Dishing with the top toque behind the stoves at hotel and restaurant hot spot …
Mama Shelter Los Angeles (6500 Selma Ave., L.A., 323-785-6666; mamashelter.com).
Go-to ingredient Definitively lemon—zest, juice or just a simple squeeze to finish a salad or a sauce.
Top local brunch spot Mercado in Hollywood. They have great margaritas and chilaquiles and it’s also down the street from where I live.
Coveted fall ingredient Pomegranate for the texture, color and acidity it can bring to a dish.
Favorite farmers market Hollywood, because it’s a block down from Mama Shelter. We pick all the ingredients for our brunch and cocktails on Sunday morning right before we open.
Currently craving My mum’s tiramisu. It’s the best ever (and I’ve tried a lot!).
Written by LESLEY McKENZIE.