‘Master Chef Junior’s’ 14-year old winner takes over downtown’s Drago Centro


The winner of Season 1 of Fox’s “Masterchef Junior” cooking competition is sharpening his knives for a kitchen takeover at Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles.

Alexander Weiss, the 14-year-old budding chef who went up against Drago Centro’s chef de cuisine Ian Gresik in an episode last fall, will return to the kitchen June 27. This time, Weiss will work alongside Gresik to prepare a meal to be served in the restaurant’s private dining room.

There will be one seating at 7 p.m. Dinner will start with hors d'oeuvres, including chicken liver mousse crostini with cherry marmalade, smoked Skuna Bay salmon tartlet, mascarpone and fennel fronds, and a gnocco fritto sandwich with capicola, Gorgonzola cheese and arugula.

The first course will be fresh ricotta cheese, fava beans, peas, garbanzo beans and crispy pancetta, followed by a second course of chitarra pasta, wild mushroom ragout and truffle butter glaze. For the third course, it’s duck breast with heirloom risotto cake, beets, asparagus and radish.


And for a sweet finish: farmers market berries, lavender cannoli and kumquat sorbet.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet Weiss and ask him questions throughout the evening. Dinner is $70 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (213) 228-8998.

525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles,