Thursday, November 3, 2011

Meet the Chefs - Nyesha Arrington

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA (Panorama City)
AGE: 29
PROFESSION: Executive Chef, Wilshire Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA
CULINARY EDUCATION: Art Institute of Los Angeles, CA

Arrington works as the new Executive Chef at Wilshire, one of Santa Monica’s most popular restaurants. Nyesha worked with her mentor, Josiah Citrin, at Mélisse in Santa Monica. Her resume also includes work with legendary French chef Joël Robuchon at his Michelin and Mobil award-winning Las Vegas restaurants, L’Atelier and The Mansion. With both master chefs, she feels fortunate to be guided by extremely talented cooks, who taught her a wide range of important skills in a very professional environment. Arrington, an ardent believer in using fresh, seasonal products, considers several important factors in creating her menu, including the weather, what’s in season, and the availability of locally-grown food. Nyesha comes from an artistic family; both her father and sister are musicians, and before pursuing a culinary career she aspired to be a sculptor. Her creative upbringing is reflected in Nyesha’s approach to cooking, which she considers an art.

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