By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large
A chef is so much more than a culinary mastermind in the kitchen. Our Top 100 Social Chefs feature artisans who have developed a brand and many of them showcase this with multiple different concepts.
One of the top chefs and leading ladies on this list is Suzanne Goin.
Goin was born in LA and food was always part of her life as her parents were “food-obsessed” Francophiles (a person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French.)
She eventually made her way over to the east coast and graduated from Brown University. After working at some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the country, including working as executive chef at Campanie in LA, she decided to start her own venture with her business partner Caroline Styne.
Together they opened Lucques in West Hollywood in 1998 and it was an instant success, so much so that Goin was recognized a year later as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs.
Goin did not stop there though. This was just the beginning of her small kingdom.
In 2002, both Goin and Styne opened an entirely different concept, a.o.c. (which notoriously lands at No. 1 on Foodable’s LA Top 25 Restaurants) known for its small plate menu and perfect wine pairings. The restaurant was the inspiration for Goin’s second book, The A.O.C Cookbook, which features seasonal recipes by Goin and wine notes from Styne.Read More