Full Episode: LudoBird (23:11)Enter the mind of Chef Ludo Lefebvre in Season 5 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF. Along with eight new episodes featuring the world-renowned chef and currently one of the most influential members of the food scene in Los Angeles, Season 5 will include six compilation episodes featuring never-before seen footage of some of the best and brightest culinary minds.
How does a chef trained in the finest kitchens of France translate his haute cuisine to fast food? Ludos obsession with a perfectly cooked bird can be traced back to France, where he learned to roast chicken, and his love for the American classic was solidified when he ate at KFC for the first time. Watch full episode »
Trois Mec and Petit Trois can be found side-by-side in a Hollywood strip mall, nestled between a dry cleaners and a Yum Yum donut. Ludos restaurants and the dishes he creates for them embody the cultural mash-up and high/low flair that is the strip mall philosophy. Watch a preview »
Ludo came up under mentors like Alain Passard and Mark Meneau, chefs with an almost pathological obsession with ingredients. His eyes light up when he describes the Lobsters of Brittany, the Oysters from Cancale, and the myriad of other extraordinary culinary jewels in the oceanic bounty of France. Watch a preview »
The demands of a celebrity chef, especially one that runs three vibrant restaurants and a fried chicken franchise, are rigorous. When Ludo needs to escape the chaos, he heads to the lilting and poetic world of Paris in the spring, where the emphasis is placed on the joy and fun of life. Watch a preview »
A bistro is typically defined by its modesty they are relatively small, affordable and humble. With Petit Trois, Ludos has brought the spirit of the bistro to Los Angeles. In this episode, Ludo brings us back to Paris to introduce us to some of the people and places that first inspired him to begin a culinary career. Watch a preview »
Ludo began his US career cooking at Los Angeles restaurant Bastide, but after it closed for renovations he opted not to return and instead chose to do things his way. Borrowing a friends bakery space, Ludo created a unique dining experience in the form of small, reservations-only, chefs choice dinners that became known as LudoBites. Watch a preview »