Why We Love Nyesha Arrington
Nyesha wants her food to feel like a hug from the inside. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more enthusiastic about taking raw ingredients and creating a work of art—really, really delicious art.
“Every single day that I’ve walked on planet Earth, I’ve done what I can to learn everything in my field and be the best that I can be.”
“When people eat the dish, and they smile or close their eyes, I live for that moment. I want to do that every day, all day.”
Why is LA’s food scene so great?
No question, we have access to such amazing farmers who grow phenomenal produce.
When did you get more interested in sustainability?
'Sustainable' has always been a part of my life. I live a sustainable lifestyle in that I try to not be wasteful. It’s what drives me as a chef.
What did you learn from running two of your own restaurants?
The team is everything. Surrounding yourself with people who support and believe in your vision is paramount.
You grew up in a mixed black and Korean household. What are some of your earliest food memories?
My earliest food memories include eating gumbo one night and Bulgogi another.
You’ve said it’s not fun for you to do the same thing every day. What pushes you to the next thing and to try something new?
I love life, I love the idea of seizing the day! I keep learning life lessons. I’m resilient, I guess. I’m a firm believer in failing upwards.
What gets you the most excited about Morocco?
Food is my craft and love language, so I'm really excited to see taste the tagines, see the rich vibrant colors. I am really excited to see how argan oil is made. And honestly, I just love the idea of connecting with people.
Explore Upcoming Trips with our Tastemakers
Oaxaca with Gregory Gourdet
Explore food, art and culture with Chef Gregory Gourdet. Oaxaca packs in so much of the complex, fascinating culture of Mexico and we'll experience it all—at artist studios, ancient ruins, local markets, street-food stands, hacienda hotels. Join us!
Alaska: Deep Backcountry
Seven days of Alaskan wilderness backpacking, limited to just 10 people tpo maximize our backcountry access. Float planes, snowcapped peaks, camping on pristine glacial lakes, and the rare opportunity to spot grizzly bears in the wild. This is the Alaska of your dreams.
Portugal with Jamie Malone
We'll go deep into Portuguese culture and cuisine: azulejo tiles, Fado music, sparkling wines and vintage ports. Explore taverns and markets, vineyards and farms, and sail through the world’s most gorgeous wine country.