(@LAFoodBaby behind the scenes at GoFish Sushi in Denver, CO)

Do or do not, there is no try.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…food enthusiasts, chefs, and celebrities had no means of mass social networking.  The days of stalking your favorite food celebrities via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were non-existent so if there was a desire to meet your food idols you had to to be rich or extremely clever.  For me, I’m clever.  Judge me by my size, do you? In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.  Let me lay out 4 ways I choose to find more of my foodie idols in 2016.

#1 Movie & Show Premieres
Food Celebrities

(MasterChef Season 6 Episode 16 Premiere at Chaya in Downtown Los Angeles with Stephen Lee and Derrick Peltz)

Use the force young Padawan.  Your favorite celebrities are out there, and you just need to find them! Premieres for movies and shows are great ways to catch a glimpse.  Never tell me the odds.  If I don’t try to find them, I’d be sitting at home in my high chair watching Baby Food Network every night as I grow a baby muffin top.  Get out there, fear is the path to the dark side.

#2 Soft Openings
(Soft opening of Lao Sze Chuan in Glendale, CA with Celebrity Chef Tony Hu) Food Celebrities

(Soft opening of Lao Sze Chuan in Glendale, CA with Celebrity Chef Tony Hu)

Your eyes can deceive you; don’t trust them.  Soft openings usually are slower and invite only, but you will find that in most cases the chefs are readily available to hear input from customers on how to change the menu and the food.  That means they can be found scouring the dining room chit chatting with you!

#3 Grand Openings
(Grand Opening of Chego! at Whole Foods Downtown Los Angeles) Food Celebrities

(Grand Opening of Chego! with Celebrity Chef Roy Choi at Whole Foods Downtown Los Angeles)

There’s always a bigger fish.  Everyone loves grand openings, because they’re grand and they’re open to the general public! You will likely find celebrity chefs supporting one another’s restaurant openings or promoting their own restaurant opening, now you just need to know who you’re looking for.  The force is strong with this one.

#4 Private Supper Clubs
Food Celebrities - The Toddler Foodies

(Private Supper Club LittleMeatsLA with YouTube star Clara C)

Once you start down the dark path, forever will dominate your destiny.  Private supper clubs are the new cool thing, if you haven’t heard of them, you obviously need to drink more cool juice.  If you’re a true food Jedi, you’ll seek out the strange and the new at private supper clubs where food experimentation is at its core.  Chefs and celebrities love these types of intimate settings for two reasons, they get to support their local chef and they don’t get bombarded with fans, except @LAFoodBaby.

May the force be with you.

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