Michael Franks talks Food and Chez Melange

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Our guest this morning is Michael Franks and we are very excited to have him on the program.

Michael was born in London and is a graduate of a hotel management school where he studied the finer points of table service and hospitality.

Now, anybody that knows anything about food knows that Michael is the proprietor of the fabulous Chez Melange which has been the dining institution in the South Bay since 1982.

Michael and his partner, Chef Robert Bell, have known each other for over 30 years and it is an irrefutable fact that they are single handedly responsible for paving the way for the South Bay’s burgeoning food scene.

Over the years they’ve opened several eateries throughout the South Bay including: Fino, Chez Allez, Misto Café, The Depot, Descanso, Annie's Pantry, Pizzeria Gusto and Mackey's American Grill.

In 2008, Chez Melange moved to its current location in the heart of Riviera Village where Michael integrated his most recent dining venture, Bouzy Gastropub, which is located in the front room of the Chez Melange space.

Chez Melange is involved in numerous charitable events throughout Southern California, they established the ‘Young Chefs LA’ competition and at one point offered a course at UCLA entitled “Starting Your Own Restaurant”.

They are overwhelmingly supportive of other restaurants, local growers, artisans and vineyards and regularly bring in guest chefs.

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