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The Vongerichtens Are Here to Stay in LA!

The culinary team at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, from left: Steve Benjamin, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Deden Putra and Richard Archuleta

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/18/17 – On Thursday, June 1st, 2017 the twelve-story Waldorf-Astoria Hotel located at 9850 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills opened its doors during a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Designed by world-renowned firm Pierre-Yves Rochon LLC and located next door to the Beverly Hilton, the West Coast’s Waldorf-Astoria is sure to become a celebrity hot spot!

A digital rendering of the new fine dining restaurant. (Photo: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)

On the same day, acclaimed and beloved superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten launched two restaurants–Jean-Georges Beverly Hills and the Rooftop Lounge by Jean-Georges–as well as in-room dining at this opulent Art Deco space.  Vongerichten was more than delighted to relocate to LA from New York, saying, “Most of my ingredients eight months during the year come from LA.  This is our garden, and I’m coming to the source. . . .The ethnicity of the food here is fantastic!”

WELCOME JEAN-GEORGES–World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is opening his first restaurant on the West Coast at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Pictured (from left): Richard Archuleta, chef de cuisine; Vongerichten; Ben Alagem, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills owner; Steve Benjamin, executive chef; and Deden Putra, executive pastry chef.

About a third of Vongerichten’s restaurant offerings are vegetarian, using almost all organic and sustainable California fruits, vegetables, and seafood.  The rooftop has a juice bar and vibrant menu of multicultural bites.

Vongerichten believes there is something for everyone on his simply prepared yet ultra sophisticated fusion menus.  He has already made close connections with established international chefs in our area such as Wolfgang Puck to get the word out about his new Waldorf-Astoria eateries.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

At the age of 60 Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most famous chefs responsible for the operation and success of a constellation of three and four star restaurants worldwide.  He has made culinary history and developed a reputation as remarkable as his food by tapping his deep understanding of the restaurant world and pairing it with his forward-thinking vision.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Born and raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace, Vongerichten apprenticed with Paul Haeberlin and Paul Bocuse prior to working under master chef Louis Outhier at L’Oasis in southern France.  With this impressive three-star Michelin background, Jean-Georges traveled to Asia and continued his training at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok; the Meridien Hotel in Singapore; and the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong.

General Manager Diego Ruiz de Porras

In 1985 Vongerichten arrived in the United States under the auspices of Louis Outhier, opening the Le Marquis de Lafayette restaurant in Boston.  A year later he arrived in New York to take over the Executive Chef position at Lafayette in the Drake Swissôtel, earning four stars from THE NEW YORK TIMES at the age of 29.

With regards to the restaurant’s main menu, Vongerichten revealed that his incoming all-day eatery will be a compilation of hits

The eclectic flair of Jean-George Vongerichten’s globally inspired offerings has won him wide praise around the world.  In 1991 he and financier Phil Suarez opened a bistro, JoJo, which was named Best New Restaurant of the Year and earned three stars from THE NEW YORK TIMES.  The food took the breath away from diners and critics alike!

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 

In March 1997, Vongerichten opened Jean-Georges Restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower, earning a four-star review from THE NEW YORK TIMES less than three months after opening and the “Chef of the Year Award” from ESQUIRE.  In September 1997, he opened Vong in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, which Robb Report gave the “Best Restaurant in the World” award in 1998.

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 24: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten attends Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit’s Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on April 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit)

In June 2009 Vongerichten catered a dinner party at the home of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Guests included New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton.

Jean-George Vongerichten’s signature cuisine abandons the traditional European use of heavy meat stocks and creams and instead features the intense flavors and textures from fruit essences, herbal vinaigrettes, light broths, and vegetable juices just like this reporter’s own home culinary creations.  Jean-Georges’ vision has redefined industry standards and revolutionized the way we eat.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR Magazine

Jean-Georges Vongerichten has published several cookbooks reflecting his influential style of cooking, including SIMPLE CUISINE (Wiley, 1990); COOKING AT HOME WITH A FOUR STAR CHEF (Broadway Books, 1998), for which he won the Best Cookbook Award from the James Beard Foundation in 1999; and SIMPLE TO SPECTACULAR (Broadway Books, 2000).

Jean-Georges Vongerichten Makes West Coast Debut at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

In October 2007, Vongerichten released ASIAN FLAVORS OF JEAN-GEORGES that features beloved recipes from his restaurants Spice Market, Vong, and 66.  Most recently, he released HOME COOKING WITH JEAN-GEORGES: MY FAVORITE SIMPLE RECIPES (Clarkson Potter, 2011).

Waldorf Astoria / Beverly Hills

Jean-Georges is involved in every aspect of his restaurants – concept, menu, architectural design, staff selection and trainings – in an ongoing effort to create restaurants that are both timely and enduring.  Inspired by his travels, he is constantly developing fresh concepts and evolving as a chef and restaurateur, both adapting to and impacting the global culinary landscape.

Ahi Tuna Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel, CA

Additions since then include NBC’s LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and GOOD DAY CAFE.  He also co-hosts his wife Marja’s PBS series, KIMCHI CHRONICLES.

Exterior Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)

Marja Vongerichten is an adoptee of African-American and Korean descent born in Uijeongbu on the outskirts of Seoul whose KIMCHI CHRONICLES was designed as part travelogue, part food narrative, and part documentary of self-discovery.  Marja serves up both Korean cuisine and culture with style while telling her own unique life story throughout the series. 

Rooftop: The deck boasts six private cabanas, gas fireplaces, a living green wall

Each episode of KIMCHI CHRONICLES begins in Korea, where Marja, Jean-Georges, their daughter Chloe, and special celebrity guests such as Heather Graham and Hugh Jackman travel to different areas of Korea and taste their local foods.  All then return to New York where they recreate Korean recipes specifically tailored for a modern American kitchen. Episodes cover different categories of food such as meats, seafood, soups, and noodles, providing a comprehensive overview of Korean food.


This innovative show was sponsored by the Visit Korea Committee, Korean Food Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  The production company for the show was Frappé, Inc.  A companion cookbook was released by Rodale Books in 2011.

Marja Vongerichten says her daughter prefers Korean food to husban Jean-Georges’ cooking.

THT warmly welcomes Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten to LA and cannot wait to review their many creative productions!  Read more about this remarkable pair on their respective sites:

Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten’s Christmas: Her Korean-inspired holiday dishes.