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Suzanne Goin

Chef-Owner, Lucques, a.o.c., and Tavern (Los Angeles, CA)

Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs with Meet the Culinary EntrepreneursOne of Los Angeles’ most beloved chefs, Suzanne Goin cooks with a palette of colors and flavors that showcase the best farmers and producers from the Southern California markets. Her fine dining restaurants, Lucques, a.o.c., and Tavern, and her signature marketplaces for casual dining, The Larder at Maple Drive, The Larder at Burton Way, and the Larder at LAX at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, reflect her passion for seasonal cooking with ever-changing menus and artfully presented dishes bursting with colors and textures that embrace the beauty and decadence of California gardens.

Her artistry has earned her numerous accolades including Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef of 1999." In 2006, Suzanne was the recipient of two awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation for her cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, as well as the award for Best Chef California. She has been the exclusive caterer for the annual Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards for four years, and prepared dinners for President Obama and the First Lady.

Goin’s latest achievement is L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, which she co-founded in 2010 with her business partner Caroline Styne and husband David Lentz, to raise research funds for childhood cancer and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This incomparable culinary event has raised over $1.5 million since its inception. Goin’s highly anticipated second cookbook, The A.O.C. Cookbook (Knopf), featuring recipes from a.o.c. and wine notes by Caroline Styne was published in October 2013.