California Pizza Kitchen Inc.’s test kitchen in Los Angeles is part menu developer’s fantasy office and part playground for the 200-unit chain’s co-chief executives, Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield. Every sparkling piece of top-of-the-line equipment found in a CPK restaurant kitchen is here and at the ready when inspiration strikes.Today, Flax is in the house creating a Korean-style barbecue pizza, a moment he regards as the “birth of a new dish.” In this delivery room, the doctor wears ...

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