Meet the Spice Master!
Spice up your life! We are so excited to introduce you to Lior Lev Sercarz, chef, master spice blender, and owner of La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, a spice shop in the heart of New York City! After a thirty year culinary career, Lior founded La Boîte as a milieu for educating professional chefs and hobbyists alike from around the globe on the under-explored world of spices. Lior’s infatuation with spices traces back to his roots in Israel, a diverse landscape boasting seventy different ethnic groups and cuisines. It was in his organic farming on Israel’s wild thyme, oregano and rosemary fields and his later cooking during his time as a sergeant in the Israeli army that his passion was cultivated.
Branded as “the spice therapist” among renowned chefs such as Eric Ripert and Daniel Bould, Lior’s spices now appear at esteemed eateries such as Chicago’s Avec restaurant, Philadelphia’s Zahav, and San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. Very much like a mixologist, Lior creates a custom blend of spices from a selection of over 70 spice blends and 120 ingredients based on the likes, personalities, and culinary goals of his customers. This week Lior celebrates ten years since the opening of La Boîte with his new book, The Spice Companion.
The Spice Companion makes for the perfect holiday gift for anyone that is looking to expand their culinary horizons! Please join us on December 15 from 6pm-8pm at our LA location for a chance to create your own spice blend and enjoy delicious bites and holiday cocktails!