• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest

The Hollywood Reporter's 20 Most Influential Chefs in Hollywood

Continue reading the list
    O - T
    Tal Ronnen and Ginnifer Goodwin
    Daniel Hennessy
    Tal Ronnen, left, and Ginnifer Goodwin
    Tal Ronnen
    The New Veganism

    In L.A., where vegan restaurants abound, there's been a dearth of high-end spots. Enter 2-month-old Crossroads (8284 Melrose Ave.), backed by Moby and Steve Bing.

    Chef Ronnen -- who catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding -- sends out to a packed room his inspired version of oysters on the half shell (crispy oyster mushrooms atop artichoke leaves, with kelp caviar and a yellow tomato bearnaise) and his kale-based take on spanakopita, accompanied by a harissa-spiced smoked tomato fondue.

    "It's an all-plant-based restaurant without being in your face," Ronnen says. "It's my idea of Mediterranean." Fan Ginnifer Goodwin adds: "There's no reason to preface that it's vegan -- it's just an insanely cool restaurant."

    Favorite dishes of Goodwin: Kale salad with pine nuts, spiced chickpeas with oven-dried tomatoes and "I can't not order the tortelloni." Another fan is Bones' Emily Deschanel, who loves the artichoke oysters and the hearts of palm "crab cakes."

    Where else Ronnen eats: Golden Road, for the cauliflower buffalo wings.

    Click here to read THR's complete Hollywood's Most Influential Chefs list.

    Continue reading the list