3 LA Chefs Discuss Maintaining “Authenticity” While Serving Ethnic Cuisine

3 LA Chefs Discuss Maintaining “Authenticity” While Serving Ethnic Cuisine

By Courtney Walsh, West Coast Editor

In a city with such ethnic diversity as Los Angeles, Angelenos are somewhat spoiled with their access to a melting pot of cultures, traditions and cuisines. Yet for chefs who relocate from their home countries to work in LA, they often face a number of obstacles in their attempts to preserve tradition, such as contending with diners unfamiliar with their culinary styles or finding it difficult to access certain ingredients crucial to their dishes. As such, for many chefs, maintaining authenticity when cooking the cuisines of their homelands is not an easy task.

Here, three expat LA chefs discuss the challenges they have overcome in bringing their authentic, ethnic cuisine straight to diners’ plates.

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