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The word normally associated with Kia Damon is wunderkind. Twenty-six-year-old Damon is the first culinary director at Cherry Bombe, the food magazine for stylish people. At 24, she was running her own kitchen at Lalito, a trendy Chinatown restaurant with good cocktails and mid-century-modern furniture. She moved from Florida, where she cut her teeth working in kitchens and food trucks before doing “special dinners” right up until she moved to New York. She found out about Lalito while reading a magazine in a Publix.

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