A native Angelino, Lynne Friedman, is a private chef and caterer in the Los Angeles area. Laser focused on taking the intimate dinner party to a new level, she creates her over-the-top presentations and authentic international flavors for many private clients, charitable events and entertainment industry professionals. Also, included in Friedman’s skill-set is personal wine making, the art of mixology, and crafting celebratory cakes that sometimes involve moving parts and illumination. Prior to culinary school, she received a Bachelor of Science from UCLA in Mathematics/Applied Science and worked as a CPA and a CFO with a career in international business. After financial success in the world of high tech, Friedman went back to her passions: food and drink. Friedman is also an experienced martial artist involved in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has medalled in the National Championships and World Masters Championships. Friedman has written for The Los Angeles Times and The Malibu Times Magazine and has recently contributed to the literary anthology Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes from the Goldmine.
(Baya Kyaw, a Burmese dish (fried cakes of yellow split peas, coriander, chili and spices served with a yin yang of mint and sweet chili sauces)
What do I do best?
Recipe development. I like to take the building blocks of a particular dish and spend time tweaking the flavors so it is the most pleasing to a person's palate while maintaining the authenticity of the dish's essence. For example, I like to make Indian cuisine that transports a person to India in the best and most luxurious way. And, that approach goes for anything from Southeast Asian food to Southern BBQ.
What makes me the best version of myself?
The unswerving drive to put good things out in the universe. Every dish, cocktail or cake that I create for someone is done as a sort of offering. Nothing is as important, at that moment, than the experience of the food for the sake of the food itself and the greater good of giving someone pleasure.
What are my aspirations?
I'd like to use my recipe development skills and love of science to create an international food line that brings the flavors of world cuisines to the table of a working mom or dad. The product will be affordable, healthy and, most importantly, tasty and fulfilling. In other words, it will be good for the pocketbook and good for the soul.
On the personal side, I'd like to achieve my business goals with a balance in life that allows me to continue making my house a home for my kids, my friends and any future relationship that I might have.
My Biggest Success?
My children. They are good people.
My Most Challenging Moment?
I’ve had a number of challenging moments. In the early 90’s, I went to Russia when it was just opening up to Western style businesses and I helped establish a food and beer distribution company. This period of time was a shaky one, fraught with both business and life threatening challenges. The business grew and we had to leave it behind. After that period, I realized that my pulse can remain steady no matter what the pressure. It was an exciting time and it had a big impact on how I handled subsequent crises.
(An upscale version of the Indian street food Chaat Pate (chickpeas, potatoes, thin slivers of sweet onions, puffed rice and spices covered with panipuri).
"Just be nice." Niceness is underrated and often overlooked. I believe that showing respect for others is essential for a good life.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Teddy Roosevelt (a really cool dude—courageous and progressive)
Julia Child (you have to ask?)
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
The African wilderness. It is so very beautiful. Being there puts you in touch with your own primal being as you come face to face with the most beautiful and powerful animals on earth. Add sunsets and the ability to eat delicious game, and I'm all in.
I also love the Wasatch mountains of Utah, winter or summer.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I love my large assortment of knives and my old school Italian wine press.
My Current Passions?
I have been practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over nine years. It's humbling, challenging, rewarding and it makes me feel alive. I also love to dance--salsa, swing, samba, whatever is playing!