Show 269, April 14, 2018: Alejandra Padilla, Executive Chef, Five Crowns and SideDoor, Corona del Mar

Alejandra PadillaLawry’s Restaurants Inc. announced the appointment of Alejandra Padilla as Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar back in January. Chef Padilla recently introduced her new Spring menu. Chef Padilla joins us.

Featuring the season’s freshest flavors to compliment the restaurant’s classic dishes, the colorful Spring menu welcomes several new small plates such as the Smoked Octopus with meyer lemon yogurt, spring peas and pickled red onions, main dishes like the Coffee Rubbed Short Rib with broccolini, tomato petals, grilled leeks, horseradish gremolata and bordelaise and desserts including the Cheesecake with carrot cake crumbles, walnut ice cream and carrot chips.

Chef Padilla comes to Five Crowns and SideDoor from Hillstone Restaurant Group, where she served as Culinary Manager since 2015. Prior to joining Hillstone, Padilla moved up the ranks at Patina Restaurant Group where she started in 2010 as Sous Chef at La Fonda Del Sol in New York before moving to Los Angeles to take a position as Sous Chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse. She was quickly promoted to Executive Chef, a position she served at two different Market Café locations in Los Angeles.

Chef Alejandra appeared on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats in 2010 and was also the winner of the Season 6 premier episode of Food Network’s, Chopped in 2011.


Show 200, December 3, 2016: Ryan Wilson, Vice President and Executive Chef for Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc.

Ryan WilsonRyan Wilson is the Vice President and Executive Chef for Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc. the parent company of SideDoor and Five Crowns. He represents the 4th generation of Frank/Van de Kamp Family ownership.

Before pursuing his culinary ambitions around the world, Ryan grew up creating dishes for his mother and sister. He officially stepped into the family business in 2002 as the prep cook at the Tam O’Shanter and later transitioned to the Five Crowns kitchen as a line cook.

After following culinary opportunities outside the Lawry’s realm, he returned as the opening chef for The Prime Rib restaurants in China and Japan. Stateside, he served as opening chef for Lawry’s Carvery at L.A. Live and in 2008 returned to the Tam O’Shanter as Executive Chef.

During his time at the Tam O’Shanter, Ryan worked closely on the concept and execution for SideDoor in Corona del Mar and later became the Executive Chef for both SideDoor and Five Crowns. In 2014, Ryan assisted in opening the SideDoor gastropub in Chicago and remains focused on providing the highest quality food service available through his corporate and operational roles.

Chef Ryan’s responsibilities have grown to include the operational oversight of the six licensed Lawry’s Prime Rib locations in Asia and the future growth of Lawry’s international and domestic portfolio.

Executive Chef Ryan Wilson is our guest.



Show 108, January 31, 2015: “Restaurant Coach” Phyllis Ann Marshall, FoodPower

Phyllis Ann MarshallPhyllis Ann Marshall of FoodPower is known as the go-to “growth coach for independent restaurants.” The mission and her passion is to work side-by-side with restaurateurs to help them grow every aspect of their business – from menu and décor to service and operations. As the Founder of FoodPower, Phyllis Ann Marshall offers clients more than 40 years of experience as a culinary expert, business owner, consultant and coach in the restaurant industry.

Marshall’s expertise comes from owning and running restaurants of all sizes, themes and locations coast to coast. As Phyllis Ann says : “You don’t fully understand the restaurant industry until you’ve carried the keys.”

“Independents (restaurants) are the soul of the foodservice industry. They are the source of new ideas. They are the guardians of regional cuisines. Without them, the world of restaurants would be very boring,” she says.

As a service to the hospitality business FoodPower publishes a content rich, monthly newsletter with material genuinely useful to chefs and restaurateurs. It’s available for the asking via the FoodPower Website.

When Phyllis Ann established FoodPower in 1984 her first client was Lawry’s Restaurants. Enough said…

Phyllis Ann Marshall is our guest.


Show 39, August 17, 2013: Gina Doyle, General Manager of Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills

Gina Doyle of Lawty's The Prime RibLawry’s The Prime Rib is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the original restaurant on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills this year. Gina Doyle, the General Manager, was with us to talk about this memorable landmark operation that is still proudly family-owned.

Gina has the honor of being the first female GM in the company at The Tam O’Shanter Inn and now at the flagship Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. All of the employees at the restaurants are known as co-workers but Gina started as a server at Lawry’s.

Change at Lawry’s doesn’t come easily, or taken lightly, but a new menu item was introduced this month. It’s the first new entrée in some two decades! It’s a grilled Lawry’s Ribeye Steak! Every Ribeye is grilled to order. The steak is served with Scallop Potatoes and Crispy Fried Onions.


