Ludo Lefebvre delivers hit bistro in Los Angeles

Tue May 12, 2015 11:05am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre has pulled off another culinary coup with Petit Trois, his French bistro in Los Angeles, which was nominated for the best new U.S. restaurant award by the James Beard Foundation.

It is the third eatery owned by the classically-trained French-born chef, whose LudoBites, a multi-city restaurant tour, helped popularize pop-up dining in the United States several years ago.

In addition to his restaurants, Lefebvre has been coaching aspiring chefs on the ABC television cooking competition show, "The Taste," as well as working on "All-Star Chef Classic," a Los Angeles food festival.

The 43-year-old, who was trained in France for 12 years before moving to the United States, spoke to Reuters about his new eatery, the pop-up restaurant trend and the vibrant restaurant scene in Los Angeles.

Q: How does your restaurant Petit Trois reflect your cooking now?

A: I would say it encompasses a respect for tradition and my classic Parisian technique, but with a sense of modernity. I am always looking toward the future, I think that's very important.

Q: How has your culinary point of view evolved since you wrote your first book "Crave"?   Continued...

Chef Ludo Lefebvre smiles as he prepares a pop up dinner at Mel's Diner in Los Angeles, California July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files