Ted Hopson

Los Angeles

American, Seasonal


Specialities

American, Seasonal

About Ted Hopson

Ted Hopson is the executive chef and owner of the Bellwether in Los Angeles, where he showcases seasonal Californian ingredients in sophisticated, family-style sharable dishes. The combination of his upbringing and professional experience has allowed Ted to hone a unique talent of crafting memorable menus with cozy, nuanced dishes that are vibrant with soul.

Growing up in a large Italian household, Ted developed an appetite for the culinary arts early on. His passion eventually flourished into his craft, rooted in a reverence for tradition and love for real ingredients. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Ted was able to explore higher-end applications of cooking by working at fine-dining restaurants like the Michelin-starred Water Grill in Downtown Los Angeles. Ted has worked as the executive chef of Lukshon, and the famed LA gastropub, Father’s Office. 
He has also appeared on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters.


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Ted Hopson's Video Tutorials

How to Prepare Beef Tongue

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

This amazing yet often overlooked delicacy is grilled, pressure cooked, then grilled again for a flavorful and unique preparation.

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Goat Meatballs with Jeweled Rice and Muhummara

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

In this Middle Eastern-inspired recipe, richly flavored and boldly spiced meatballs prove why goat is one of the most heavily consumed meats on the planet.

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How to Puff Grains and Rice

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

Learn this time-honored technique to add a surprising bit of crunch to your next dish.

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Za’atar Infused Labneh

Ted Hopson
Easy

The luxurious thickness of strained yogurt is the perfect vessel for the tart and earthy flavors of za'atar.

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John Dory Confit with Leek Fondue and Crispy Chicken Skin

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

A classic cooking method tranforms mild white fish into the star of an elegant plate, built from layers of distinct flavors and textures.

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Grilled Beef Tongue In A Watercress Salad

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

This simple and flavorful salad is a user-friendly introduction to enjoying beef tongue.

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Shishito Peppers With Pickled Onions and Cotija Cheese

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

This vibrant dish showcases the versitility of shishito peppers with classic Mexican flavors.

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How to Skim Stocks and Reductions

Ted Hopson
Easy

This simple but essential clarifying techniqe will improve both the flavor and visual aesthetic of soups, stocks, and reductions.

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How to Make a Reduction

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

Master this classic French technique to create a rich, glossy, and intensely flavored sauce.

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Braised Chickpeas With Tomato-Date Ragu and Labneh

Ted Hopson
Intermediate

This sophisticated vegetarian dish has a hearty texture, and a complex flavor inspired by various Middle Eastern cuisines.

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