December 15: Holiday Party Planning Special


Segment One: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Two: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Three: Jet Tila, Chef Mark Kalenderian of The Tam O’Shanter Inn, William Lewis and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Four: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt

SoCal Restaurant Show Holiday PartyIt’s holiday time on “The SoCal Restaurant Show” today so let the festivities begin. Jet and his panel of distinguished experts, are presenting the celebratory menu for a full holiday feast along with some great cooking & entertaining tips.

With Chef Jet in-studio are William Lewis, sommelier and managing partner of The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar in The District in Tustin and Le Cordon Bleu Paris – trained Elizabeth Whitt, an accomplished chef instructor and pastry chef.

Joining the panel by phone at 11:00 a.m. is Chef Mark Kalenderian of the historic Tam O’Shanter Inn in Atwater Village. Chef Mark is our beef expert this morning.


Segment One: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Two: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Three: Jet Tila, Chef Mark Kalenderian of The Tam O’Shanter Inn, William Lewis and Chef Elizabeth Whitt
Segment Four: Jet Tila, William Lewis, and Chef Elizabeth Whitt

Show 9, December 15, 2012: Jet Tila, William Lewis and Chef Elizabeth Whitt Part Three

The historic Tam O’Shanter Inn celebrated it’s 90th birthday in 2012. It is actually the first establishment in what is now Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc.  Walt Disney frequented the atmospheric spot.

Prime Rib is the entrée for Jet’s Holiday Menu. The Tam has been expertly cooking roasted Prime Rib for 90 years so who better than the Tam’s new chef, Mark Kalenderian, to join the panel as the beef expert. They cook some 400 pounds of prime rib each day!


Show 8: December 1, 2012: Executive Chef Greg Harrison and General Manager Jim Colombo of the iconic Five Crowns & SideDoor in Corona del Mar Part One

How do you reposition a 47 year-old landmark known for special occasions and incredible prime rib? Chef Greg and Jim share the process of how they have reinvigorated The Five Crowns so it’s not just your Grandparents restaurant anymore.

As part of the process the former bar area has been remodeled into a popular British-style gastropub with an inspired small plates menu which changes all the time based on what’s fresh in the marketplace. It’s a casual atmosphere and no reservations are required.


Show 8: December 1, 2012: Executive Chef Greg Harrison and General Manager Jim Colombo of the iconic Five Crowns & SideDoor in Corona del Mar Part Two

You can still get that famous prime rib at The Five Crowns but Chef Greg has taken the previous continental menu in a more contemporary new direction. On Friday evenings he creates a special multi-course menu, “The Chef’s Supper,” for a minimum of eight people which is paired with a variety of beverages. There is no announced menu and it’s a one-of-a-kind dining adventure.

Chef Greg’s signature small plate at SideDoor is a vertical Duck Monte Cristo Sandwich with a fresh duck egg (presented sunny side up) placed on top of the two vertical towers of the sandwich. It’s a show-stopper when on the menu…



Entrance to Sidedoor Gastropub in Corona del MarSideDoor is Orange County’s award winning gastropub where the focus is on seasonal small plates portioned for sharing, cheese and charcuterie, and a selection of world-class spirits offered in a lively, authentic English pub atmosphere. The chef on duty at the charcuterie station prepares cheeses and cured meats from around the world as well as the popular house specialty, Avocado Mash. Other menu items include daily soups and salads, Prime Rib sandwiches au jus, traditional pub favorites like fish and chips, toasted pressed sandwiches and house-made desserts. Chicken and Waffles at Sidedoor in Corona del MarA variety of delicious small plates provide high quality dining at good value. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is happy to suggest the perfect drink pairing from a constantly updated list of wines and craft beers and our expert mixologist creates unique and memorable signature cocktails.


Front of SideDoor Gastropub in Corona del MatSideDoor shares the historic Corona del Mar replica of Ye Olde Bell, England’s oldest inn, with Five Crowns, a fine dining destination since 1965. They are owned and operated by Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc.

In their October Best Of OC issue, OC Weekly’s editors selected SideDoor “Best Pub” in Orange County.  SideDoor was named the 2011 “Restaurant of the Year” by Orange Coast Magazine.

Potato Gnocchi

from Executive Chef Greg Harrison of the Five Crowns in Corona del Mar
Yields 6 portions

Large pot with 1 gallon boiling water
1 lb. russet potatoes
8 oz. all-purpose flour
¼ lb. rinsed and trimmed mushrooms
1 egg
1/3 c. vegetable or chicken stock

Boil potatoes (skin on) until fork tender.
Strain and peel potatoes with a towel.
Cool potatoes to room temperature.
Press potatoes through a ricer or break up with a potato masher.
Refill your pot with a gallon of water, add salt and bring water to a boil.
In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with oz. of flour and the whole egg.
Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.
Use the remaining oz. to dust and clean dry work surface. Using a kitchen knife, portion the dough into 6 inch long strips and roll with your hands until as big around as a nickel.
Lay 3 rolled pieces next to each other and cut into
½ inch dumplings with a kitchen knife.