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Pop-up dinner club: RnD Table

June 27, 2011 | 11:15 am

Cooking his way, nonprofessionally, to Gordon Ramsay’s "MasterChef" competition on Fox, Michael “Q” Kim impressed more than just at-home viewers, landing himself a position in the kitchen at the Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. At the Bazaar, Kim met cook Conrad Malaya and RnD Table began to take shape.

Kim and Malaya wanted to give young chefs –- who usually spend their days executing someone else's vision -– the opportunity to express their own culinary visions, designing and delivering a menu entirely of their own... a rite of passage, if you will. The two culinary visionaries collaborated to create RnD Table, an underground dinner club giving cooks a shot at the limelight normally reserved for the kitchen big wigs, head honchos and top chefs.

The club's first few dinners will be hosted by its founders, Kim and Malaya, but future dinners can be expected to feature several versatile chefs from around L.A. and farther afield.

Follow RnD Table on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates on upcoming dinners, including dates and locations. The suggested donation is $60 per person, not including tip.


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Photo: Korean-Chicano braised short ribs, or galbi jjim.  Credit: Kenny Ahn