California Dreamland Visionary
Susan Feniger – Chef, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author, Radio and TV Personality
A passion for food, and a passion to share it: Susan Feniger uses her exceptional skills, trailblazing attitude, and dynamic personality to do what she loves. A classically trained graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and inspired by the diversity of flavors and cultures in California, Feniger made her first indelible mark on the culinary landscape in 1981 with Chef Mary Sue Milliken, co-opening City Cafe in Los Angeles. With only 39 seats and just enough room in back for a prep table, a hot plate, and a hibachi grill in the alley, the tiny spot on Los Angeles’s trendy Melrose Avenue was an undeniable hit, and in 1985 the duo opened larger CITY Restaurant, serving eclectic dishes from Thailand, India, and Mexico, as well as France, Italy, and their mothers' own recipe boxes. CITY wowed customers and critics alike. The duo also opened Border Grill, which now has outposts in the L.A. area and Las Vegas. Feniger opened her first solo restaurant, STREET, in 2009, creating a unique restaurant dedicated to the authentic flavors of international street food.
But Feniger’s talents have gone well beyond her restaurants’ kitchens. A natural teacher, Susan shares her passion for food through many media, including cook books, television, and radio. In 1993, Feniger was one of sixteen chefs invited to cook with the legendary Julia Child in her PBS series Cooking with Master Chefs. On the popular Food Network, Feniger’s work has included Too Hot Tamales and Top Chef Masters.