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The Hollywood Reporter's 20 Most Influential Chefs in Hollywood

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    Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga
    Kris Tominaga, left, and Brian Dunsmoor
    Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga
    New-Southern Stars

    Today, as every other new menu in town offers biscuits, it's worth remembering that 18 months ago, Tominaga and Dunsmoor prompted the copycatting with their acclaimed Venice pop-up Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and its cornbread-and-pimento-fueled inquiry into Cal-Southern cooking.

    The pair, who first met while working at Abbot Kinney Boulevard mainstay Joe's, unveiled their follow-up, The Hart and the Hunter (7950 Melrose Ave.) in October, with an even more pronounced Dixie flair: shrimp 'n' grits, collard greens, coconut cake.

    "We're about strong flavors but not heavy dishes," says Tominaga. Adds Dunsmoor: "That's our way into this food."

    Where else they eat: La Isla Bonita taco truck at Fourth Street and Rose Avenue in Venice, where they order the whitefish ceviche tostada.

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