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LANCE CORRALEZ
Executive Chef/ Consultant
Cooking With Corralez (CWC)


Throughout his extensive career in Los Angeles, Award-Winning critically acclaimed chef Lance Corralez has put his unique spin in all aspects of culinary arts while not compromising the taste of his cuisine. He credits his cuisine to cooking with simple ingredients while not sacrificing the taste of the food. As a result of his refusal to compromise on quality of food, image of the restaurant and overall passion for cooking, Corralez is well known in the industry for building some of the best restaurant profits by at least thirty percent. Some of these landmark restaurants include Micky’s West Hollywood, Dukes Coffee Shop on the Sunset Strip, and World Café. He launched several establishments throughout Los Angeles including Barbarella Bar, the trendy Silverlake neighborhood eatery that opened to praises to foodies and critics alike and Bex Grill, in the recently revitalized city of Lancaster.

In 2006, Corralez held the esteemed position as Executive Chef at the Abbey in West Hollywood where he oversaw a kitchen staff of 35 and exceeded profits beyond expectations of the management. As a result of his success at the Abbey, Corralez parlayed his experience into executive management while consulting for a variety of establishments ranging from BBQ to gourmet take-out, and even launching the food program at Angeles National Golf Club. Additionally, Corralez also been cooking privately for some of Hollywood‟s biggest stars in film and television and as a result, expanding his knowledge in and out of the kitchen.

A native Angelino, Corralez has been cooking for over 28 years in and around Southern California, His resume and experience are simple and clear: Corralez incorporates skill with a vast understanding of different cuisines and restaurants concepts to produce profits. A self taught chef, Corralez developed a love of cooking at an early age; he began experimenting in the kitchen as a young boy spending his days at the Original Brown Derby where his mother worked as server.

Working and learning his way through the L.A. restaurant scene, Corralez‟ first prominent position as chef was at the Broadway Bar and Grill in Santa Monica. Other notable stints followed, which led him to Executive Chef at the famed Morton’s restaurant where Corralez was the esteemed chef and the mastermind behind fourteen Vanity Fair Academy Award parties, serving to A-list talent ranging from Robert DeNiro, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Halle Berry, Goldie Hawn, Charlize Thereon and studio executives including Barry Diller and Marvin Davis. Corralez also served as Executive Chef at Echo Park‟s legendary Taix French Restaurant. Aside from working at established restaurants, Corralez also served as General Partner and Executive Chef at Pasadena’s Old Town Bakery adding entrepreneur to his resume and has also been published in a Mary Lou Henner‟s self-help book.

Additionally, Corralez held the Executive Chef title at Bar Celona and Smittys Grill (both in Pasadena), as well as at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades. He was a primary consultant to Food from the Hood, a student owned natural foods company that raised college scholarship funds for LA‟s inner city residents enabling them to become entrepreneurs. The program, a source of great pride for Corralez, was awarded Newsweek‟s American Achievement Award.

Since 2010, Corralez has also been serving as a consultant for some of Hollywood‟s leading executives and celebrities in film and television. Most recently he assisted in the food styling of the successful feature “Little Fockers,” where he helped design many of the turkeys used for the infamous dinner scene. He also assisted in creating unique foods for scenes in NBC‟s hit series “Parenthood.”

In 2011, Corralez created original recipes for “National Blueberry Pancake Day,” and served the cast and crew of the Fox hit show „Glee,” some of his signature pancakes. In April, Corralez was prominently featured in the NBC reality competition series “The Next Great American Restaurant,” where he was paired with an aspiring restauteur hoping to franchise a restaurant concept.

In June, Corralez was featured at the 6th Annual LA Wine Fest where he will be a part of the Robert Mondavi Discovery Wine Tour, offering food pairings to guests and a live cooking demonstration. Corralez marked National Strawberry Shortcake Day on June 14 with appearances in San Diego on “San Diego News in The Morning,” on The CW and in Los Angeles on the KCAL/KCBS News.

In August, Corralez was featured on the Virgin Mobile “Sparah” Web-Series where he taught stars Sarah and Spencer the basics of breakfast. August also marked the launch of Corralez‟ private cooking classes. Corralez exclusively offered first-time students a deal on Living Social, the online marketing couponing service and sold over 100 private lessons to foodies and chefs-to-be.

Category Archives: dining out

Who says that Monday Night Football should be spent in a bar or hanging out in a large noisy room? Not me! I go to Taco night at Barigans
(http://www.barragansrestaurants.com/) in Burbank. A family favoite for years, there are plenty TVs showing the game throughout the dining room. All of their hard shell tacos are $1.00. For a litlle extra $ you can add housemade Guacamole. This is a great deal!! 15 tacos, cup of soup, Two Cadillac Margarita’s 1 cerveza and a Coke all for $54.00. Such a deal!! No virtual coupons needed for this bargain! Locals have know this for years, and now I am sharing (Cooking with Corralez Tip)Tuesday is not the only day for Taco night.
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On the Southern Coast

I had a great time heading to Florida for a couple of days for business. My first stop was Miami. When you think of this great state (Mojitos, Cuban Food, Key Lime Pie). Well for my first stop I decided to get what I have been longing for some great Cuban food. Were else do […]

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No Nuts and Bolts

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Dinner under the Stars (Romance, Beauty and Incredible Food, what more could you ask for?):

As we approached our table at La Cava, in the Las Ventanas resort we were very excited to see what this 7-star resort had to offer on their dining menu. The picturesque dinning room is  simply breathtaking. The  best part is the restaurant is the special view of the resort and the ocean. After we […]

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In the Big Apple

 Peter Luger’s Dessert

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In the Big Apple

As I returned to the Big Apple I’m overwhelmed because there are so many choices to dine. From the 5-Star restaurants to the simple small diners. On my most recent trip in September, I had a few places in mind.  For my first night out I went to a place in Chelsea, called  Co Pane […]

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A Trip Down South

I love going to San Diego and relaxing and catching up with great family and friends. On my most recent trip, I was taken to a restaurant off the beaten path in a small shopping center in Bonita, CA, called Romesco by Saverios (http://www.romescobajamed.com/). This a restaurant that is worth eating at and really got […]

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Vegas: This is a Restaurant town

Every time I go to Las Vegas the lights, shows and gambling make me want to party all night long.  We had a wonderful experience ringing in my birthday during my annual trip to Sin City. For dinner the first night I went to the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill in the new hip […]

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The Windy City

The Windy City: Earlier this month, I  took my very first trip to Chicago, to visit family, friends and of course, the restaurants.  I was so happy to venture out to Chi-Town to see what the fuss was all about and let me tell you–I was impressed! The first place I went to was Davanti […]

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New in the Neighborhood

Living in the Studio City area, there are not a lot of local neighborhood spots. Just a couple of weeks ago,  I discovered The Black Market (http://www.blackmarketliquorbar.com/). This was the location of The Wine Bistro. They remodeled the spot and its nice and open with brick, dark woods and booths around the perimeter of the […]

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Down South

On the Memorial weekend I ventured down south to San Diego, I decided to go check out the Brigantine (http://www.brigantine.com/) They are know for their Seafood and Steaks. When I first walked in I liked the interior and the hostess was very attentive and nice. She sat us at a outside table looking over the […]

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