One 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 marketplace restaurants for casual dining, The Larder at Maple Drive, The Larder at Burton Way, and the new Larder at Tavern 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 Chefs of 1999," the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: California” in 2006, and six more nominations by the Foundation for "Outstanding Chef of the Year." She has been the exclusive caterer for the annual Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards four times, and has prepared dinners for President Obama and the First Lady at her restaurants and for a number of catered events. In December 2013, Suzanne and her business partner Caroline Styne launched The Larder Baking Company, a new wholesale operation for the breads and bakery goods developed with partner and master baker Nathan Dakdouk.
Goin is the author of two award-winning cookbooks, “Sunday Suppers at Lucques” and the new “The A.O.C. Cookbook,” both published by Knopf. Between Suzanne Goin and her husband David Lentz, who owns three locations of The Hungry Cat in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, the couple manages to operate nine restaurants and raise three small children.