OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD: AUTONOMY FARMS
May 27, 2018
Los Angeles / Autonomy Farms
This is the most productive farming region in the world. It also has a beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Just the other side of the Grapevine, an hour and 27 minutes from downtown L.A., farmer Meredith is making a go of it. Meredith abandoned a safe corporate job to follow a potentially less secure path - starting her own farm. Now instead of spreadsheets she has chickens and livestock and vegetables and a farm dog. Our guest chefs are steeped in the storied culinary traditions of Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Lopez started Guelaguetza in 1994. Today, daughter Bricia and her siblings are at the helm of this Koreatown favorite, which Jonathan Gold calls the best Oaxacan restaurant in the country. Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins, a recent Top Chef competitor, takes time out from her new restaurant in San Diego to contribute her bold take on the rich diversity of Mexico's regional cuisine. For dessert, Otium pastry chef extraordinaire Allison Osorio comes out to the country from her kitchen off L.A.'s Grand Avenue.