Originally from Auxerre, France, Lefebvre began his career in a professional French kitchen at age 13. During his lengthy apprenticeship, Lefebvre worked with some of France’s greats: Marc Meneau at Restaurant L’Esperance; Pierre Gagnaire at his eponymous boîte; Alain Passard at Arpège; and Guy Martin at Le Grande Véfour. But America beckoned, and he moved to Los Angeles to work at L’Orangerie. Here, he was promoted to head chef at age 25, and saw the restaurant earn the Mobil Five Star Award. Lefebvre went from there to Bastide, with the same glowing accolades. He was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation “Rising Chef Award” in 2001, and was named by Relais & Chateaux one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Chefs.”
Appearances on two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, as well as on Hell’s Kitchen; Iron Chef America; Top Chef; and The Today Show, not to mention a feature in GQ magazine and a 2011 gig cooking for the Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar-viewing party have thrust Lefebvre and his mad genius cuisine into the international spotlight. Most recently, the buzzworthy chef has released a cookbook entitled LudoBites, Stories and Recipes from the Pop-up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre and is judging a cooking competition series on ABC called “The Taste.” His highly anticipated new restaurant, Trois Mec—a collaboration with chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—opened in the Hancock Park area in the spring.