Magazine article Variety

Latenight Host Trusts His Gut

Magazine article Variety

Latenight Host Trusts His Gut

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Could Kimmel be responsible for LA's food boom?

To say Jimmy Kimmel has a healthy appetite would be an understatement. From diving Into his Italian nonna's marinara sauce as a kid to grilling up his special burger recipe (with teriyaki sauce) for hordes of TV critics at TCA, the latenight host spends a lot of time thinking about his next meal.

Tm a natural-born glutton," he says. And his foodie credentials are legit: Longtime buddy Chris Bianco of Phoenix's famed Pizzeria Bianco advised on building Kimmel's backyard wood-burning pizza oven, while his wedding last year was catered by Animal, the L.A. restaurant known for its noseto-tail menu. This summer, barbecue maestro Adam Perry Lang set up a pop-up bistro on the "Jimmy Kimmel Uve" backiot. with a pit smoker and Texas burn pit.

"If I hear about a good restaurant, I mark it on a list," Kimmel says, "and If I have a good meal, I like to thank the chefs."

But Kimmel's diet isn't all barbecue, pizza and pig tails. He's also a fan of sushi and seafood-focused establishments like LA's Hungry Cat and Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite. …

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