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By Colleen Dunn Bates | Photos by Vanessa Stump

Published May 2016

Philip Pretty is one of the best chefs you never heard of in L.A., quietly cooking exceptional food at Fundamental in Westwood. A Long Beach native, Pretty jumped at the chance to work near home when he got an offer to partner with Dana and Rob Robertson, owners of Retro Row’s Restauration. And Long Beach’s culinary scene is very much the better for it.

Pretty is committed to sustainability, growing some of his produce in the wall garden lining the patio dining area, procuring as many organic, local ingredients as possible, and creating lots of beautiful plant-based dishes, from the cauliflower steak to the excellent Farmlot 59 salad. His lack of pretension is particularly refreshing. Sure, he can fancy it up, as he does with the lovely and superbly flavorful composition of asparagus, leeks, Burrata, hard-boiled egg, walnut pesto, and a sherry-bacon dressing. But he’s equally committed to doing a good job with the simple pleasures: a burger (beef or falafel), a pizza (meatball or rapini), a market-vegetable omelet for brunch. He doesn’t always nail it—I was very disappointed in a bland gnocchi with mushrooms and Parmesan one night—but most of his menu is terrific, the sort of cooking that had me wishing I lived within walking distance.

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A Long Beach native, Chef Pretty has traveled around Los Angeles for the last nine years serving as executive chef in notable kitchens, including fundamentalLA and AXE. He also served as Chef de Cuisine with Gordon Ramsey at The London and Sous Chef at Joe’s in Venice.
At Restauration, Chef Pretty continues to create unique comfort food cuisine using only the freshest ingredients with local farm lots, farmer’s markets and other local purveyors.

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