The start of the year, and the Restaurant business in Los Angeles is changing in all kinds of funky ways. This from the Los Angeles Times:

Matt Molina, who helped build the white-hot Mozza restaurant empire with Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, has left the kitchen.

 

Molina was chef de cuisine for both the pizzeria and the osteria from the time they opened in 2007, and helped run the kitchen supporting Chi Spacca. In 2008, he was nominated for “Rising Star Chef” and “Best New Restaurant” awards by the James Beard Foundation and he was named the best chef for the Pacific coast in 2012.

 

He has been replaced by Elizabeth Hong, who had been running the pizzeria kitchen. Hong is part of Los Angeles restaurant royalty; her mother, Jenee Kim, owns the beloved Park’s BBQ in Koreatown.

Dang. For reals? That is royalty.

Molina said the decision to leave was his and that he was going to take some time off to explore different options.

This is all too bad. You can read the rest at the Los Angeles Times.