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

Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich is one of America’s preeminent restaurateurs and TV personalities; he is also an author, musician and triathlete. In 2005, Joe was recognized as an Outstanding Wine and Spirits…

Nancy Silverton

Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Newport Beach as well as Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La…

Dahlia Narvaez

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