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BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach taps 3 famous chefs for lineup

Manhattan Beach restauranteur David LeFevre

Manhattan Beach restaurateur David LeFevre is the last chef standing on The Food Network's "Iron Chef Gauntlet." To earn the coveted title of Iron Chef, he's got to beat three Iron Chefs in a series of challenges. Manhattan Beach May 2, 2018. Photo by Brittany Murray, Daily Breeze/SCNG

With Willie Nelson, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Beach Boy Brian Wilson set to headline the 40-act lineup for the BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach May 3-5, organizers today announced the chefs who are headlining the SideStage, a 50-seat pop-up restaurant set up just a few feet from the music.

The chefs cooking with a musical soundtrack include Michael Cimarusti, who appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “Hell’s Kitchen” and runs LA’s Providence and Connie & Ted’s, Tin Vuong, the chef-owner of the Little Sister restaurants in Manhattan Beach and downtown L.A. and celebrated South Bay chef David LeFevre of MB Post, The Arthur J and Fishing With Dynamite.

Each chef will run the pop-up on different nights of the festival, creating a $150 per person prix-fixe meals with seatings beginning at 3 p.m.

Night one will belong to Cimarusti, who will cook as Bob Weir and Wolf Bros perform on stage.

“They had me at Bob Weir…and now I get a chance to cook on the stage while he’s performing,” Cimarusti said.

Cimarusti said he’s been a Deadhead since he was 14 years old and has seen the original band about 100 times, so cooking next to one of his idols is pretty much a dream come true.

He isn’t sure what he’ll be serving just yet but said he will be digging through the Grateful Dead catalog for song lyrics or anything that may inspire some dishes.

Vuong takes over the kitchen on Saturday night when Brian Wilson performs.

He’s still developing his menu as well but plans on creating dishes that will be fitting of a Beach Boy vibe.

“It’ll be more of a coastal, beach and probably Asian-influenced Little Sister-type beach cuisine,” he said.

LeFevre will close the SideStage on the final day headlined by Willie Nelson.

“I’ve been listening to Willie all my life, from my parents’ records of ‘Shotgun Willie’ and ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ to my own love of ‘Teatro,’” LeFevre said in a statement. “Creating a menu that matches the setlist of such an iconic musician and activist is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” the statement continued.

Reservations for the SideStage will be open to festival ticket holders only starting March 11.

If you go:

When: May 3-5

Where: Seaside Lagoon, 137 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

Tickets: $95 daily or $259 for a three-day general admission pass; $275 daily or $795 for a VIP three-day pass; $995 daily or $2,500 for a Captain’s three-day pass. The meals at the side stage are $150 per person.

Information: beachlifefestival.com

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