Josie Le Balch with the Scottish salmon at Next Door by Josie on Pico. Photo by Westside People
Josie Le Balch, head chef and owner of Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica, recently showed off a grilled Scottish salmon over roasted vegetables with a horseradish cauliflower cream sauce – and alongside it a Fuji persimmon salad.
“We wanted to play around with a hearty dish that we can put meat or fish on,” Le Balch says. “Working with the farmers market as we do, we’re using a light amount of cream because the cauliflower is so rich when it’s pureed.”
Le Balch has won numerous awards over the course of her career and worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs. She got her start in the kitchen at an early age as the daughter of Gregoire Le Balch, who created the first culinary school on the Westside.
The kitchen at Josie was slammed on a recent Saturday with guests in the elegant dining room with an old-world charm and the more hip Next Door by Josie, which is more of a wine bar and bistro. Both are served from the same kitchen but different menu. Josie Restaurant 2424 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica 310-581-9888
On the Menu: Briar Patch Farms’ Persimmon Salad
Red walnuts, pickled pink onion, ricotta salata
Grilled Scottish Salmon
Over a roasted vegetable hash with cauliflower-horseradish sauce