Owner, La Boite (New York, NY)
Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City. Lior and La Boîte have been featured in major food and lifestyle publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, In Style Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Food & Wine Magazine and the SAVEUR 100. Lior jumpstarted his culinary education as a student at Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. During that time, he did an externship with chef Olivier Roellinger in Cancale, France. In 2002, armed with his spice expertise, Lior relocated to New York, where he worked as sous chef and catering chef at Daniel. In 2006, he opened La Boîte, followed by La Boîte Biscuits & Spices in 2011. In 2012, Lior produced a cookbook entitled The Art of Blending, and in 2016 he published he second book, The Spice Companion.