Test Kitchen LA Opens Wednesday, August 18
The official press release…
The City’s Hottest Chefs and Mixologists Converge
at Innovative New Take on Pop-Up Dining
More than just a pop-up, the innovative concept gives the city’s hottest chefs a dedicated space to “test” their latest creations and preview new ideas along with – for the fortunate few who snag a table – the opportunity to taste items you’ll never see on the menu twice. “The Test Kitchen project is the beginning of a great transformation and although it is a tremendous amount of work, the chance to collaborate with this many great chefs and mixologists is a once in a career opportunity,” shares Chait. The Test Kitchen will feature an equally extensive cocktail program guided by Rivera’s Julian Cox. Each chef will be paired with some of the city’s top mixologists, including Joel Black (Caña, Comme Ça) and Matthew Biancaniello (Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar), crafting artisan cocktails to complement the testing chef’s style and cuisine.
First to fire up the Test Kitchen is Chef Jordan Kahn Wednesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 22.. Kahn is an up-and-coming young chef who has worked at The French Laundry, Alinea, and Per Se and will be testing creations for the highly anticipated opening of Red Medicine with Umami’s Adam Fleischman. Diners can look forward to an inspired $40 prix fixe menu of 12 dishes including bay scallops with pomelo, young ginger, tamarind syrup, puffed tapioca and charred friseé, and a Saigon tartine of pork belly, pate, coriander, carrot pickle and green chili. Kahn will be joined by Red Medicine Partner and GM, Noah Ellis and Bar Manager Matthew Doerr, pouring inspired libations like a cocktail of Batavia Arrack, lime, tamarind, demerera and condensed milk foam.
Following Kahn, Zarate will take the helm for a night on August 24, followed by a star chef studded line-up to be released online as their “tests” near, including John Rivera Sedlar testing R26 – a restaurant inspired by 26 nations and regions in South America, Central America, Spain, Mexico, and the Hispanic Caribbean. An enthusiastic Zarate exclaims, “Be ready to experience the food I’ve been working on for over a year now. New recipes, ballsy flavors and much more. Very exciting!”
Test Kitchen is located at 9575 West Pico Blvd. LA 90035. Dinner will be served Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 6:00pm, with the last seating at 10:30pm. Tables are limited and reservations will be available online only through the Test Kitchen site. Limited seats will be held for walk-ins.