WALTER EL NAGAR
An Art Curator turned Chef and Founder of Barbershop, is originally from Milan. During his earlier career in his beloved Italy, as well as various European countries, Mexico and the USA, el Nagar has already received numerous recognitions for his technically accomplished Italian cooking. With his own pop-up project Barbershop Ristorante in Los Angeles, el Nagar has gone beyond, proposing an innovative, ever evolving and very personal cuisine: New dishes and combinations never imagined are both exciting and moving in their quest for the deeply essential, and never fail to surprise. Against all difficulties and limitations, Chef el Nagar chose the way of the ‘Culinary Nomad’, considering the pop-up series as a research lab for his creativity, his technique and his vision of cuisine and dining. Landing in some incredibly different neighborhoods of Los Angeles and, at times, opening his kitchen to influential colleagues, allowed him to get in touch with the rapidly evolving culinary trends that are unique to this metropolis, cook for vastly diverse audiences, experiment with cuisines of five continents, while exploring the bounty of California produce, and ultimately develop and crystallize a distinctive style that bridges his Italian heritage with the taste and sensitivity of a modern global citizen.