It is difficult enough to become one of the best cooks in the country. But how to create umami bombs with veggies only? Despite his rough looks (yes, we mean tattoos), LA-based chef Nick Erven is a refined food philosopher, who brings his own sentimentality to the plate “I try and draw upon my own nostalgia whether it be childhood, or something else. Make something that is familiar but new to the guest. I also try and look for the different cultural connections within food. I like to find the common themes in different types of cuisines and try and make something new with them“.