Ludo Lefebvre

Mentor / Judge


Ludovic Lefebvre is the creator of LudoBites, a guerilla style “pop-up” restaurant event occurring annually in Los Angeles, California. Lefebvre details his experiences with the original event in his book, LudoBites: Recipes and Stories from Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre, by showcasing seven occurrences. His first cookbook, Crave, was released in 2005.

Lefebvre’s unique style in the kitchen is an amalgamation of simplicity and creativity. Lefebvre discovered his culinary identity while undergoing his training in France. Lefebvre spent thirteen years in the top restaurants in France, including Restaurant L’Esperance, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, Arpege, and Le Grande Vefour. From there, Lefebvre ventured to Los Angeles, California, and made a name for himself by working at L’Orangerie, and where he became promoted to head chef.

Ludo is carrying the flag for Los Angeles modern fine dining with Trois Mec, his first brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in April 2013 in partnership with chef friends, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Trois Mec has earned 4 stars from both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly, named Best New Restaurant by LA Weekly, featured in Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant List for 2013, included in GOOP's List of Best Tasting Menus in the World under $100, and graced the January 2014 cover of Los Angeles Magazine. Food & Wine magazine (Dec. 2013) awarded Trois Mec with the #1 Best Restaurant Dish of 2013.

In September 2013, Ludo opened LudoBird, a fried chicken-focused concession stand at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ludo is the first chef to partner with Staples Center to open a counter, and is currently one of the only alternatives to traditional arena food stands in the venue.

Only in his thirties, Lefebvre’s success is astounding. Recognized as one of the world’s 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateaux, he was also a nominee for the James Beard Foundation Rising Chef Award in 2001. In addition to his impressive resume, Lefebvre also appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and The Today Show.

Lefebvre was born in Burgundy, France in 1971. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife, Kristine.

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