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Rising Stars: Philip Camino adds two new concepts to the Los Angeles fine-dining scene

Fellow and Imari bring together an all-star cast


California this week is scheduled to emerge from pandemic restrictions and Philip Camino is ready to serve a Los Angeles dining community hungry for in-person experiences.

The owner of Camino Industries, which includes The Hudson and a joint partnership on the small local chain Earthbar, Camino in May also opened the sleek restaurant and bar called Fellow, which has an adjoining art gallery. The fine-dining Fellow replaces a more-casual restaurant that closed when the pandemic hit, and Camino gave it a complete overhaul.

And this month, Camino will launch the new concept Imari, at first offering elegant bento boxes for delivery only, but soon opening for dine-in offering a seasonal Japanese washoku menu.

For Fellow and Imari, Camino has assembled an all-star staff.

In the kitchen at Fellow is Chris Flint, formerly of the Los Angeles restaurants Maude and Nomad LA, as well as Eleven Madison Park in New York City, for example. And sommelier and director of operations Scott Lester was previously at The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood and also at Eleven Madison Park.

Imari will be helmed by chef Derek Wilcox, formerly of the celebrated New York City restaurant Shoji, as well as executive chef David Schlosser, known for his work in the kitchen at the Los Angeles restaurant Shibumi.

Listen to Camino describe his 2021 plans for both concepts and beyond.

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