Sacha’s Grilled Vegetable Mezze Plate

Late-night burritos, sailboats & Indian silk muumuus

Name: Sacha Pytka

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Location: On a sailboat heading through the Straights of Messina on our way to Greece.

Day Job: I’m working on a knitwear line that should be available this fall.

Daily Uniform: My yukata from Tokyo or an indian silk muumuu, unless I leave the house.

Today, I’m wearing: A vintage Chantal Thomas dress I stole from my mom and a leather and Tahitian pearl necklace I made. A linen reverend’s robe from 1874 and a vintage concha belt my dad gave me when I was little.

I have a few: Hot sauces.

For my next birthday, I plan to: Eat and drink and dance on Ydra, in Greece, in about a week!

Most-Prized Posession: My health.

In the kitchen, I swear by: Onions.

The taste I couldn’t live without: Spice. I LOVE hot sauce, chili flakes…

Most incredible dinner out: I’ve had too many. As long as there are good friends and good wine any dinner can be incredible.

The place I’m dying to visit: Seychelles, those rocks on La Digue have had me dreaming for a long time.

Favorite Recipe: The butternut squash soup recipe in Simple to Spectacular by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It’s so delicious and comforting. You basically boil butternut squash in vegetable broth, puree it, then add a ton of creme fraiche and salt and pepper.

If I could cook for anyone, it would be: I’d love to impress my dad with some perfectly cooked meat.

My five favorite meals from around the world:
1. Late-night burritos at Cactus Taqueria, a tiny stand on Vine in Hollywood.

2. Dinner at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris.

3. Tasting menu at The Fat Duck in Bray, England.

4. Dinner at Hama Sushi in Venice.

5. “Brinner” — the fourth meal — at Fred 62 in Vermont.

My Motto in Life: Fun is most important.

Photography by Olivia da Costa