Neal Fraser

Chef

Los Angeles

After spending time as a line cook at Wolfgang Puck’s Eureka Brewery and Restaurant in Los Angeles, chef Neal Fraser headed east for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he collaborated with some of the most well-known chefs in the industry, Thomas Keller and David Burke. He returned to Los Angeles with positions at top-notch eateries Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Bistro, Puck’s Spago and Hans Rockenwagner’s Rox. In 1995, Fraser opened Boxer as the executive chef and part owner, and in 1998, he debuted Rix in Santa Monica as executive chef. After a short stint at Jimmy’s in Beverly Hills, he fulfilled his dream of opening his own restaurant, Grace, in 2003, and followed it up with his popular BLD restaurant. In fall 2012, he embarked on a new concept: gourmet hot dogs at Fritzi Dog.

  • On April 4, 2013
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    What is Neal Fraser’s favorite airline?

    My favorite airline is probably Cathay Pacific. The food is great; the service is great — I like Asian airlines much more than American airlines. You feel taken care of, even in coach, which the majority of the time I fly. It feels like a business-class service, although you’re only in coach.
  • On April 4, 2013
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    What are Neal Fraser’s favorite restaurants?

    I’d say Blue Hill at Stone Barns. [I like] the whole 60-acre farm and that they grow almost all their ingredients on the premises; just the style of the food and how much attention to detail they take on everything from their event space, to their kitchen, to their root cellar to their vegetables and how they raise their turkeys and pigs and chickens on property. Just how they’re kind of doing on a macro-scale what most people are just kind of scratching at. They’re doing it at a very high level in a very big space. They’re managing 60 acres, where I think I’d have a hard time managing a raised bed.
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    What are Neal Fraser’s favorite cities?

    Kyoto, Japan. Hanoi, Vietnam. I like the culture, food and overall aesthetic of the cities — how they kind of work. I love traveling to New York City for the food and the culture. I just think New York is a great place to be. There’s always something interesting to do. There’s never a dull moment.
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    How does Neal Fraser come up with his menus?

    I don’t like to use the same product twice in two dishes. I try to keep my menu small enough that it can be executed at a high level. I try to have a variation of shellfish and finfish, and meat and poultry with vegetarian and vegan options. I like to get inspired by the farmers market and the seasons. Although that’s sometimes hard to do in Los Angeles because it’s nice here all the time. We get heirloom tomatoes sometimes in January. I try to my best ability to cook with the seasons and be inspired by new ingredients that I find that I feel are unique and fun to work with.