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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.

Monthly Archives: June 2011

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 ( 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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Recipes on the Mondavi Web Site

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Television Appearance National Strawberry Short Cake Day

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Television Appearance For National Strawberry Short Cake Day

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Braised Short Ribs on Crostini with Aged Blue Cheese

Serves 6 2 lb Boneless Chuck Short ribs 2 teaspoon Kosher Salt 2 teaspoons Smoky Spanish Paprika ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 1 teaspoons Granulated Garlic ½ teaspoon Dried Basil 2 cups chicken Stock 2 teaspoons Tomato Paste ¼ cup Olive Oil ½ Onion Diced 2 Carrots peeled and diced 2 Stalks Celery 1 Bay […]

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Cold Mussels with Fruit Salsa

Serves 6 1 lb. Green Lip Mussel (black with work also) 4 cups water ½ Lemon ½ Onion skin on diced 2 Stalks Celery diced 2 each carrots diced 1 bay leaf Salsa 4 Strawberry’s diced small 2 each green onions diced small 1 each peach diced small ¼ red onions diced small 2 each […]

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Whipped Cream for Desserts

2 cups Heavy Cream 3Tbs Powder Sugar ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract In a chilled large bowl add the heavy cream, powder sugar and vanilla extract. Whip the mixture with a wire whisk until it gets soft peaks. You can make this 2 hours before you serve this.

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Strawberries For Short Cake

1 lb. Ripe Strawberries (about four Cups) 2 Tbs Granulated Sugar, maybe a little more to taste Rinse the Strawberries under cool water. Let the water hit your hand first and then the strawberries so they won’t get damaged.  Then cut the green stem of the strawberries, measurer about 2 cups of berries and cut […]

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Strawberry Short Cake Biscuits

2 Cups All Purpose Flour and a little extra for rolling 1/3 cup 1 Tbs. Granulated Sugar 2 ½ tsp. Baking Powder ¼ tsp. Baking Soda ½ tsp. Fine Sea Salt 4 oz (1/2 cup Sweet Butter cut into ½ inch pieces 1 Large Egg ½ cup of Heavy Cream ½ cup Buttermilk Preheat the […]

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Chocolate Pound Cake

¾ cup cocoa powder 1 cup flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup butter 1 ½ cup sugar 3 eggs ¾ cup buttermilk First cream the butter and sugar. Sift all of the dry ingredients. When the butter and sugar are creamed, add the eggs one at a […]

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