Former Ubuntu chef Jeremy Fox has officially ditched San Francisco for the Southland, as he confirms with Squid Ink that he became a resident of Los Feliz at the end of 2012, following his summer swan song at Oakland’s Plum and prior to the opening of Freddy Smalls Bar & Kitchen where the chef consulted on menus. The chef explains his embrace of The City of Angels, “I’ve spent a lot of time in L.A. in past couple years and the more I was here the more it reminded me of Atlanta, where I grew up, in terms of the sprawling communities and the different personalities intermixing. There’s more freedom to be yourself.” So, how will the chef choose to express this new-found freedom?
Fox, who’s been roving for nearly two years now, turns down the idea of doing anymore pop-ups like the one he juggled at Animal or back in NorCal. Currently, he’s consulting on menus for Paper or Plastick and has a line of lavender-tinged Marcona almonds under the brand Fox Fine Foods going for sale at Cube, while he continues searching for L.A. restaurant space. The Michelin-starred chef pictures setting up in “a pre-fab restaurant,” possibly inspired by his recent obsession with modern furniture and L.A.’s Eames House.