Taix French Restaurant
1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
The famous chef, Julie Child, said, “In France every road leads to splendid food. The worthy route is unequaled with flavors.” The French are recognized as the culinary art that has most influenced the entire world’s cuisine. The French tend to use more natural ingredients; grain feed beef, free range poultry, high quality butter, only the best cheese, the freshest vegetables, and premium fruits.
“French cuisine is always carefully prepared eliminating many of the convenient shortcuts that are popular in preparation of American cuisine,” said Taix Executive Chef, Dominique Theval. “I always knew that my career would be working as a chef. I started helping my mother in our family kitchen as a young boy and quickly discovered that I loved cooking,” Theval recalled. “I started training to become a chef at the age of sixteen and attended culinary academy. In France, to become a chef, you have to start early in life or you can’t make it and you have to choose between technical training or an academic pursuit. When I finished my formal training, I worked as an apprentice at the Hotel Meurice in Paris then went to London at the Four Season’s Hotel. I next traveled to Bermuda and Cambodia working as a chef. All my experiences have contributed to my culinary abilities bringing different spices, varied techniques and exotic flavors from each experience into my cuisine,” Theval shared.
“I love Asian cuisine. My wife is from Malaysia so we enjoy discovering new styles of cuisine from all different parts of the world. I came to Los Angeles in 2000 and opened Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Grove. Now I have been the Executive Chef at Taix for five years and really enjoy cooking traditional French country cuisine. I love to make braises and consider short ribs one of my best entrees. I like to prepare fish because it works well with a variety of sauces and spices. I make all my own stocks and I use excellent wines in my sauces which makes a big difference in flavor,” Theval continued. “Everyday I have a ‘Chef’s Special’ on the menu. This is my opportunity to be creative and use my talent to truly make a dish that is really ‘special’ for our patrons. I think that cooking is an art form on several levels so the plate must always be artistically presented.” concluded Theval. Many of the recipes used at Taix are from the original recipe collection of the Taix family but Theval has added his special touches and created some wonderful additions to the menu. This is a great place to come to enjoy French country cuisine that is delicious, well prepared and authentic. “Bon appétit!”