Vartan Abgaryan

Los Angeles

Mediterranean


Specialities

Californian, Italian

About Vartan Abgaryan

With Mediterranean flavors and a California coastal style, Chef Vartan Abgaryan crafts dishes that evoke an emotional response. He is the Executive Chef at Cliff’s Edge, a long-standing neighborhood restaurant in Los Angeles with an Italian/Mediterranean style. He took over Cliff's Edge in 2012 and has refreshed the menu with local California flavors, making the food homey yet updated.

Born in Armenia, Abgaryan moved to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. He originally went to college to become a doctor, but during this time, he also waited tables which is when he fell in love with food. He then attended Le Cordon Bleu and worked under famed chef André Soltner at his restaurant Lutèce. Abgaryan's favorite meal is Sunday dinner when his father cooks the traditional Armenian food of his childhood.



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Vartan Abgaryan's Video Tutorials

Parmesan and Tarragon Parisian Gnocchi

Vartan Abgaryan
Intermediate

"It's such a base recipe that you can flavor it any way you want."

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How to Make a Vegetable Purée

Vartan Abgaryan
Intermediate

"We're gonna learn how to make a vegetable purée using the actual juice from the vegetable."

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How to Break Down an Octopus

Vartan Abgaryan
Intermediate

"This is a great technique to use to cook octopus if you've never done it before."

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How to Cook and Break Down a Lobster

Vartan Abgaryan
Intermediate

Learn a simple technique for cooking and breaking down a fresh lobster.

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How to Bake Vegetables in Salt

Vartan Abgaryan
Intermediate

Baking root vegetables in salt draws out moisture and imparts rich and deep flavor.

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