Quick Six With...Rising Star Chef of Los Angeles, Diana Stavaridis

Quick Six With...Rising Star Chef of Los Angeles, Diana Stavaridis

By Mae Velasco, Custom Content Editor

Award-winning chef Diana Stavaridis of Manhattan House may now be serving up some upscale, farm-to-table fare, but her story began more humbly than that — in her grandparents’ house at 6-years-old, harvesting tomatoes from their backyard and cleaning up lobsters in their kitchen. Growing up, she had stints in a deli, pizzeria, bakery, Cuban restaurant, and even an ice cream truck.

Since then, she graduated from culinary school and worked with celebrated Los Angeles chefs, including Neal Fraser, who promoted her to sous chef when he opened BLD Restaurant in 2006. While known for her masterful vegetarian and vegan flair (Did someone say vegan benedict with house-smoked tofu bacon and a vegan chickpea burger with japaleño cashew cheese?), what else makes this Rising Star Chef of Los Angeles and guest judge of the “The Next Food Network Star” tick?

Read to see what Stavaridis had to say when we asked her six, quick questions.

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