Cimarusti Credits L.A.'s Next Generation of Diners

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Five weeks following Ruth Reichl's prediction that a return to fine-dining was looming on the horizon, driven by the younger generation of restaurant obsessive, Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti provides evidence that the appreciation for fancier experiences is already occurring. The chef, who runs one of L.A.'s best restaurants with "old-money prices," tells Daily Trojan, "When I look out into the dining room I see a crowd thats younger than its ever been, and is more dynamic than its ever been, is certainly more informed than ever before." The intelligent chef, who admits he wasn't a "model student" as a kid, specifically points to the local crowd as a source of great expectations. "Los Angeles especially has a lot of young people who are really, really involved in the food scene," he tells Eddie Kim, while working on perfecting the seafood comfort selection he's bringing to his new project, Connie & Ted's, this spring.

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