World Chefs: Hatfields share passion for grilling in new LA eatery

Tue May 19, 2015 8:10am EDT
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By Richard Leong

(Reuters) - At culinary couple Karen and Quinn Hatfield's newest restaurant in Los Angeles, Odys + Penelope, it is all about grilling, with Brazilian churrasco and a wood-fired smoker, in a casual setting that moves away from their fine-dining background.

The restaurant, named for characters in the Greek epic "The Odyssey," is the couple's second eatery. In late 2014, the husband-wife team closed eight year-old Hatfield's, which earned a Michelin star and critics' praise for its upscale New American cuisine.

Los Angeles native Karen and Quinn, who hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, spoke to Reuters about their new venture, grilling and how fine dining is evolving.

Q: What should guests expect at the restaurant?

Karen: Most of what we do here is based on our live-fire cooking and different styles of grilling. We have a smoker. That’s the heart of it. It’s a casual restaurant with bold flavors.

Quinn: We just wanted to keep the food simple like how we really cook and eat. I got into cooking on wood and solid fuel like charcoal. We want to do something that’s close to who we are now. We’re parents. We’re older than we used to be.

Q: How have the ways you eat and cook changed?   Continued...