LA’s The Magic Castle adds Tasty Tricks to Menu with New Executive Chef Benoit “Ben” LaFleche

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LA’s Historic Hollywood Venue The Magic Castle adds New Executive Chef Benoit “Ben” LaFleche.

The Magic Castle introduced a new executive chef to navigate a new menu direction, while also opening an outdoor dining space.


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The landmark restaurant and venue announced that French-Canadian chef Benoit “Ben” LaFleche will take over the kitchen.


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Chef LeFleche’s Journey to The Magic Castle

LaFleche spent time curating menus at Cheviot Hills’ members-only Griffin Club, and managing three restaurants at the Hilton’s Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Chef Benoit LaFleche

Regulars and SoCal locals realize the food isn’t always the main draw for Magic Castle, a place that has burned through several chefs over the last few years, including Jason Sperber and a short stay by Jason Fullilove.

LaFleche’s hiring could mark the start of a revamp for the 59-year-old venue.

The Magic Castle has a New Outdoor Dining Area

The first time in decades that there’s been an open-air dining option at the Magic Castle. Before it was enclosed in the 1960s, there was a second-floor balcony that eventually became the terrace dining room.

Hollywood’s The Magic Castle

The Magic Castle, the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, is private, allowing entrance only to members and their guests, or through courtesy invitations which are available to magicians visiting from out of the United States.


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A typical evening features magic shows that range from miracles right under your nose to full stage illusions that stun an entire room.

The Castle is full of rare memorabilia and magnificent posters, so there’s a lot to see. Including a critically acclaimed full-service dining room and a number of unique bars, each with its own personality, making it easy to find just the perfect spot for whatever mood you’re in.