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AskNOLA: Chef Phillip Lopez

New Orleans is full of seriously good food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Epitomizing this philosophy is chef Phillip Lopez, whose molecular gastronomy spots Root and his newer venture Square Root are both cutting-edge and critically acclaimed while not being too stuffy. Lopez opened Root in the Warehouse District in 2011, which quickly garnered some much-deserved buzz. In April 2014 he opened the tasting-menu-only restaurant Square Root and its more casual upstairs operation Root Squared. Centered around a gleaming open kitchen, food is the focus at Sqaure Root, where diners have multiple courses of avant-garde but satisfying food. Lopez, an army brat who has lived in New Orleans for 17 years, talks about how food should be fun in the latest for our AskNOLA series for GoNOLA TV.


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