About Suzanne Goin
Suzanne Goin was born in Los Angeles to food-obsessed Francophile parents. A graduate of Brown University, Goin’s background includes positions at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the United States, including Ma Maison, L’Orangerie in Los Angeles, Al Forno in Providence, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, and Arpege in Paris. Her work as executive chef at Campanile put her on the culinary map in Los Angeles and laid the groundwork for her first restaurant.
In 1998, Goin opened, Lucques in West Hollywood with her business partner Caroline Styne. The restaurant met with instant success and Suzanne was named one of Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 1999. Lucques received praise from Condénast Traveler, Gourmet, Bon Appétit and Saveur, including a prestigious 3 star review by the Los Angeles Times. A second restaurant, A.O.C., a groundbreaking concept of inspired wines by the glass and small plates menu, opened in 2002 and met with enthusiasm from the public and press.
Goin collaborated on the menu of The Hungry Cat, the casual seafood restaurant opened by her husband, Chef David Lentz, in 2005, and now with three locations.
In 2006, Suzanne was the recipient of two awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. The first, for her cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2005, received the James Beard Foundation award for Best Cookbook from a Professional Viewpoint in 2006. Suzanne’s culinary achievements were recognized with the award for Best Chef California.
She has received five concurrent nominations for Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation from 2008 – 2011. Suzanne and Lucques Catering have been the official caterers for the annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for the past three years. In April 2011, Goin & Styne were honored to prepare a dinner for President Obama, whose fundraising team selected Suzanne and Tavern for this momentous event.
Tavern, the newest venture by Suzanne and business partner Caroline Styne, opened in 2009. The Brentwood serves as a casual neighborhood meeting place, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a full retail market from the Tavern Larder. Goin and Styne opened The Larder at Maple Drive, an offshoot of their retail business at Tavern, in fall of 2011.
Suzanne is a dedicated contributor to her community and continues to be recognized for her talents and generosity. Suzanne, husband David Lentz, and partner Caroline Styne launched the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade cookout fundraiser in 2010, contributing over $600K to date in funding research for childhood cancer.
Suzanne and David live in Los Angeles with their three children, two cats, one dog and multiple fish.