It Appears Two Culinary Vets May Soon Open a New Concept

An ABC application filed by Justin Hilbert and Matt Bronfeld of Matthew Kenney Cuisine suggests something is coming to The Chairman space
It Appears Two Culinary Vets May Soon Open a New Concept
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Matthew Kenney Cuisine’s Director of Culinary Operations Justin Hilbert and COO Matt Bronfeld recently filed an ABC application under 19JHMB, LLC for the space at 1200 E. 5th Street, formerly home to Chef Hiroo Nagahara’s Asian street-food experiment, The Chairman.

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In addition to contacting Hilbert for comment, What Now Los Angeles reached out to Chef Matthew Kenney to find out if the incoming concept is an MKC-related project. Neither Hilbert nor Kenney opted to respond. 

Matthew Kenney Cuisine is responsible for a slew of plant-based restaurants around the world, including varying iterations in Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Rhode Island, Costa Rica, Dubai, Buenos Aires, and more. 

What’s more, both Justin Hilbert and Matt Bronfeld are hospitality industry vets, bringing with them decades of experience and passion. Hilbert has spent the past 20 years working in top kitchens such as Maude, Mugaritz, and wd-50, while Bronfeld has over 14 years of experience working in multi-unit management, event production, bartending, and restaurant operations.

While not much is known about what’s to come, one thing remains clear: There will be an unmatched level of care and consideration put forth for this incoming project. 

This article will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Amanda Peukert

Amanda Peukert is a Los Angeles-based writer with a love for tattoos, music, food, and film. She received her BA and MFA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her work has appeared in/on SPIN, LA Taco, Tattoodo, Skin Deep, and Tattoo Energy. When she’s not writing, you can catch her listening to Alice in Chains and Tupac, or watching movies like The Crow and Halloween while eating tacos and drinking a cold beer.
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