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New All-Star Chef Classic Brings Top Names to LA

By Lesley Balla | January 22, 2014 By Lesley Balla  |  January 22, 2014

Now that Los Angeles Food & Wine has moved on from LA Live, a new culinary extravaganza is moving in. The All-Star Chef Classic will bring top names from around the globe to the Downtown venue on March 21-23 for a weekend of cooking demos, dinners, tasting rounds and more. Most events will take place in a custom-built, 250-seat "Restaurant Stadium" (pictured), a first of its kind, engineered to make events look like a competition, even though they really are not. Unless, of course, the chefs have their own personal games in mind.

Upcoming festivities include the French Masters Dinner, a seated affair hosted by Ludo Lefebvre (his wife, Krissy, and Lucy Lean helped put this whole shindig together) with Alain Passard, Marc Meneau and Iñaki Aizpitarte; the All-Star Lunch, featuring demos, dishes and interaction with top women chefs of the industry, including Dominique Crenn, Nancy Silverton, Waylynn Lucas, Nancy Oakes and Naomi Pomeroy; and the Grill and Chill, a massive "cookout" with Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Gabrielle Hamilton, Gavin Kaysen, Donald Link, Paul Qui, Jon Shook, Ricardo Zarate and more; and Savor the Season, a family-friendly event with a special kid's zone.

Here's a full rundown of the schedule. Tickets range from $65 to $300 depending on the event, which American Express cardholders can buy as early as today. Everyone else has to wait until Saturday, January 25.

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