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The Hollywood Reporter's 20 Most Influential Chefs in Hollywood

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    Ludo Lefebvre
    Ludo Lefebvre
    Ludo Lefebvre
    Smaller Is Better

    Already a critical darling from stints at L'Orangerie and Bastide, ABC's The Taste judge Lefebvre pioneered the pop-up model popular among young chefs today with his LudoBites series starting in 2009. It was known for inventive dishes (think uni creme brulee) and difficult reservations -- not just months ahead, but ever.

    In April, Lefebvre returned to bricks-and-mortar with Trois Mec (716 N. Highland), in a strip mall kitty-corner from Mozza. In lieu of reservations, there's advance ticketing (set cost of $75 per person for food) at the 900-square-foot space.

    "The place is so small that every table is a chef's table," says Lefebvre, whose plates -- like barbecued carrots with blood orange, avocado and yogurt -- are militantly pared down. "I'm loving the challenge of restraint."

    Favorite dish of regular Kyle MacLachlan: "Buckwheat popcorn. It's crunchy goodness."

    Where else Lefebvre eats: Ricky's Fish Tacos.

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