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Chef Jonathan Wood, InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Feb 1, 2017
February 2017

CHEF JONATHAN WOOD, executive chef and director of food and beverage, InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills, incorporates elements of the authentic Korean dishes and preparation methods from his childhood in Kansas City. Combined with touches of traditional comfort foods and global cuisine, he delivers wildly creative but approachable cuisine, cuisine travelers can now sample at the hotel’s new signature restaurant, Mari Los Angeles. It represents the final phase of the property’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar renovation.

Mari not only showcases Chef Wood’s passions but also those of the hotel owner, who was inspired by her Japanese heritage and global travels. The menu is a mix of influences, from Italy and Indonesia to Peru and India. Serving three meals a day, Mari greatly benefits from the abundance of farm-fresh ingredients in the Southern California city.

Before joining InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills in 2008 and being promoted to executive chef in 2010, Chef Wood graduated with honors from The Culinary Institute of America and cooked at some of the finest restaurants in Boston, Kansas City and Los Angeles.

WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR COOKING/MENUS?
I’ve traveled to some amazing places in my life: Asia, Europe and Latin America, to name just a few. Experiencing different styles of cooking (from rustic to elaborate) and unique or indigenous ingredients is really exciting. I think these experiences translate to chefs and travelers, both. Exploring the culture of food, socializing around food and learning from locals is what inspires me. And when it’s time to return home, it’s a pleasure bringing these experiences back into the kitchen and sharing with my culinary team.

WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO?
Iron Chef Sakai; when I was young, I watched a lot of Iron Chef Japan on television. Chef Hiroyuki Sakai always seemed cool, calm and collected on screen. And his chef skills in the kitchen were amazing. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to actually cook beside him at a fundraising event in Los Angeles. Initially it was intimidating for me, but that didn’t last long. Chef Sakai was so kind and generous with his knowledge that I became an even bigger fan, if possible.

WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE, AND HOW?
I am classically trained in French cooking, and my style continues to embrace other influences. However, I’m emotionally connected to food through my childhood and family. As a Korean-American growing up in the Midwest, the best dishes were always found on my mother’s or grandmother’s table.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY?
Tokyo — that city is packed with delicious food.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE?
There are chefs doing interesting blends with food, science and art. And I appreciate the creativity and hard work that goes into those preparations. But I’m also seeing a lot more “going back to the basics” and keeping things simpler. That is, letting ingredients shine for themselves by scaling back recipes and the number of components in dishes.

InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills

2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
tel 310 284 6500
intercontinentallosangeles.com

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