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Chef of the Moment: up-and-coming Philip Pretty at under-the-radar Fundamental LA
Chef of the Moment: up-and-coming Philip Pretty at under-the-radar Fundamental LA

Philip Pretty is the executive chef at Fundamental LA, the Westwood Boulevard restaurant that by day is a sandwich shop and by night becomes a charming dinner spot with seasonal California small plates and a three-course menu (plus dessert) for $39 (you might also want to opt for the $18 wine pairings). Born and bred in Southern California, Pretty is a self-taught chef who has worked in kitchens across Los Angeles, including Providence, Sona and Joe’s in Venice. He was chef de cuisine at Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel and executive chef at Axe on Abbot Kinney. On his menu at Fundamental LA: kanpachi sashimi with apple, avocado, cilantro and chile lime; steak tartare with smoked...

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