Erin Eastland, fan of microplanes and Broadway musicals, is the new executive chef at Santa Monica restaurant Milo & Olive, after a seven-year tenure at Cube Cafe on La Brea Avenue. Born in
What's coming up next on your menu?
Persimmons, satsumas, blood oranges ...
Latest ingredient obsession?
Cauliflower — it seems to be flying off the shelves. We are currently doing it wood-fired with orange brown butter and sea salt.
The one piece of kitchen equipment you can't live without, other than your knives?
We need microplanes.... It's like a fight to get one, and when I buy a new one it's like Christmas.
Favorite kitchen soundtrack?
Mark Knopfler, Phish, Emmylou Harris, any Broadway musical, bluegrass, Snoop Dog, Grateful Dead.... Seriously, I am eclectic when it comes to music. I sang a cappella in college, so I love anything I can sing to.
What's your favorite breakfast?
Breakfast burrito, hands down. Fig at Fairmont puts French fries in theirs. Everyone should do that 'cause it's delicious!
Milo & Olive, 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 453-6776, www.miloandolive.com.