Los Angeles: Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec
With movie-star good looks, no-holds-barred personality and candid smile, Ludo was born for TV. But the only limelight the French-born chef sought when he came to Los Angeles was behind the stoves at places like L’Orangerie and Bastide. Still, not only has he appeared on Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America, he and wife Krissy traveled across the country for Ludobites America, and now he’s a returning judge for the second season of The Taste on ABC. Having skyrocketed his career after his Ludobites pop-ups, Lefebvre finally settled down with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) to open a prix fixe-only restaurant in an unassuming strip mall. Now it’s one of the hardest tickets to get in town, mostly because getting a reservation is like buying tickets - they go on sale every other Friday morning for the next two weeks, and your dinner reservation is pre-paid only.