Many chefs fuse Los Angeles’ diverse ethnic flavors in their dishes, but few embody the city’s unbridled creativity like Nyesha Arrington.
Her first gigs as sous chef to her Korean grandmother, “playing restaurant” on playdates and practicing fine arts — were early proof of her multidimensional talent. Arrington has worked under Joël Robuchon at L'Atelier and The Mansion, Josiah Citrin of Melisse, and is a world traveler. She was a fan favorite on Top Chef Season 8 & went on to win Knife Fight and Chef Hunter television competitions. Her grit and ingenuity has spawned lauded restaurant projects including past relics LEONA and Native. She is a steward of local produce, a food waste warrior, was named a past Zagat 30 under 30 honoree and above all, a culinary artist.