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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.

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 Leaf

½ Cup Red Wine

1 Baguette cut at a angle into 1/8 inch pieces

Combine the Salt, paprika, pepper, granulated garlic, and basil in a small bowl. Dust the short ribs with the spice mixture. In a large sauté pan over medium heat add the olive oil, when this begins to smoke a little, add the short ribs.  Brown the short ribs on all sides. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. When they are brown: place the short ribs in a baking dish,that is about six inches deep.  Add the onions, celery and carrots sauté till lightly glazed. Add the tomato paste, bay leaf and cook for 5 minutes all over a medium flame. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, reduce this by half. Then add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then place this mixture over the short ribs and cover.  Cook in the oven for 3 hours. Before you take the ribs out, check to make sure that they are very tender so when they cool you can pull them apart easy. Then take the rib out of the liquid and let cool for 1 hour. Save the juice from the short ribs so you can reheat them in their juices before serving them.   

While the short ribs are cooling you can make the crostini’s. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dip the bread in the olive oil and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

When you pull the short ribs apart: place meat in a medium sauté pan, with some of the liquid that the sort ribs cooked in. Cook over a medium flame, until it comes to a light boil. Turn down the flame to a low simmer. Place on Top of the crostini and garnish with some blue cheese. Enjoy.

June 15, 2011 - 2:14 pm Ann Storc - Had a sample of this delicious dish at the Mondavi exhibit at the LA Taste of Wine event. Lance made it look so easy that I am going to try this recipe. Thank you Chef Lance

June 15, 2011 - 7:44 pm Ann Storc - Success.I tried the recipe and thanks to Lance it was quick, easy and delicious.

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