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.
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.
A classic cooking method tranforms mild white fish into the star of an elegant plate, built from layers of distinct flavors and textures.
This vibrant dish showcases the versitility of shishito peppers with classic Mexican flavors.
This sophisticated vegetarian dish has a hearty texture, and a complex flavor inspired by various Middle Eastern cuisines.