She and business partner Caroline Styne are the owners of dining hot spots A.O.C. and Lucques. She also opened the unassuming yet casually sophisticated Hungry Cat in Hollywood with her husband and fellow chef, David Lentz, adding yet another gem to her culinary crown.
She shares with us one of her favorite recipe:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toast the hazelnuts on a sheet pan approximately 8-10 minutes, until they smell nutty and are a light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and toss with one teaspoon of hazelnut oil and salt. When they have cooled, chop roughly.
2. Place the chopped shallots, pomegranate juice, sherry and rice wine vinegars in a medium bowl with a one-fourth teaspoon of salt. Let the shallots macerate for 5-10 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil and the remaining one tablespoon of hazelnut oil. Taste and adjust if necessary.
3. In a large salad bowl, toss the arugula, sliced shallots and pomegranate seeds with the dressing, a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently toss in the persimmons and hazelnuts. Toss again and taste for final seasoning.