Meet Lee Gross – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Personal Chef

Dinner at M Cafe on Melrose, where I meet Chef Lee Gross and see a bunch of celebs.

I’ve blogged about M Cafe about a million times.  It’s no secret that it’s one of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants!  We almost always spot celebrities there – which you already know if you follow me on twitter.  The last person I mention below is Lee Gross, one of M Cafe’s consulting chefs.  He is in town to launch a few seasonal summer items.

Lee is also Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal chef!  When I ask what inspires his creations, he replies, “Life.”

Lee’s life must be pretty amazing, because his food is beyond words.  Tonight, M Cafe invites me to try two “secret” dishes that you won’t find on their menus.  But they are available for those in-the-know.

First, Chili Cheese Fries.

And second, the Loaded Burger.

The organic fries are covered in Chili Beans and Daiya Cheese.

The “Loaded” version is their Big Macro,with the addition of Tempeh Bacon and Fresh Avocado.

Comes with a choice of your side – we got their famous Kale, of course.

The fries are first to go – they needed to be eaten with a fork.

Everything is hearty and comforting; perfect for those skeptical of the “vegan” or “macrobiotic” label.  Loved the extra chew on the burger too.

We can’t resist dessert and fork over $7 for this strawberry shortcake.

Well worth $3.50/each – creamy, loaded with fruit, and completely naturally sweetened – with no eggs or dairy.


26 thoughts on “Meet Lee Gross – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Personal Chef

  1. Sara K

    I’ve never tried Daiya, I’m curious though to see how it tastes in comparison to real cheese

  2. jessica o'brien | jessohbee

    i loooooove M Cafe. their Big Macro is one of my favorite veggie burgers. and that peanut sauced kale? heaven.

  3. Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I’ve been here one time, but not sure if I saw someone famous…

  4. Tori (Fresh Fruition)

    Those fries look unbelievably good. And I can’t believe that dessert is vegan! It looks so creamy dreamy. It just goes to show you can do anything and everything with the ingredients you have if you know what you’re doing 🙂 So amazing!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      their version is truly crack. people who don’t even like kale love this. and people who love kale (like us)…SWOOOOOON

  5. Emily @ Savory and Savage

    Oh, I am going to have to try Daiya cheese – it looks delicious on those fries.

  6. miriam

    It’s the saddest thing even when you finally watch the last episode of Party Down…and realize there aren’t any more.

    “Are we having fun yet?”

    haha, you didn’t say that to him, I am assuming… 😀

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      oh my LORD i wish i HAD said that. no i didn’t approach him at all.

  7. Erica

    owwww! Both look awesome! ESPECIALLY those fries! How fantastic. Glad you enjoyed the meal.

  8. willgoh2

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and this is my first time posting a comment. I enjoy that you A) post practically day. and that your posts about food isn’t some snobby, gourmet speak sort of thing (not there’s anything wrong with gourmet food, just some people review it over the top). Anyway, I don’t have a eating disorder or anything and I am a total meat eater but your blog still speaks to me. I do, however, have food issues that some would label as “picky” -for instance I don’t like dried fruit of any sort, I eat tomatoes only if it’s cooked down, minced, chunked, etc but if it’s a wedge or larger and I don’t have a knife I can’t eat it. I’ll eat blueberries but only if it’s cooked, but I won’t eat cooked strawberries and hate cherries all together. You get the picture. Anyway, all that to say that I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures of the food even though half the time I wouldn’t eat the stuff (there’s that dried fruit issue again!) and I think part of the reason is because while I may not like some of the foods you eat I know the texture and for me… texture plays a part in my enjoyment of consuming food. I love mixing textures -cold, sweet, and creamy with something crunchy (yogurt w/ granola), rice with gravy, oatmeal on toast… you get it. Anyway, thanks for sharing your eating journey with us, every day I look forward to seeing what you’ve sampled.

  9. Ameena

    I saw Elizabeth Berkeley at M Cafe the other day…how funny. Isn’t she gorgeous?

  10. Liz

    I had their beet lemonade a few years ago in BH- still remember that. The nibbles we had were good too, but the lemonade blew my tiny mind.

    Recently gave up dairy and now checking your blog with renewed interest for hints and tips and signs that there is yummy food (desserts especially) sans lactose. 😀

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