Our 2017 Guest Chefs: Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
Executive Chefs & Restaurateurs in Los Angeles, CA
James Beard award-winning Los Angeles chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are the owners of Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s, Trois Familia and Kismet. They have been credited with innovating and changing the dining scene in Los Angeles through their critically acclaimed restaurants.
Their partnership began over a decade ago when they met in culinary school at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. While at school, they worked for Michelle Bernstein at The Strand and Mark’s Place by Mark Militello, and after graduation, they traveled west and worked at The Wildflower in Vail, CO. In 2002, they landed in Los Angeles and worked at Chadwick for Benjamin Ford and Govind Armstrong, which would inspire them to launch their initial catering company, Carmelized Productions, which was a huge success. Carmelized Productions paved the way for their own TV show on The Food Network, plus, an award-winning cookbook, but Shook and Dotolo aspired for more. In the spring of 2008, they opened animal and then Son of a Gun in 2011. Shook and Dotolo partnered with French chef, Ludo Lefebvre, and together they opened the highly acclaimed Trois Mec in 2013. The success of Trois Mec inspired the opening of Petit Trois in 2014. Shook and Dotolo opened Jon & Vinny’s in 2015 and in that same year opened Trois Familia in partnership with Lefebvre, as their third collaborative restaurant together. The group’s newest addition is Kismet, which opened in January 2017 with Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson.
Shook and Dotolo have received numerous nominations and awards including Food & Wine’s 2009 Best New Chef, StarChefs’ 2008 Rising Star Chef, and eight James Beard nominations including 2009’s “Best New Restaurant” for animal, 2011’s “Best Chef Pacific”, 2015’s “Best New Restaurant” for Petit Trois, “Outstanding Restaurant Design” for Jon & Vinny’s in 2016 and for Kismet in 2017, and “Best Chef West” in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. The duo took home their first jointly won James Beard Award in May 2016 for “Best Chef West”. In 2013, Shook and Dotolo formed a culinary partnership with Lexus and were named Culinary Masters. In 2015, Shook and Dotolo became the newest All-Clad Chef
Ambassadors. A dream come true for Shook and Dotolo, they partnered with Vans and released a Chef Shoe Line collaboration for animal, Son of a Gun and Jon & Vinny’s in 2016.