Every week, Dean Delray profiles the world's best artisans and makers from around the world.
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#75 : Kii Arens - Church Of Color / Artist, Director, Rock n Roller
Today I sit down with Artist, Director, Kii Arens.
This man got his start in the art world back in 1994 working for Michael Lang on Woodstock 94 and his whole world changed.
You may of seen his videos he's directed for Glen Campbell, Ringo Starr and DEVO or some of his amazing Hollywood Bowl Rock Posters.
Tune in and hear Kii's story and take the trip into The Church Of Color.
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#74 : Tay Herrera, Master Motorcycle Engraver
If you are a fan of West Coast Choppers then you definitely know my guest Tay Herrera's work.
On a chance call to West Coast Choppers Tay landed a Dream Job engraving all kinds of parts for Jesse James. This mans story is incredible.
Tay has been engraving motorcycle parts by hand for most of his life. He even engraving an entire motorcycle for Brad Pitt.
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#73 : Josiah Citrin - Culinary expert and veteran of Los Angeles’s gourmet dining scene.
Today on The Grail I sit down with Josiah Citrin and talk all things food including the pressures of being a 2 Star Michelin Chef. Josiah is one of the most incredible Chefs in the industry and also a very cool Human.
Josiah is a two-star Michelin chef and owner of Santa Monica's highly-acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice,Charcoal Sunset and Dave’s Doghouse at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles and Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
His culinary philosophy, “In Pursuit of Excellence” sets the standard for all of his concepts, whether fine-dining or casual. Citrin discovered his passion for food through his family at an early age, growing up in Santa Monica and Venice with a mother who was a caterer, and a French grandmother who cooked family meals.
Their knowledge, combined with his excitement for cooking and business, led him to pursue a culinary career. Citrin moved to Paris to explore his French heritage after graduating from Santa Monica High School, and worked for three years at fine Parisian restaurants Vivarois and La Poste, gaining an understanding of and respect for the rules of traditional French cooking. This invaluable experience taught him both the art and discipline of cooking and fine dining, and formed the definitive basis of his training.
He returned to the United States in 1990 and began applying his skills at Los Angeles’ finest restaurants—notably Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated Chinois on Main and then at Granita. After two years, Josiah moved on to join Patina and Pinot Bistro and cooked alongside famed chef and savvy restaurateur Joachim Splichal.
Citrin subsequently became chef at Capri restaurant in Venice and Jackson’s in West Hollywood. With a heightened interest in French gastronomy and a spirit for entrepreneurship, Citrin launched JiRaffe in 1996 alongside childhood friend and fellow chef Raphael Lunetta. Selling his interest to JiRaffe to Lunetta in 1999, Citrin pursued his lifelong dream of opening his own fine dining establishment by debuting Mélisse which opened to critical acclaim and has been impressing the culinary world ever since.
HONORS Citrin’s honors include: Two Stars from Michelin Guide (2007, 2008, 2021), #1 for Top Food in Los Angeles and #1 American-French Restaurant for Food in Los Angeles by Zagat (2013, 2014), “Best Wine List” by LA Weekly (2015), “Top 100 Restaurants in the World” by Elite Traveler (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), “Top Ten New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine (1997), and “Best Chefs of the Year” by Los Angeles magazine (2012).
#72 / The Grail with Rich Lasner VP of Development at Vox Guitars
Today I sit down with Rich Lasner VP of Development at Vox Guitars.
This mans history in the guitar world is incredible. From his early days at Ibanez working with Steve Via and Paul Gilbert to helping with the 5150 Combo at Peavey to Designing one of the biggest selling guitars ever at Yamaha.
Rich has been on the ground floor for some of the greatest guitar designs ever. His cool Eddie Van Halen stories alone are worth the listen.
These days he's at Vox Guitars working on all kinds of cool stuff. His story is incredible and I really think you guys will dig this one.
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#71 : Blake Kuwahara - Eyewear Designer and CEO of Blake Kuwahara
After a 6 month hiatus I return today with my guest the great Blake Kuwahara owner and designer of Blake Kuwahara Eyewear.
This man has been in the Eyewear game for 40 years. He started out as an Optometrist then worked his way into the eyewear industry as creative director of Liz Claiborne becoming a designer for 7 different brands including Jordache.
Blake then started his own line called KATA ended up selling that brand and now he has a brand new company that is absolutely taking it to the next level in the Eyewear world.
Sit back and hear us dive into all kinds of topics from Architecture,Denim, Design and Glasses. I hope you guys enjoy his story.
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#70 : Josh Rosenberg of Dean Safe
I've always wanted to talk to someone about Safes.
Most people don't think about it until it's 2 late and their house has been robbed.
Today I sit down with my friend Josh Rosenberg who works for Dean Safe and we dive way down the rabbit hole
of everything you need to know about Safes.
We also talk about Stand Up Comedy and great Movies.
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