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.