Chef Ludo Lefebvre is one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles dining, pioneering and revolutionizing the culinary industry. After training in France for 12 years with the great masters Ludovic—or “Ludo”—Lefebvre came to Los Angeles to quickly be awarded prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two different restaurants, L’Orangerie in 1999 and 2000 and Bastide in 2006. He then went to challenge the definition of what a restaurant is, by creating his uber-popular LudoBites concept, a multi-city restaurant tour.
Ludo now carries the flag for “refined”dining in Los Angeles with his restaurant Trois Mec, which has been named both Esquire and GQ Magazines list of Best New Restaurants and topped the list for both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. Additionally Trois Mec earned the top spot on Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Restaurant Dishes of the Year for 2013. Trois Mec was named Best Restaurant in Los Angeles by LA Weekly for 2014, 2015 and 2017. In July 2014 Ludo opened his new “Bar a la carte” concept, Petit Trois, which has quickly received serious praise from LA’s top food critics. Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold said: “there may be no better plate of escargot in town than at the new Petit Trois.” LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell, simply said, “the best omelette I have ever had. It is not the only dish at Petit Trois that falls into this category. Let’s see, what else? The best jambon beurre sandwich. The best croque-monsieur. The best escargot.” Angeleno Magazine’s Lesley Balla called it “Petit Perfection.” Petit Trois was a James Beard Finalist for Best New Restaurant in 2015. The second location of Petit Trois will be opening in Sherman Oaks in late 2017. In October 2015, Ludo, along with business partners, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo opened Trois Familia, a fun breakfast/lunch restaurant in Silver Lake. With the addition of a wine and beer program, Trois Familia will begin dinner service in late 2017.
Not only does Ludo operate the best restaurants in Los Angeles, but he is quickly becoming known as a master of an American favorite, fried chicken, with his highly successful LudoBird concept that stands brightly on the main course of LA’s premiere event entertainment venue, STAPLES Center, and a second location at Universal Studios City Walk Hollywood.
Ludo has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Chefs” by Relais & Chateaux and was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for a “Rising Star Chef” Award. Ludo starred in the ABC hit cooking competition, The Taste, for three seasons, along side, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Marcus Samuelsson. which will begin airing Season 3 on December 4, 2014. Recently, Ludo was the star of the 5th season of PBS’s Mind of a Chef, hosting 8 episodes. In July 2017, Ludo appeared along side Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, in the Apple mini-movie for Siri, entitled Dominate The Day.
Ludo shares his love of home cooked meals by creating the web-only series, Ludo à la Maison. You can check out the episodes on Ludo’s website, or on www.foodandwine.com.
Ludo is the author of two cookbooks, LudoBites, Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre and Crave, A Feast of the Five Senses which first edition sold out and was released as a special 10th Anniversary limited edition.