If you’ve not yet heard the name Cody Shorts being whispered in certain epicurean circles, it’s only because he’s been keeping stealth, building his empire slowly from the ground up. After employment as a bartender at Stubrik’s and various restaurant management positions in and around town, this long-time Fullerton resident came to the realization that front of the house just wasn’t his mission in life.

Polishing his acumen and technique at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, Chef Cody has since been making great strides and flourishes as somewhat of a Kitchen Ninja. Mounting a campaign to push the boundaries, he scoffs at the challenge of utilizing exotic ingredients or executing unorthodox pairings. His high-kicking conventions, limitless energy and passionate drive enable him to concurrently head the culinary teams at The Lime Truck, LamroN Catering and Bourbon Street. (Wow.)

 

Executive Chef | General Manager of The Lime Truck

Inside TV Land when the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” was airing its second season, The Lime Truck’s Jason Quinn had already taken his prize winnings; kissed his mobile days goodbye; and was in the process of chiseling out his first brick-and-mortar. As their new Executive Chef and General Manager, Chef Cody was there to pick up the slack and to make sure that The Lime Truck’s newly acquired celebrity status did not fall by the wayside.

In just a brief time, The Lime Truck went on to increase their Facebook fanbase from 5,000 to 16,000 and was voted Best Food Truck in Orange County. Because of an evolving and innovative menu (they change up about 50% of their food items every week, with the other 50% as mainstays), their followers check the truck’s daily updates religiously and diehard mobs think nothing of driving two hours to be the first to try something new.

Come mid-October, The Lime Truck’s owner Daniel Shemtob will be opening a freestanding eatery in Westwood called TLT (The Lime Truck), furthering their franchise. But fret not, for the four Lime Trucks will still maintain their regular routes and congregate at the food truck round-ups.

 

Caterer | Chef at LamroN Catering

Chef Cody and his crew at LamroN (that is Normal spelled backwards, in case you didn’t catch it) have been a sizzling success at the annual Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals in Indio. What might have had Morrissey, a life-sworn vegetarian, feeling nauseous over the “smell of burning flesh” as he bolted off the stage in 2009 was likely charred, grilled goodness wafting from one of their barbecue booths that tantalized, rather than sickened, the majority of festival goers.

Aside from this yearly pilgrimage to the Empire Polo Fields, LamroN has been a much sought after outfit for weddings, special events and other music festivals across the counties and beyond. Not only do they custom tailor exquisite menus to any occasion, but they’re also well-equipped to provide everything from floral arrangements, table settings, DJs and the like to guarantee that everyone will be gushing for days afterwards.

 

Culinary Consultant | Event Chef at Bourbon Street

After five years of serving traditional Acadian fare more in keeping with the drinking crowd, Chef Cody stepped in to deconstruct and refine Bourbon Street’s menu to reflect the discerning and savvy tastes of more and more of their patrons. Fresh and local ingredients from Melissa’s Produce lighten and brighten the flavor palettes of their deeply-spiced dishes. (See our feature on Bourbon Street here.)

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To promote Bourbon Streets’ newly elevated cuisine, Chef Cody will be hosting Monthly Pop-Up Dinners there for the remainder of the year. The first one slated for this Thursday, September 20 will revolve around fine-aged bourbon and promises to be an extraordinary dining experience.


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So what can we expect in the future from this impressive chef? There’s a platitude that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. We wager that Chef Cody will be making short work of those lemons and whatever else is in that mystery basket. With a personal mantra that “there are no rules” when it comes to inventiveness and creativity, a competitor’s spot on Food Network’s “Chopped” for this knife-wielding food warrior can’t be too distant on the horizon. In the meantime, he’ll be hosting more pop-up dinners; working out a proposal for a late night Lime Truck stop in our SoCo District; and ultimately, securing his own signature restaurant.

Chef Cody Storts — let the name-dropping commence.

Photography by: Maurine Herberich (except LamroN file photos)


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