Chef, Owner

Alvin Cailan

LOS ANGELES

About Alvin Cailan

Chef Alvin Cailan’s career began with an elite pedigree comparable to many leading fine dining chefs: a French classical culinary education at Oregon Culinary Institute followed by grueling stints at some of the West Coast’s finest restaurants including Matthew Lightner’s Castagna, Elias Cairo’s Olympic Provisions, and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and French Laundry. After graduation, Alvin served as Michael Hannigan’s chef de partie at Portland, Oregon’s Ten 01, before returning to California to work at Chef David LeFevre’s MB Post. Chef Alvin first grabbed the attention as a trailblazer in the culinary world when he launched the Eggslut food truck in Los Angeles. The truck rapidly became a foodie cult favorite that specialized in affordable egg sandwiches executed with the techniques and innovation of a classically trained, fine dining chef. He recently opened his first New York restaurant, The Usual.

  • Rising Star Chef
    2014
  • "Best Kitchen LA"
    LA Weekly

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  • "Restaurant of the Year"
    Los Angeles Magazine
  • Best Dish "Crispy Pork Belly"
    Time Out Magazine

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