Paradise People: Dominique Fletcher

December 15, 2016

After hearing stories and seeing photos of Dom Fletcher's famous paella, often served at beach bonfires at Three Arch Bay, I begged our mutual friend Jillian for an introduction. The introduction lead to the perfect partnership for our first Paradise People Party. Dom masterminded the menu and created not only delicious, but visually stunning family style dinner featuring paella and farmer's market fresh salads.
Spending the afternoon with Dom made us to want to get to know her more, check out our interview with her below. 
Where are you from?
Laguna Beach, CA
Where do you live?
Venice, CA 

Where is paradise for you?
Paradise for me is a large table outside filled with family and friends, the sound of laughter, all the eats, and lots and lots of love. 

Tell us a little about your work. 
I am a personal chef- I work for one client at a time and I cook wherever they are. Homes, boats, movie sets, and even at 30,000 feet. 

What does a typical day look like?
My days are ever changing but typically, I cook a lot. I make breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One day I could be cooking Indian and the next Southeast Asain. I have to be everyones favorite restaurant all the time which is fun and challenging! When I am not cooking you can find me at the farmers market, Erewhon, or some obscure market hunting down some ingredient I have my heart set on finding. 

What does your dream work day look like?
Waking up late, a hot cappuccino and writing in my menu journal, strolling through the farmers market, perfecting a new dish, and then feeding it to friends (you said dream) ! 
And since you are a chef, we have to ask...

One ingredient you always have in your kitchen:
Salt, duh! 
But besides that- Yuzu Koshu (Japanese Yuzu Citrus Pepper Paste) and on the sweet side Vanilla Bean Paste 

Favorite dish to cook:
Definitely varies with my mood but I love making fresh pasta.

Favorite dish to eat:
Too hard to pick! I could eat red snapper crude literally everyday lately but if I had to choose my last meal - it would either be charcuterie and cheese with beautiful bread and big bold red or fish tacos from Mc Lulu's Fish Taco Stand in Loreto Mexico, which I'm not even sure is still there.

Go-to-restaurant in your neighborhood:
Gjusta all day, everyday or Takeo (actually in Brentwood)  

All time favorite restaurant in the world:

such a hard question! I love so many restaurants for so many reasons but if I were to pick the most special dining experience it would have to be Per Se. I was deciding to go to culinary school when I ate there and it clicked for me- not the ambience but the dedication it takes to create that level of food. It's like the dining version of the most beautiful ballet. I still dream of the "Oysters and Pearls" dish. Dream restaurant to go to next: Fäviken in Sweden.

Where would you most like to live?

I'll be a brat and pick 3- Big Sur, Jackson Hole, Paris. Come to think of it.. I could just keep moving. I love experiencing new places

Have you ever hitch hiked?
I have- too many times to count 

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