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Test Kitchen Returns With Five Chefs in One Night at Short Order

Short Order chef Christian Page
Short Order chef Christian Page Photo: SauceLA_Mary via Flickr

Last week, The L.A. Times readied the city for the return of the popular Test Kitchen guest-chef concept that took over for a spell in 2010 at The Townhouse, where Picca and Sotto now reside. Today we learn that Test Kitchen is indeed coming back, with a vengeance. Or make that back with burgers, five chefs, and four mixologists, all over one night at Short Order. Who will bring their burgers to Fairfax’s Original Farmer’s Market this Saturday?

This Saturday, Short Order will host such former Test Kitchen occupants as Walter Manzke, Ray’s chef Kris Morningstar, Adam Horton from Raphael, Short Order’s own Christian Page, and Ori Menashe of Bestia, the new trattoria concept coming to Downtown from owner Bill Chait, one of Test Kitchen’s founders.

Each chef will contribute a different burger, such as Manzke’s Vietnamese pork burger or page’s Filet-o-Fish, along with sides, while a crew of four mixologists (comprised of Julian Cox, Son of a Gun’s Daniel Warrilow, Starck Bar’s Paul Sanguinetti, and Chris Parke of Raphael) will be on drink duty. No word on what might fill your cups, but we have the full menu of burger options below, along with the word on who’s making what.

Reservations for Short Order’s one-night-only Test Kitchen affair are suggested to be made over email with your name, number, plus the requested time and size of your party, while walk-ins will be also accepted from 9:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

Test Kitchen Burger Menu
Saturday, February 25th

Menu items include:

Chef Kris Morningstar
Burger: Flavor Burger #6 – beef, house made mortadella bites, moroccan beets with spiced pistachio crunch and yogurt and mint
Special Sides: TBD

Chef Walter Manzke
Burger: Vietnamese Pork Burger – pickled radish, spicy sauce
Special Sides: Taleggio Cheese Beignets, honey aioli + Vegetable Crudites, anchovy and herb dip

Chef Adam Horton
Burger: Korean BBQ Burger – flavors of galbi, kimchi aioli
Special Sides: Quinoa Croquettes, remoulade + Som Tam Slaw, kohlrabi, jicama and market vegetables

Chef Ori Menashe
Burger: The Italian – aged beef, porcini mustard, parmesan aioli, wild arugula, crispy pancetta, oven dried tomato
Special Sides: Crispy Polenta Fries

Chef Christian Page
Burger: “Filet o’ Fish” – sand dab, tartar sauce, American cheese
Special Sides: LA Dog + Scotch Egg + Spuds “Poutine”

Burgers $14-18. Special Sides $5-$12 | All special menu items available a la carte

Test Kitchen Returns With Five Chefs in One Night at Short Order