Osteria Mozza

How Elizabeth Hong went from serving banchan for her allowance to Mozza executive chef

How Elizabeth Hong went from serving banchan for her allowance to Mozza executive chef

The first time Elizabeth Hong worked in a restaurant that wasn't her mother's — we'll get to her mother’s restaurant in a second — was during culinary school, when she externed at Osteria Mozza, the Italian restaurant co-owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in Hancock Park. She returned to work there after graduation, this time as a full-time cook. That was around 2007. Hong is now the executive chef at Osteria Mozza and its sibling restaurant next door, Pizzeria Mozza.

Hong didn’t intend to become a cook. Her mother Jenee Kim, though, loved cooking and Hong remembers Kim cooking constantly. They lived in...

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