Way Out West

Jimmy Schmidt harvests the best of the local bounty in Palm Springs.

HE WAS ON TRACK to become an electrical engineer, but Jimmy Schmidt caught the cooking bug while studying briefly in France. He ended up in Boston, working under the tutelage of the legendary Madeleine Kamman; from there he headed back to his Midwestern roots, where he ran the show and racked up the kudos for Detroit's London Chop House. In 1985, he opened his first R

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