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Inside M.A.K.E., L.A.'s Hottest New Raw Food Eatery

Chef Matthew Kenney's plant-based cuisine in the Santa Monica Place mall gets a high-tech makeover.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Raw food is known for being hippie, not haute.

Enter classically trained chef Matthew Kenney, whose plant-based cuisine gets a high-tech makeover at M.A.K.E., his three-month-old cafe dedicated to the uncooked and the unprocessed at Santa Monica Place mall.

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Modernist cooking tools like thermal immersion circulators and high-speed blenders are brought to bear on such dishes as an appetizer of sous vide portobello mushrooms with avocado and coconut “bacon” ($12) and kimchi dumplings with sesame foam ($12).

Kenney -- whose private clients have included Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady -- also has an adjoining cooking school, where pro and amateur chefs can take weekend-intensive classes ($575) in his rigorous raw style. 395 Santa Monica Place.

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