Chicks with Knives

These female chefs rock to their own beat in some of O.C’s best kitchens.

5 Questions with the Chef-Partner at Sessions West Coast Deli

The chef-partner at Sessions West Coast Deli has opened a fourth location next to Macy’s at Fashion Island.

Rachel Klemek

 Published March 2010Visit Blackmarket Bakery’s Web site and you’ll swear you’ve hit an underground world of confectionery conspiracies—one where tiered cakes double as UFOs....