A LA native, Citrin discovered his passion for food from his family at an early age. His mother was a caterer and both grandmothers cooked and enjoyed good food. Their knowledge, combined with his passion for cooking and business, led to his desire to pursue a culinary career. Citrin educated himself by moving to Paris after graduating from Santa Monica High School. He worked for three years at fine Parisian restaurants from Vivarois to La Poste. In 1990 he returned to the U.S. and began working at Wolfgang Puck’s venerable restaurants, Chinois on Main, and Granita.
Citrin launched his first restaurant, JiRaffe in 1996. JiRaffe was pioneered together with childhood friend and fellow chef Raphael Lunetta. Citrin’s lifelong dream of opening his own fine dining establishment led to the sale of his interest in JiRaffe to Lunetta. In 1999 Mélisse opened its doors to critical acclaim in Santa Monica. In 2004 Citrin partnered with Lunetta again to open Lemon Moon.
Citrin’s recent honors include, Two Stars by Michelin Guide Los Angeles, #1 for Top Food in Los Angeles and #1 American-French Restaurant for Food in Los Angeles by Zagat Guide, Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide, Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence, Top 40 Restaurants by Gayot.com since 2006, “Top Ten New Chefs” by Food and Wine magazine, and was named among Best Chefs of the Year by Los Angeles magazine.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks Pacific Coast