Chef’s Table offers a peek into the lives of three renowned chefs: Aaron London (AL’s Place), David Barzelay (Lazy Bear) and Anthony Myint & Karen Leibowitz (The Perennial). Panelists will share their unique kitchen stories, their delicious creations and their passion for serving original experiences to the culinary world.
Chef and Founder, AL's Place
Aaron London has worked in kitchens since age 14, traveling from his home county in Sonoma to cook in New York, Montreal, Paris and other cities. Three years after Ubuntu, Napa's groundbreaking vegetarian restaurant, closed, former executive chef (and James Beard Award Nominee) Aaron London just opened his own 45-seat eatery in the Mission. At Al's Place, London features an original, vegetable-forward menu.
Chef and Founder, Lazy Bear
A self-taught super chef, David Barzelay knows good food. With the runaway success of the underground rendition of his Michelin-starred restaurant Lazy Bear, one would be surprised to learn that his culinary path wasn’t always set in stone. And with a background in law and a penchant for hosting entertaining dinner parties, Barzelay brings a unique set of skills to the restaurant.
Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz
Chefs and Co-Founders, The Perennial
ANTHONY MYINT and KAREN LEIBOWITZ are husband-and-wife co-founders of The Perennial and co-authors of Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant (2011). Anthony and Karen often work together, but Anthony is primarily a restaurateur whose projects include Mission Chinese Food (SF & NYC), Commonwealth (SF), and Mission Cantina (NYC), and Karen is primarily a food writer who has written for Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, and The New York Times, among other publications. Karen is the co-author, with Dominique Crenn, of Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste (2015). Karen is the Director of Communications for The Perennial; Anthony doesn’t have an official title but he’s responsible for dreaming up all the weird environmental projects.