Elizabeth Hong’s road to the Osteria Mozza kitchen was fated. Hong’s mother is the owner of Parks BBQ, a Los Angeles institution where Hong spent a great deal of time learning the ins and outs of the trade. It seemed only natural that she would later enroll in culinary school in Pasadena, where she “kinda fell in love with it.”

Hong’s first (paying) kitchen gig was alongside Nancy Silverton behind Osteria Mozza’s mozzarella bar. By quickly mastering each station in the kitchen, Hong worked her way to Chef de Cuisine at neighboring Pizzeria Mozza. As Executive Chef of the renowned and beloved Osteria Mozza, Chef Hong carefully adheres to Nancy’s words of wisdom: “Make it nice or make it twice.”

When asked what she does in her spare time, Hong laughed: “What spare time are you speaking of?” Though deeply ensconced in the world of gourmet food, Hong freely admits that her favorite food is ice cream topped with Peanut Butter M&M’s.  

the team

Mario Batali

With restaurants worldwide and a host of television shows, including ABC’s “The Chew,” Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and respected chefs working today. Mario is also the…

Joe Bastianich

Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, alongside partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, owns thirty successful restaurants worldwide including New York City-based Babbo and Del Posto and Carnevino in Las Vegas. In 2010,…

Nancy Silverton

With partners Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich, Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and chi SPACCA…

Dahlia Narvaez

Native Angelena Dahlia Narvaez developed a love for food when cooking for her family after school in Highland Park. Trading the classroom for the kitchen, Narvaez left school for a…