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Being able to grip a baseball and hurl it at home plate at high speeds isn’t the path most people take toward becoming a professional chef, but for Michael Teich, once a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, this is what his path looks like. About 20 years ago, Teich’s MLB career hit the skids, so he decided to pursue his passion: cooking. Today, he’s the chef at one of LA’s most popular new restaurants, feeding Los Angeles luxury home owners at The Wallace.

The Italian-themed restaurant is run by Teich and his wife Carol, the general manager and wine director. All of their ingredients are locally-sourced, and their menu is ripe with modern dishes like charred lamb shoulder and roasted scallops with butternut squash. Teich says that the seasons really drive the menu at The Wallace, and they plan menus based on what’s available at the market. Teich and his wife work with local fisherman, farms and ranches to source the best products for their dishes, and their seafood dishes are made with products that have been approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s safe and sustainable list.

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When asked about restaurant trends and what kind of dishes are popular right now, Teich said: “People are very interested in where their food comes from so anything that is local, organic and sustainable is big with consumers. Also people are becoming more adventurous and willing to try different things, the secondary cuts. The nose-to-tail type of cooking has really gained a lot of momentum, as well as delicious vegetarian and vegan offerings.”

According to Teich, vegetable dishes are increasingly popular at The Wallace because they make a conscious effort to highlight vegetables that are in season. He adds: “People are surprised how great a carrot in-season tastes, or how savory and satisfying broccoli can be. It’s due to finding the best ingredients from farmers who care about what they are producing. Customers appreciate when they order carrots and they get carrots, not a lot of ‘chef-y’ tricks.”

Of course, moving from a career in baseball to the kitchen came with its challenges, but Teich says that he enjoys having created a neighborhood restaurant that is growing in popularity with Los Angeles luxury home owners. It’s all about great service and exceptional food at The Wallace, which are important to savvy LA diners. Teich went on to say: “Before you open you are just thinking about opening, you don’t really think about the impact you are making on everything around you, but when you feel it and see it just makes you work that much harder to succeed.”

Teich says he always had a passion for cooking, so when a friend took him to a culinary school, he enrolled that day and the rest is history. He’s been cooking ever since.

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