Mark Peel, Chef and La Brea Bakery Co-Founder, Dies

Mark Peel, one of L.A.’s most influential chefs and a co-founder of La Brea Bakery, died on June 20, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 66.

Peel helped Los Angeles develop into a hub of fine dining and food innovation, creating many of the flavors that L.A. is known for today.

Peel started his career working under famed chef Wolfgang Puck at Ma Maison. The restaurant, formerly located on Melrose Avenue, helped reinvent the Los Angeles food scene.

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