Hayden Chef Seeks to Create Place of Community | THR Eats

Ari Kolender, chef and partner at Hayden, says that his Los Angeles restaurant is "an expression of what I think the neighborhood needs."

For Chef Ari Kolender, working in a restaurant is an intersection of his passions. 

"Cooking for me is a mix of one, really loving chemistry, two, really loving to eat and also just ... making people happy," says Kolender, chef and partner at Hayden, a cafe and wine shop in Culver City. 

Hayden serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with favorites like the crispy waffles and Japanese breakfast bowl that Kolender served to The Hollywood Reporter

"Hayden is for me, I guess, an expression of what I think the neighborhood needs," he says. "I want this to be a place of community and a place that anyone can come to at any time of day and grab a simple, quick, delicious dish."

For Kolender, Los Angeles is the best place to be for fresh produce any time of the year, which allows him to experiment with a seasonal menu. 

"To be creative with your cooking, it's very important stay active in your community, active in a global community, and use your kitchen as a test lab," he says. 

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