Lucy Lean, that’s me! I wear many different hats and my website Ladles and Jellyspoons is where everything I love and do comes together. Become part of this community – leave comments and share what you cook – I look forward to getting to know you as you get to know me.
I am lucky to know a lot of chefs, they are my friends, and I love nothing more than learning from top chefs, sharing their recipes and techniques and making them accessible for you, the home cook – my goal is to make them SO simple even my kids can cook them.
I am cookbook author and photographer – for my book MADE IN AMERICA: OUR BEST CHEFS REINVENT COMFORT FOOD I travelled the nation and collected traditional American comfort food recipes from 100 of America’s best chefs and transformed them into accessible recipes for the home cook.
I co-produced and edited, plus photographed most of the sumptuous food for Ludo Lefebvre’s 10th Anniversary Edition Crave A Feast of the five Senses. Dishes were cooked up, beautifully styled and then I photographed them for the book – presenting them in a new, modern and accessible way.
I love my outdoor kitchen and especially my fabulous grill. It’s here that I grill up delicious food and sometimes make movies as Girl on Grill showing easy techniques for the perfectly grilled fish, meat and veggies. It was thrilling to be featured on the cover of Grill Magazine, photographed by the super talented Drew Kelly.
As an event producer I create spectacular, memorable and innovatively delicious chef events. I am the Co-Executive Director/Founder of the annual All-Star Chef Classic which debuted LA Live in March 2014, came back for seconds March, 2015 and was back for a third time in March 2016. Stay tuned for dates for 2017.
I am so proud of the many culinary events I have founded – in particular the awesome annual food event Chef Fest at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii – this ultimate culinary getaway just wrapped on its sixth year. It all started with my book Made in America and an idea to host some of America’s best chefs in paradise…
I have also traveled around this enormous country that I now call home as a Food Judge for the casting of Gordon Ramsay’s Fox TV show MasterChef right from season 1 as well as Junior Masterchef when I helped put together a sizzle reel to sell the idea to US execs.
I’m a Brit living in sunny California with my husband and two children, Minty and Rémy. Living so far from England means I’m kind of obsessed with where I grew up, what I know and love and miss and crave… I like nothing more than making a batch of scones with Devon Clotted Cream, strawberry jam and a pot of PG Tips. I also love the Queen, her corgies and any excuse to wave the union flag!
My award winning blog Ladles and Jellyspoons is where I write and showcase my culinary adventures both locally and abroad – cooking at home in my kitchen, entertaining around my dream 16 seater table, visiting restaurants to eat or to learn back of the house, fishing with Chefs on my trips Go Fish!, and exploring Provence during the summers that sadly aren’t endless.
I am the former editor of edible Los Angeles, a much missed quarterly magazine that kept me busy exploring local food culture.
Rémy usually takes the role of Chef and chief taster – he’s my chef of the future and my Boy on Grill. And he has skills – his Thomas Keller Brownies were better than mine, he cracks eggs like a pro, grills perfect steak on the grill and he’s not shy of exotic ingredients. Perhaps this comes down to genetics – his grandfather is Chef/Restaurateur Jean-Jacques Rachou of the late La Cote Basque in New York.
Minty is my beauty guru and fellow blogger, she’s also a talented artist – illustrating the recipes, hosting videos or setting the table beautifully, complete with handwritten placement. Her most recent video series launched with 3 minute Cake in a Cup:
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