09/30/2010 01:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jose Andres Eats LA: Koreatown, Wolfgang, & Nobu

Via NBC LA: The lovably jocular Spanish Chef Jose Andres (of The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel) gave a passionate defense of Los Angeles dining to NBC LA food blogger Carole Nixon, chastising self-deprecating Angelenos for not appreciating the amazing and diverse food scene in the city.

Angelenos tell me all the time, 'eh, we don't have such good food here.' And I look at them and say, 'How arrogant, I'm sorry.' But I say it in a nice way. I think LA is full of places, it's surrounded by good quality and low price points to high-end price points. LA is one of my favorite cities in the world.

His own personal favorites places to eat: Pizzeria Mozza, Umami and "anything Wolfgang, anything Nobu." His daughters love grilling their own meat at Koreatown restaurants (although Andres couldn't name just one favorite), and he's looking forward to whatever "my boy Voltaggio" has up his sleeve in the coming months. Of the LA restaurant world, he summed up: "Oof! So many to choose from. It's really hard."

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