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The Taste fest lines up chef panels: Ludo Lefebvre, Roy Choi, Lisa Lillien and more

July 28, 2011 |  4:03 pm


The Taste festival of food and wine, hosted by the Los Angeles Times and sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, will take place Labor Day weekend over four days at three locations (downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills) featuring more than 200 restaurants.

The list of chefs attending The Taste is still growing -- including Michael Voltaggio, Giada De Laurentiis and Duff Goldman. And organizers have announced a lineup of chef panels: 

• “An Interview with Chef Ludo & Krissy Lefebvre,” led by Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons, will feature an in-depth look at the lives of this celebrity culinary couple, including the popular LudoBites pop-up series, the recent debut of “Ludo Bites America” on the Sundance Channel, insider cooking tips, industry commentary and more. The interview will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., during The Taste’s “Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar” in Beverly Hills on Sept. 3.

• “California Pinot” and “Bling or Bargain” will be co-hosted by wine experts Belinda Chang, award-winning sommelier and wine director at the Modern in New York, and Justin Warner, a.k.a. the “wine rhyme enthusiast” and co-chef-owner of Do or Dine in Brooklyn. The pair will offer their unique “oeno-rap” seminars at The Taste’s “Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar” in Beverly Hills on Sept. 3 and “Street Eats” in Hollywood on Sept. 4 (exact times to be determined).

• “Food City: The New Language of L.A.,” moderated by Times Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock, will feature panelists Roy Choi, a Food & Wine Best New Chef and chef-owner of the renowned Kogi food truck, Chego in Los Angeles and A-Frame in Culver City; Sang Yoon, chef-owner of Father’s Office in Santa Monica and Culver City and Lukshon in Culver City; Jet Tila, chef-owner of the award-winning Wazuzu at the Encore resort in Las Vegas and part of Bistronomics at Breadbar in Los Angeles; and Mario Alberto, chef-partner of Chimú in downtown L.A. from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., during The Taste’s “Street Eats” in Hollywood on Sept. 4.

• “An Interview with 'The Hungry Girl,’ a.k.a. Blogger and TV Host Lisa Lillien,” led by Times Assistant Food Editor Rene Lynch, will offer an in-depth Q&A with the popular blogger and host of Food Network and the Cooking Channel’s “The Hungry Girl,” from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., during The Taste’s “Picnic in the Hills” in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5.

Click here for tickets. $125 to $150 for individual tickets; packages are also available. 


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Photo: Krissy and Ludo Lefebvre. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times