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JOSHUA KOPEL

Joshua is an entrepreneur, restaurateur and environmental advocate. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the spawn of bootleggers and retail giants, he was bred for the hospitality industry. Throughout Kopel’s 20+ year career in food and beverage he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, located on Alligator Bayou Road, seated on Alligator Bayou (it was exactly how you’re picturing it in your mind) to the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges (far less glamorous than you’re picturing it in your mind). Kopel went independent in 2010, partnering with Mark Egland to opening their first concept Five0Four, a New Orleans-inspired bar, on the Walk of Fame in the heart of Hollywood. Four years later their sophomore effort Preux & Proper opened. 

Kopel’s varied interests and talents have landed him several positions of influence ranging from being voted one of the Steamiest Southern Stars by E! Entertainment Television to the elected position of Business Chair on the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council to founding and serving on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Runyon Canyon, a non-profit focused on the protection of local Los Angeles Park areas. 

SAMMY MONSOUR

Sammy is a third generation chef, cookbook author and food activist. You may recognize him from the numerous network’s he’s appeared on such as Viceland, Food Network, Travel Channel, E! and Hallmark. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and 20 year veteran of the professional kitchen, with roots stemming from his parent’s neighborhood joint in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His passion for sustainability, application of modern technique and devotion to cooking with soul are staples throughout his interpretation of regional American cuisine. His cooking has received acknowledgment and acclaim from many great American food institutions, including James Beard Foundation, Eater, American Culinary Federation and Zagat.

Sammy is the Chefs Collaborative LA Locals Leader and a proud member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force.