Elizabeth Hong mastered the stations - mozzarella bar, chef de cuisine at Pizzeria Mozza - in several of Nancy Silverton’s white hot restaurant empire in partnership with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich before being named Executive Chef of Osteria Mozza.
Hong is part of Los Angeles restaurant royalty; her mother, Jenee Kim, owns the beloved Park’s BBQ in Koreatown. Her mother opened a staple to Angelenos in Parks BBQ and Liz spent a great deal of time in that restaurant learning the ins and outs of her eventual trade. It seemed only natural that she would later enroll herself in culinary school in Pasadena, where she “kinda fell in love with it.” As her mom Jenee Kim remembers it, she didn’t really think Elizabeth would become a chef, but did encourage her to go to culinary school at Cordon Bleu.
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.