Mind of a Chef, Starring Ludo!


I am BEYOND thrilled that my friend Ludo Lefebvre will be featured on season 5 of Mind of a Chef (MOAC), one of my very favorite shows. If you love cooking, travel and the science of food, definitely plan to tune in or check out past episodes on the official site. MOAC is narrated by Anthony Bourdain, who stars in Parts Unknown another favorite show of mine.

I first met Ludo back in 2009 when he and his wife Krissy started the popup restaurant craze called LudoBites. Over the years, I’ve joined him in the kitchen, on the job and he’s even spent time in my home kitchen for family dinners. In fact, my entire family adores Ludo (and his wife Krissy). We shared many, many fun nights at various LudoBites and continue to support every venture.

Ludo’s restaurants in Los Angeles include Trois FamiliaPetit TroisTrois Mec and Ludo Bird. Perhaps you’ve seen Ludo on television? His TV stints include The TasteLudo Bites AmericaNo Reservations, and more. Still not familiar with the incredibly talented and handsome French chef? Read his bio here.

Last weekend a group of us original LudoBites fans were invited to a reunion of sorts, to tape an episode for Mind of a Chef. We gathered at Ludo’s home and reminisced about the good old days, which included TASTING those memories as well. As we stood around Ludo’s gourmet kitchen, he cooked up old favorites from his LudoBites Cookbook. Look for the episode on the next season of Mind of a Chef.


Chef Ludo and his wife Krissy greeting us in their beautiful kitchen.


Not your grandmother’s pasta. Chef Ludo’s squid pasta.


Squid Pad Thai by Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Recipe on page 264 in LudoBites Cookbook.


Chef Ludo plating his ham sandwich soup (seriously).


Ham Sandwich Soup by Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Recipe on page 164 of LudoBites Cookbook.


Chef Ludo slicing tuna.


Besides the tuna, Ludo also prepped foie gras, tobiko fish eggs and lychees for the next dish.


Mayo, tobiko and Sambal sauce too.


Chef Ludo searing the foie gras.


Blow torch action (mayo, tobiko and Sambal sauce)… almost done… it’s so worth the wait!


Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Hot Foie Gras Dynamite with Raw Tuna, Lychee and Cracker Puree. Recipe on page 224 of LudoBites Cookbook.


Vadouvan is a French curry spice mix (Ludo makes his own). The first time I tried it was at LudoBites, so I was pleased to see him cooking with it for the reunion.


Butter with monkfish.


Monkfish being plated with veg.


Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Monkfish, Légumes de la Jardinière with Vadouvan. The recipe is on page 175 of the LudoBites Cookbook.


Panna Cotta and Caviar… for dessert??


YES, yes, a thousand times yes! This is one of Ludo’s best creations (in my opinion). A salty-sweet perfect ending to a super fun day. Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta, Caramel and Caviar. The recipe is on page 301 of the LudoBites Cookbook.


LudoBites fans forever! Left to right: KevinDiana, Will, Josh, myself, Esther.

Huge thanks to ZPZ and Mind of a Chef for such a magical day!

About Chef Ludo

About Mind of a Chef

Live Mind of a Chef blog about our day with Ludo

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Follow Chef Ludo on twitter @ChefLudo

Follow Mind of a Chef on twitter @MindofaChef

Follow Zero Point Zero Productions on twitter @ZPZproduction

Follow Anthony Bourdain on twitter @Bourdain

Mind of a Chef website

Ludo’s website

More Ludo Photos

Already a fan of Chef Ludo? I tweet daily Ludo news over at @LudoBitches! Nice mention in his cookbook here.

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