Chef Roberto Martin, former personal chef for celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise, opened his first restaurant venture, eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, in Santa Monica in October 2015. His restaurant showcases what he calls an ‘evolved vegan cuisine,; with a menu packed with flavor and seasonal freshness.
I have always enjoyed being in the service of others, expressing myself through many creative mediums, and working with my hands. I was first exposed to haute cuisine as a waiter in downtown LA and was instantly hooked. I started working as a prep cook and received a lot of encouragement from my peers to pursue cooking as a career. Cooking in a restaurant was one of the first times anyone had ever told me ‘good job’ or ‘you’re good at this.’ I would have to say that my inspiration came from accepting into my heart that I could be successful at something. For this reason, I never hesitate to encourage my family, friends, and employees.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. I was put in contact through an agency. Although I grew up in LA, the closest I’d ever come to meeting a celebrity was sharing a urinal with Jack Nicholson at a Laker game. Suddenly, I found myself working for one of my favorite childhood movie stars.
Sake-braised daikon scallops with shiitake mushrooms and bok choy.
I fell into it. I was an omnivore chef for ten years and it wasn’t until I accepted a position as Ellen DeGeneres’s personal chef that I started preparing vegan food. I don’t believe that vegan food is, in fact, my area of expertise; cooking enjoyable meals is what I do best. The fact that I do not use animal-based products is tertiary.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. The strangest sounding thing on the menu may be the best.
Japanese. I love dipping things in soy sauce!
Folks seem to love our guajillo jackfruit tacos and our coconut magic bar.
Juice, if there is vodka; otherwise smoothie with protein.
eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, 1705 Ocean Ave #111, Santa Monica, CA, USA +1 424 272 8700